Exclusive: Spelling Bee's New Vocab Test
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The country's top spellers are outside Washington for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. In an historic change, contenders must also know the definition of some words. The AP got exclusive access to the quiz kids took before taking the stage. (May 29)

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DURATION: 1:34-----------------------------------------(NAT SOUND)"Cyanosis. May I have the definition?"(SUPER = Fort Washington, Maryland)SOME KIDS FELT A LITTLE STUNG BY AN HISTORIC CHANGE AT THIS YEAR'S SCRIPPS NATIONAL SPELLING BEE.(SOT)(SUPER = Mitchell Miya, 14, Eighth-grader from California)"I didn't like the vocab part."NORMALLY THESE ELITE SPELLERS ASK FOR A WORD'S MEANING... NEVER BEFORE HAVE THEY BEEN ASKED TO DEFINE A WORD THEMSELVES. (SOT)(SUPER = Minka Gill, 13, Eighth-grader from Indiana)"If you just know how to spell words, it's not going to help you. You need to know how to use them."AND THAT LED ORGANIZERS TO ADD A VOCABULARY SECTION TO A COMPUTERIZED SPELLING TEST TAKEN BEFORE ANY SPELLING ON STAGE BEGINS.(SOT)(SUPER = Paige Kimble, Executive Director, Scripps National Spelling Bee)"It's to recommit the Bee to its purpose, which is to help students improve their spelling and increase their vocabularies, learn concepts."BUT THE 281 CONTESTANTS ONLY LEARNED OF THE CHANGE IN APRIL, LEAVING LITTLE TIME TO PREPARE. (SOT)(SUPER = Lily Allingham, 13, Middle-schooler from Delaware)"I didn't really see that coming."MOST ARE TAKING IT IN STRIDE. (SOT)(SUPER = Mitchell Miya, 14, Eighth-grader from California)"It was pretty difficult, but I think I did okay on it though."ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTER JOE WHITE GOT EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO TAKE THE 24-QUESTION, MULTIPLE-CHOICE VOCAB TEST HIMSELF. (SOT)(SUPER = Joe White, Associated Press Sports Writer)"It was an interesting dynamic sitting in a room with big noise-cancelling headphones, this very sterile room//The words appear on the screen and you blink a couple times and think, 'Oh, do I really know that one? Have I ever even heard of that word?'"(SOT)(SUPER = Mitchell Miya, 14, Eighth-grader from California)"Lutheir - a person who makes stringed instruments."COMPUTER TEST SCORES ARE COMBINED WITH ONSTAGE SPELLING TO DETERMINE THE SEMIFINALISTS AND ULTIMATE WINNER.(SOT)(SUPER = Lily Allingham, 13, Middle-schooler from Delaware)"I'm trying to keep a level head about it and not let spelling take over my life."... AND THAT'S THE VERY DEFINITION OF A COOL COMPETITOR. MATT FRIEDMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS.--------------------------------------------------------------------SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYFort Washington, Maryland - May 29, 20131. Wide of Scripps Howard National Spelling BeeUPSOUND - "Cyanosis. May I have the definition?"2. Wide of half of the spelling bee participants on stage3. Student at microphone spelling4. Wide of stage5. Mitchell Miya on stage6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mitchell Miya, 14, Eighth-grader from California:"I didn't like the vocab part."7. Wide of other half of spelling bee participants8. Speller walking to microphone9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Minka Gill, 13, Eighth-grader from Indiana:"If you just know how to spell words, it's not going to help you. You need to know how to use them."10. Mika Gill getting up from seat to go spell11. Gill walking to microphone12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Paige Kimble, Executive Director, Scripps National Spelling Bee:"It's to recommit the Bee to its purpose, which is to help students improve their spelling and increase their vocabularies, learn concepts."13. Gill spelling word at microphone14. Mid of some spellers sitting on stage15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lily Allingham, 13, Middle-schooler from Delaware:"I didn't really see that coming."16. Wide of Miya on giant screen17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mitchell Miya, 14, Eighth-grader from California:"It was pretty difficult, but I think I did okay on it though."18. Associated Press reporter Joe White putting on his glasses19. Tight of White typing on laptop20. SOUNDBITE: (English) Joe White, Associated Press Sports Writer:"It was an interesting dynamic sitting in a room with big noise-cancelling headphones, this very sterile room. The words appear on the screen, and you blink a couple times and think, 'Oh, do I really know that one? Have I ever even heard of that word?'"21. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mitchell Miya, 14, Eighth-grader from California:"Lutheir - a person who makes stringed instruments."22. Pan down to kids spelling on stage23. Mid of student spelling at microphone24. SOUNDBITE: (English) Lily Allingham, 13, Middle-schooler from Delaware:"I'm trying to keep a level head about it and not let spelling take over my life."25. Allingham spelling at microphone