These aren’t words lifelong speakers of English are likely to use in everyday conversation, let alone know how to spell. Indeed, even college students, professional. May 28, 2015. To understand why, it's important to understand the Bee's new format: In the preliminary round, all of the qualifying spellers—281 at this year's event, which will be held just outside of Washington, D.C., this week—take computer-based spelling and multiple-choice vocabulary tests. Everyone…