There were no time limits this year. Spellers had as long as they needed to spell their 50 words. Rosemary said her daughter took about 40 minutes to complete the test.
Elizabeth said she preferred the new format.
"You don't have a time limit, so you weren't rushed to think of the word and write it down. You can replay the words as many times as you need to," she said.
Spellers were instructed not to talk about words on the test until the list is released to the public Wednesday afternoon. Generally speaking, Elizabeth said she was not sure how she performed on the test because she didn't know which words would count.
"There were words I knew and words I didn't, like any other difficult spelling test."
Elizabeth and her family planned to hang out in National Harbor, on the shores of the Potomac River in Prince Georges County, Md., just south of Washington, D.C., Tuesday evening.
The bee is being held in the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor.
The bee's first oral rounds begin early Wednesday.
"I'm a little nervous, but I'm excited to get on the stage," Elizabeth said.
Round two begins at 8 a.m., giving spellers their first turn on the national stage. Contestants will spell one word each but won't be eliminated if they misspell. Spellers earn three points for each correct spelling.
Round three begins at 1:15 p.m. and will work the same as round two.
Following those rounds, judges will add up scores from the first three rounds and announce which spellers advance to Thursday's semifinal rounds.
The semifinal rounds begin at 10 a.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The bee's championship finals begin at 8 p.m. Thursday evening and also will be broadcast on ESPN2.
The national champion will win a $30,000 cash prize, an engraved trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, a complete reference library from Merriam-Webster, a $5,000 scholarship from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, $2,600 worth of reference materials from Encyclopaedia Britannica and an online language course and Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader from Middlebury Interactive Languages.
The Gazette-Mail will cover Elizabeth's journey throughout Bee Week. Stories will appear in both The Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail, with updates at www.wvgazette.com and www.dailymail.com throughout the week.
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