After the Final Test on April 27th

Q. How many states participated in the Finals?

A. Students came from 37 different states and Canada.

Q. How many students from each grade qualified to attend the Final Competition?

A. 5th graders: 117 students qualified to attend

7th graders: 175

6th graders: 170

8th graders: 182

9th graders:  77

10th graders:  65

11th graders: 62

12th graders: 51


Q. How are the awards determined?

A. The top 50% of each grade is broken into the top 1 person who receives the National Winner award.

3% of that 50% receive a Gold award

5% Silver

7% Bronze

35% Honorable Mention




After receiving an invite for April 27th:


Q. Do students need to bring anything?

A. No! We will provide #2 pencils and there will be mechanical pencils available.


Q. Will a calculator be allowed?

A. No, for this test no calculators can be used. 


Q. How long is the test?

A. 100 minutes


Q. How many questions are on the test?

A. 40 questions


Q. Does a parent have to be present with their student?

A. No, as long as there is an adult (teacher/coach/tutor/parent) chaperoning the student and their group. 


Q. Are the hotels close to the venue?

A. Yes, the hotels we have partnered with are on the McCormick Place campus.


Q. If I as a parent do not want my student’s picture used online or for any other purposed what can I do? How do you insure that my student’s picture will not be released publicly?

A. When filling out the media release form before the event, be sure to fill it out accordingly. We take extra steps to insure that each child’s safety is protected during and after the event. 









After the test:

Q. What happens next?

A. Once finalists confirm their participation, they are officially in. There is no further registration!


Q. After my student registers as a finalist what do we do?

 Once you have confirmed that you are interested in attending the conference, you do not need to do anything further. We will contact the email you provided when confirming and give you more information.


Q. If my student is on the waitlist what exactly does that mean?

The student may be contacted to attend, and you will find this out on March 26th. It’s just a matter of how many finalists confirm and how many waitlisted students confirm. Confirming the waitlist is not a binding commitment.


Q. When do we find out if waitlisted students are invited to attend?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019


Q. Are parents invited to MathCON?

Yes, they are more than welcome.


Q. What is there for parents to do while the students take the test?

Parents/teachers will be able to participate in a Rubik’s cube competition and Game 24.

The test is 1 hour 40 minutes long, and it would be difficult to leave McCormick Place and come back in time for the awards ceremony. But after the competition is over around 4:30 you will have an opportunity to explore the city. Check out https://www.choosechicago.com/ for more info.


Q. Do parents need to give their emails? Can information just come through the teacher/coach and be passed on to students?

Parent emails are not required. Having direct communication with parents will help so we can keep them posted on accomodation options and details of the event. Plus, students can also enter their parents’ email addresses and confirm their participation, when they log in to their own account.


Q. Are you offering blocks of hotels?

We are working on it! There is a Hilton and a Marriott within McCormick Place that we are working with to get room blocks at the best price possible.


Q. What airport should we fly into?

Either O’Hare or Midway are fine options. You may find cheaper flights coming into Midway. Here is information about getting to McCormick place via public transportation:



Q. Would we be able to catch a baseball game after MathCON?

The event will be over by 4:30 pm. Mccormick is not far away from US Cellular Field for a game starting at 6:00 pm


Q. Do you offer any discounts for teachers traveling with their students?

No, unfortunately we do not.


Q. How do we get to McCormick Place?

Public transportation is the cheapest way to get there. But you can also drive and pay to park at McCormick. Check out this awesome website for more info:



Q. Why are we not posting all results?

For privacy reasons we are not posting all the results for all the participants.


Links for more information about what you can do around McCormick Place: 

Sightseeing near McCormick Place: https://www.choosechicago.com/meeting-professionals/mccormick-place/go-sightseeing-near-mccormick-place/

McCormick Place: Chicago’s Convention Center information- https://www.choosechicago.com/meeting-professionals/mccormick-place/


MathCON Online Competition

Thank you for registering for MathCON! If you haven’t uploaded your student list yet, you can do so now using the login you created when you registered. (Forgot Your Password?)

Accessing Student Logins for Test

If you have already registered your student list, you will now be able to see student usernames and passwords in your admin account. You can find them by using the login you created when you registered. You will also be able to download the student usernames and passwords as an Excel file. Each student takes the test individually, not as a team.

Sample Tests for Students

Sample tests for students are now available! Students may log in with the credentials that are located in your admin account. Students must be registered and have a username/password assigned to them before they can take the sample tests.

Sample Tests for Students NOT taking the Scored Test

If you have a student that wants to take the sample test and not the scored test, upload the student name as if they were participating in the test and a username/password will be assigned.

