CIMA Spellmaster is an all-island school spelling competition open to Sri Lankan nationals between the ages of 14 and 18 years.
The 2009-2010 contest had 2,000 students. This year, 7,000 contestants entered.
Eligibility criteria for 2012
- Students must be aged between 14 to 18 years as of 31 January 2012.
- Students must be attending school full time.
- 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 2012 rules (PDF 112KB). 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 2012, please contact Kishnika Weeresinghe by email at email@example.com or call the Sri Lanka office and speak to Kishnika on +94 (0)112 503 880, extension 260.
How the 2011 competition worked
The students 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, 50 competitions were held in 22 districts.
The 2000 spellers had to participate in oral rounds. These competitions were held provincially in the nine provinces, and a total of 28 competitions were conducted.
From 2000, numbers were pruned down to 250. The 250 came down to the Top 20 contestants in five competitions, which were held at the TV Studio. 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 12 September 2011, 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.
See photos from the CIMA Sri Lanka spellmaster competition 2011: