NLMC Dates and Procedures
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Important Dates
Mar 31: Roster deadline. Submit your final roster by 11:59 P.M. CST.
Apr 3: Tests in paper format are available to download.
Apr 6: First day of the testing window.
Apr 20: Last day of the testing window.
May 1: Results are published on the team leader portal.
May 12: U.S. team leaders should be receiving awards in the mail.

  • Prior to the Testing
    • Send Parent Letter Home

      It is important to have parents' support for the contest. Their encouragement and recognition will help students enjoy the contest more and send the message 'It is COOL to be good at math!'

      Sample Parent Letter and Name Release Permission Form

      Collect Parent Permission Slip:

      We will need a parent permission to publish student names and scores on our website. We don't need you to return the permission slip, but please collect them and keep them on file.

      Create Your Team Roster:

      All participant names must be submitted on the Team Leader portal before the Roster Deadline. To add student names to your team: log on to your account and then add your student names in the 'Enter Student Names Here:' section.
      Please make sure all participating student names are entered before the deadline. No students outside the roster should be allowed to participate in the contest!

      Check the 'Do Not Publish Name' flag only if you (or the student's parents) do not want the student's name (first name, last name initial) to be published on our winner's board

      The roster deadline: March 31 11:59 PM CDT

      Prepare for the Contest:

      The NLMC problems are non-routine math problems that call for creativity, originality, and thinking skills. To help your students become familiar with the types of problems, please host a practice session prior to the contest and let your students work out past contest problems.

      As a team leader, you are given two sets of past tests for students to practice. After you log into the Team Leader portal, click on 'Practice Problems.' 

      If you don't have time for a practice session during class, advise students to study and practice at home.    

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      Download the Contest Papers:

      The contest papers (problems and keys) will be posted on the Team Leader portal three days prior to the contest date. Simply log on to the Team Leader portal and click on 'Documents.' If there is any problem downloading the contest papers, please contact us as soon as possible. Please download the contest paper and make copies for your students prior to the contest date.

  • Proctoring Guidelines
    • Make sure all participating students are on the roster. No students outside the roster should be allowed to participate in the contest! You may not swap an absent student with another one that is not on the roster.

      All participating students on your team must take the contest at the same time. You may administer the contest anytime you choose during the testing window: 

      April 6 8:00 AM CDT - April 20 5:01 PM CDT

      Proctors need to make sure:

      Students will be given 45 minutes to work on the problems.
      Students should work independently.
      Each student has scratch paper, pencils, rulers, and erasers.
      Students should NOT use calculators, smart phones, or internet resources.
      Students should NOT communicate with anyone in any way.
      Proctors should NOT answer any questions about the content of the test.

      Please announce the total time allowed prior to the start of the contest. You should also announce when there are 10 minutes remaining and 5 minutes remaining. 

  • After the contest
    • Collect the Testing Papers

      Grade the Testing Papers:

      Grade the testing papers using the answers keys given. Student answers must match our answer keys perfectly. Each correct answer will be given 5 points. No partial points should be given for any questions.

      You may discuss the problems and solutions with your students after the contest is administered. However, do NOT distribute the contest problems/answers to students until after the score submission deadline.

      Enter the Scores:

      Enter the scores through the Team Leader portal. Please double-check your submission before the score submission deadline. Due to limited available resources, we won't be able to correct your mistakes after the score submission deadline!

      The score submission deadline: April 21 12:00 AM CDT

      Review Contest Problems:

      You are encouraged to review and work out the problems with students after May 1. However, keep each student's original contest paper on file for at least a year. Do not allow students to take their original contest paper home.

      Announce Results to Students:

      On May 1, you will find results on your team leader portal. You are welcome to share students' scores and results with your students and parents. 

      Distribute Medals:

      Awards will be mailed to your school (the mailing address you entered during your registration) 2-3 weeks after the results are available.

      Note: 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 'Mathlete Certificate', 'Team Winner Certificate' and 'National Honor Roll Certificate' available for you to download, print, and distribute. The certificate links will appear on the student table on the Team Leader portal after May 1.

      Award Ceremony:

      Schedule a time for the award ceremony, and send invitations to students, parents, and colleagues! It is time to celebrate! 

Questions? Feel free to email at any time!