To support various learning modes, the contest will be available in both paper-pencil format and online format
for the 2020-2021 school year.
Use this document if your team is going to take the contest online. If your team is going to take the contest
in the traditional paper-pencil format, click here.
• Nov 5, 2021: Roster deadline. Finalize and submit roster by 11:59 pm CST.
• Nov 11 8:00 am CST- Nov 24
5:00 pm CST: The testing window
• Dec 3, 2021: Results available for Team Leaders. Log on to your account to view your results.
• Dec 17, 2021: U.S. team leaders should be able to receive awards in the mail.
Inform Parents and Get Permission to Publish Name:
It is important
to have parents' support for the contest. Their encouragement and
recognition will help students enjoy the contest and help us to convey
the message 'It is COOL to be good at math!' to students.
for the parent email template.
Create Your Team Roster:
student names to your team: log on to your account and then add your student
names in 'Enter Student
Names Here:' section.
Once you enter a student's name, his/her online login
(username/password) will be generated.
The roster deadline is Nov 5, 2021
Distribute Student Login
and Student Portal Link: Once you enter a student's name, his/her
online login (username/password) will be generated. Email your students
login and student portal link
Click here for the student email
Prepare for the Contest:
Contest problems are somewhat different than word problems students
usually see. To help your students become familiar with the contest
format and problems, let your students practice on
past contest problems. We don't
usually allow team leaders to email students/parents the practice
problems. However, for this school year, you have our permission to email
students/parents the practice problems.
Try the Sample Test:
The best way to ensure your student's device works for the online test is to ask your students to
the student portal and try our sample test before the actual test.
Regarding the online
Nov 11 8:00
AM CST - Nov 24 5:00 PM CST, 2021
Online Test Format:
Length: students will be given 50
minutes to solve 20 problems. The
system will give students a 10-minute-remaining warning message and a
5-minute-remaining warning message. The test will be submitted when time runs out or
when the student clicks the Submit button.
Answer formats: Our online test is not a multiple choice test. It accepts free response answers. However,
only enter numbers (2, 6.5, 100) or single letters (A, B, C, or D) as your answers.
Student Portal: Your students need to log in to the student portal to retrieve the test.
Here is the link to the student portal:
What does a student see after he/she logs into the student portal? Click
here to see what the student's portal looks like prior to taking the test.
Online Test Device/Browser Requirements:
A computer (Windows OS or Mac OS or Chrome OS)
An up-to-date version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox,
High speed internet access
The best way to ensure your student's device works for
the online test is to ask your students to submit
the sample test prior to
Student Submission Progress: As a
team leader, you will receive the score right away after a student
submits the test. Simply log on to your team leader portal to see how
many students have submitted their tests and how well they did.
Proctors need to make sure:
Students do NOT use calculators, smartphones,
or the internet during the test.
Students do NOT talk to anyone or communicate with anyone in any way during the test.
Proctors do NOT answer
questions regarding the interpretation of questions.
a student accidentally logs off/exits the browser – the student should immediately log back on. The student's test will be saved. However, the system timer won't stop running.
a student encounters hardware/software/internet problems – the student should immediately log back on using a different computer. The student test will be saved. However, the system timer won't stop running.
a student accidentally starts the test - If a student accidentally clicks the 'start' button on the student portal,
the system doesn't start the test right away. Instead the system takes the student to a 'staging' area for 30 seconds before the
actual test starts. So if a student accidentally clicks the start button, the student still has 30 seconds to change his/her mind. Once the test starts, the student should complete the test within the 50-minute window.
There is no re-take allowed in any scenario.
The goal of the contest is to encourage students' interest in math, to develop their problem-solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math. A medal or ribbon from our contest gives students pride, encourages their interest in math, and motivates them to excel in math. On the other hand, a medal that is not earned in honesty will not have any of these positive impacts on students, but it will decrease their motivation to learn, ruin their work ethics, and destroy their integrity.
If your students take the test online at home,
please enlist parents to enforce the rules (no talking, no internet searching, no calculator, no communicating with others) and
ask them to resist the urge to help while proctoring the
After the contest
View Student Scores: There
is no need to collect contest paper, grade paper, or enter the scores.
Once a student submits the online test, the score will automatically
show on your team leader board!
Students submitted online tests will
be available from both the team leader portal and the student portal
starting Dec 6. The
tests will be available online for about a month. You are encouraged to
review and work out the problems with students after the contest.
Announce Results to Students: On
you will find results on your team leader portal. You are welcome to
share students scores and results with your students and parents.
Distribute Awards and Certificates:
Medals will be mailed to schools 2-3 weeks after the results are available.
To ensure you receive your medals, double check your address in 'Your
Account' information page. If you paid by Purchase Order, make sure your
school sends the payment check as soon as possible. We will not send the
medals until the actual payment is received.
Other than medals, we also have
digital certificates ('Participation Certificate', 'Team Winner
Certificate', 'National Honor Roll Certificate', and 'Honorable Mention
Certificate') available for you to download and
Schedule a time for the reward
ceremony. It is time to celebrate!