Okay, so we recently covered some really awesome online word games to help you start training your brain for Scrabble. Today, we are going to share with you five fun online quizzes which are madly addicting and will specifically help sharpen your Scrabble skills.
These quizzes come from an insanely entertaining website called Sporcle. In case you’re not familiar with the site, their tagline is “mentally stimulating diversions,” which should give you some indication of what to expect on their site.
The only warning we offer is don’t start wandering outside of the quizzes in this list! You’ll soon be wasting the rest of your day and won’t even know it until it’s too late!
With that being said, here are our top five quiz recommendations for becoming a better Scrabble player.
Master Your Three Letter Words
This first quiz is actually quite useful even though it might seem silly at first. The task is to run through the list of three letter combinations and click on either I or L to indicate whether or not it’s a legal or illegal word in the Scrabble dictionary.
Seem like a waste of time? It’s not.
In fact, did you know that there are just over 1,000 legal three letter words in the Scrabble dictionary? That’s a whole lotta words to memorize, so it may be easier to pick the fakes out of the bunch, even if you can’t name all the legal words.
Trust me, I have all the valid two letter words memorized at this point…but I definitely haven’t mastered the 1,000+ three letter words yet. Every once in a while when I’m playing someone new, they’ll bust out one that I am quick to challenge only to find out that I was mistaken.
Memorize Your Two Letter Words
A much less daunting goal is to make sure you have all the valid two letter words memorized and at your disposal when playing. If you want to win Scrabble, having these stored in your memory is going to be absolutely necessary. I’m afraid there really is no getting around it.
This quiz is pretty straightforward. You simply have to type in all the two letter words in four minutes or less.
Practice Your Anagrams
But finding words within words isn’t exactly easy for most people, at least not without some practice. This is more true for longer letter sequences. The best way to get better at solving word jumbles is to practice, like with most things.
Word jumbles are one of the most helpful types of puzzles for improving your Scrabble skills. I do the one in my local paper everyday, and it really does help. Especially when it comes to finding a seven letter combination on your rack and scoring a bingo!
But to help you get started with forming new words from the letters of a different one, this quiz gives you a list jumbled five letter words and gives you seven minutes to find FIVE different words that can be formed using the letters in each combination given. Best of luck!
Score High Points for Few Tiles
Surprisingly enough, you can actually manage to score upwards of 50+ points by strategically placing only two letters on the board in some cases. Words like QI and XU make this possible, obviously.
But let’s not forget that there are many four letter words which can score you significant points as well.
That’s exactly what this quiz is going to help you identify. You are given a clue to figure out what the word is. The criteria is that every word in the list has a combined tile value of at least fifteen points, without any double or tripe squares being factored in.
This one also helps you become more familiar with the values of each letter in the game, if you don’t have those memorized yet.
Get to Know Your Prefixes and Suffixes
But I found this one quite challenging, to say the least. It’s not that I am unfamiliar with any of the answers in this quiz, but to try and think of them all at once and on the spot is not as easy as you might expect.
Oh, and we’re not just talking word endings like ‘ing’ and ‘age,’ either. On the contrary, your task is to provide the top 90 most common prefixes and suffixes used in the English language! That be more than a few, son.
Don’t forget your more obscure suffixes like ‘ship’ and ‘esque.’ I won’t spoil any more of it for you though, just go give it a shot and sit there in wonder at how dumb it makes you feel when your timer runs out and you’re starting at a screen with only a few answers filled in. Don’t be discouraged though.
Learning as many prefixes and suffixes as possible is of he utmost importance if you want to win Scrabble games. It’s all about hooking onto existing words and this quiz will help you keep all those possibilities fresh in your mind when playing.
Category: Word Games