You Keep getting beaten at Scrabble? With a little practice and preparation, you can beat them at their own game. See Step 1 below for more information.
Know your words. If you do not have a large vocabulary, you will be much less likely to score highly. Study a dictionary.
Aim for the doubles and triples. If necessary, place a low-scoring word on a double or triple to block an opponent from using it.
Shuffle your letters: If you cannot see any words on your rack, then shuffle the letters.
Watch for commonly used letters: A,E,S,N,M,R,T,I. Remember these by using STAR MINE.
Try for a 7 letter word (bingo) it will earn you 50 bonus points.
Do not use an ‘S’ to pluralize a word unless it will earn you a large number of points. Otherwise you are wasting a very useful letter.
When you see a good word, look for another one. There is always a better play to make
Avoid giving other players easy access to bonus point squares.
Try to make multiple words whenever possible. Create an entire word using the letters on your rack, then try to attach it to the beginning or ending of another word. That way you score points for both words. Even better, lay your word alongside (or above or below) an existing word to create a number of 2-letter words. The points for these can add up quickly.
Pay attention to point values. Often a small, simple word using a combination of a high-scoring letter and a bonus square can give you more points than a long word that is poorly placed.
Be careful of where you place your words. Placing a Q or Z right next to a double or triple word score will allow your opponent to use it in a word, garnering 24-30 points for that one letter, plus the points for the rest of the word.