How to Access the Online Test, Test Times

When your student is ready to take the online test, he or she will be able to click the “Login” link located on the MathCON.org menu bar to get started. Testing begins at 7 AM EST on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 until Friday March 1, 2019 at 8 PM EST. Online test is available to take between 7 AM EST – 8 PM EST on weekdays only, MondayFridayStudents are permitted to use a calculator for the entire online exam.

Uploading more Students

Remember, you can upload as many students as you want! The student lists are not limited to one grade, one class, or one subject. You may add students up until the last day of testing which is March 1. 

Still need to Pay?

If you have registered, but have not paid, you may do so by logging into your admin account with the username and password you set up when you registered. If you are paying by check or purchase order, please allow 7-14 days for processing. PayPal is instant and preferred if you wish to facilitate the test immediately. You cannot begin the test until payment has been processed.

Q. Do students take the online test on the same date at the same time or can they take it at home on their own?

A. The online testing window will be open between Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7 AM EST, until Friday March 1, 2019, at 8 PM EST. Students must take the online test in their own schools with their teacher supervising them, or home schooled students must be monitored by a guardian.

Q. Do I have to administer the test all at the same time?

A. The online test, which consists of 40 multiple choice questions, must be completed in one sitting for each group. However, you can administer the test to different groups of students at different times and dates. For example, you can schedule classroom 6-A to take the test on Monday, classroom 6-B on Tuesday, etc. Each student will be given a unique username/password and we will send those username password list one week before the online test. Once the student starts testing, he/she should complete the test in 40 minutes.

Q. Is the test timed and what is the time limit?

A. The online test will be timed: 40 minutes, 40 online questions.

Q. What grades can participate in the competition?

A. 5th-12th Grades

Q. Is the school registration cost the only fee to participate in the competition? How many students does that include?

A. Yes, the registration fee is the only cost. This fee includes an unlimited number of students from each school, but not district or network. Each school must register independently. All students can take the online tests. If the qualifying students come to Chicago for the finals, there is no participation fee. Travel and lodging expenses need to be paid by the students’ families or the school.

Q. Do we need to install any software to take the online tests?

A. No software installation is required. The test is web-based. Students may also use their iPads or Chromebooks to take the test.

Q. What is registration cost for a school?

A. Registration cost is $150 (Early Bird) until November 23, 2018 for each school. The fee increases to $200 after November 23, 2018 (11:59 PM EST) through March 1, 2019 (11:59 PM EST). The last testing day is Friday March 1, 2019, ending at 8 PM EST.

Q. What is the registration cost for an individual student?

A. Registration cost for an individual student is $10.

Q: What types of payments do you accept?

A: Payments can be made with check, purchase order or credit card/PayPal until the date of testing. If the school is sending a check, please make sure we receive the check before the first test day the school scheduled the MathCON Online Test between January 22, 2019-March 1, 2019. If submitting a purchase order,  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD W-9 FORM FOR INVOICE PURPOSES.

 Q. Why is there a registration fee and what is that money used for?

A. MathCON reaches out to students every year with 2 related goals: To contribute to their academics by challenging and entertaining them with more rigorous and insightful math problems, and to promote high-quality math education. Making money has never been, and never will be, the goal. In fact, MathCON is organized by Concept Schools, a non-profit 501(c)(3). A registration fee is necessary in order to cover the expenses MathCON incurs by providing the prizes (for both the tests and the photo contests), awards, venue for the finals and award ceremony, special guest speaker, printed booklets, food, labor, system-software expenses, website maintenance, question pool creation, and more. We are doing our best to improve the quality of the organization by adding new components every year based on the feedback from the students, teachers and the community. As much as we would love to make the registration free, this would not be a feasible solution for the survival of the MathCON competition in the upcoming years.

 Q.  Are students able to take the online test using iPads and/or Chromebooks?

A.  Yes, the students can take the test using iPads/Chromebooks. To take the online test:

Please provide your students with the username and passwords you used to register.

The online tests can be taken on iPad directly using the Safari browser, too.

Using Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Safari, have them go to TAKE THE ONLINE TEST.

Have your students log in using their MathCON profile username and password.

MathCON online test has 45 multiple choice test questions for each of the grade levels 5-12.

Have your students proceed with answering the questions by selecting the best answer; the entire test is multiple choices.

Attention: In case the online test freezes after a student has started, the student should close the browser window and re-open it. When the student closes the browser window, he/she will not lose any answers because the system records the answer of each question when they click Next. When the student re-opens the test, the questions that are already answered will be marked blue. Note that the system will randomize the questions every time you open the test, so the questions’ locations will be different.

 Q.  How do I register my students online?

A. Click here to register your students online. Use the username and password you created to log in. After you register your students, each student will receive a unique username and password to be emailed to you by January 14, 2019.

 Q.  I forgot my password, what do I do?

A. Click here to reset your password and check your email for the reset password link.