I registered my child for the Spelling Bee, as another parent from my child's school convinced all of us saying it was good exposure. But soon I found out that this is nothing but a major scam.
The organizers charge huge amounts of money for some books and lectures, which is over and above the exam fees.
They promote children easily to the next level. At each level the fees increase. And there are many many levels before the finals.
They demand separate fees for oral and written rounds, which is not disclosed earlier.
They do not disclose how many people qualified, or what % qualified.
They are very rude people to deal with.
The organization of where the exam is held, time for reporting etc. is not communicated properly.