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The Vocabulary Bowl

An academic competition for everyone.

Students at thousands of schools around the United States and Canada are competing in the annual Vocabulary Bowl — a competition to see which schools can master the most words.

What makes the Vocabulary Bowl so special is that every student who plays and learns on Vocabulary.com is “on the team” for their school. If they’re enrolled, they’re in. It’s that simple.

Does your school have what it takes to win? Join the competition and start mastering words today.

This year's Vocabulary Bowl concluded on April 30th. But you can still compete in our post/pre-season competition for a monthly banner!

Are you in?

Here's how to get started.

If you are a student or educator in the United States or Canada, getting involved in the Vocabulary Bowl is as easy as signing up for a free account on Vocabulary.com and selecting your school.

Every word you (or your students) master after you sign up will add a point to your school's total, and bring your school one step closer to winning the bowl!

What's in it for you?

Aside from a better vocabulary? Lots.

After the results are tallied for the school year, winners will be announced in May 2020. The top middle school and high school will be awarded Championship Trophies at a special ceremony held at each school. The top 100 students at the winning schools will each be awarded a medal celebrating their achievement.

Trophies will also be awarded in Divisions I, II, and III to the top high school and the top middle school, and to the high school and middle school runners-up.

We also award a nifty banner to each month's winning high school and middle school, to the top ten schools in each division, and to the overall winners from every state at the end of the bowl. That's a lot of banners!

Who's eligible?

All students attending K-12 schools in the United States and Canada are eligible to participate. Simply sign up for Vocabulary.com and select your school when you create your profile. Read the full contest rules for details.

During the 2018-19 school year, students at more than 39,000 schools around the U.S. and Canada participated. This year we expect even more schools to participate as students compete to win their county, state, and national contests.

Which school will come out on top at the end of the school year? It’s anybody’s game, so get started today!

Please read our full contest rules for all eligibility details.

Recent Vocabulary Bowl News from the Vocabulary.com Blog

See which schools were crowned Champions and topped the Division and State Leaderboards in the 2019–2020 Vocabulary Bowl! Continue reading...
The Vocabulary Bowl season concluded on April 30th and the preliminary results are in! Find out which schools are projected to win, and if students across North American hit the 40 million words master goal. Continue reading...
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The official Bowl season concludes on April 30, 2019. Remote learning hasn't affected the race to the top of the leaderboards, but it will have an impact on the way we deliver those hard-earned prizes. Here's what's new (and a little different) about the upcoming Vocabulary Bowl season. Continue reading...
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Schools are closed, but students are still competing, and the Bowl must go on! Check out our special "working from home" edition of the monthly video recap. Where does your school stack up on the leaderboards? Continue reading...

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Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.