CIMA Spellmaster 2014
Event type: Local events
CIMA Spellmaster is an all-island school spelling competition open to Sri Lankan nationals between the ages of 14 and 18 years.
The competition which took the island by storm and started out with just 1,200 students island-wide has now become a household name and has a participation of over 7,000 students.
Registration for the 2014 event is now open.
Spellmaster was rated as the number one education programme in the island and rightly secured the titles of "Best Education TV programme of the year" at the 2010 Asia Media Awards Ceremony and "The Best TV Quiz Show" at the 9th Raigam Tele Awards 2012.
Eligibility criteria for 2014
- Students must be aged between 14 to 18 years as of 31 January 2014. (i.e. born between 01 January 1996 - 31 December 1999)
- Students must be attending school on a full time basis.
- All applications must be approved by respective heads of school.
- Each school may send a maximum of 20 students to take part.
- The competition is open to Sri Lankan nationals only.
Download Spellmaster 2014 rules (PDF 157KB). Please note all rules are subject to change.
How to enter
Entry forms are sent to over 2,000 schools island wide. Students enter and compete as individuals. The school must nominate 20 candidates to represent the school.
If your school has not received an application form, please download a copy.
To take part in CIMA Spellmaster 2014, please contact Kishnika Weeresinghe by email at email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Sri Lanka office and speak to Kishnika on +94 (0)112 503 880, extension 260.
Deadline for entry: 31 August 2013
How the 2012 competition worked
The 8000 students who entered the competition had to first sit a dictation round. Those who passed this test (pass rate is based on the numbers who have the highest marks in a particular area) then moved in to the next stages of the competition, 27 preliminary rounds were held in 23 districts.
The 3000 spellers had to participate in the pre-quarter finals (oral rounds). These competitions were held provincially in the nine provinces, and a total of 29 competitions were conducted.
From 3000, numbers were pruned down to 500 at the quarter finals. The 500 came down to 100 contestants in five competitions, which were held at the TV Studio. Four competitions were held to bring these 100 competitors down to the Top 20. Once the Top 20 were determined, eight competitions were held and two contestants were eliminated at every competition till there were only four contestants left.
These four finalists had to then battle it out at the Grand Finals, which were held on 31 March 2013, where the winner was determined.
The Spellmaster competition is organized by CIMA in partnership with Sirasa TV, a leading national TV channel in Sri Lanka.