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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 Monday January 22, 2018 at 8 am EST, until Friday March 2, 2018 at 6 pm EST. Students must take the online test in their own schools with their teacher supervising them, or homeschooled 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 45 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 45 minutes.

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

A. The online test will be timed: 45 minutes, 45 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?

A. Registration cost is $150 (Early Bird) until November 22, 2017 for each school. The fee increases to $200 after November 22, 2017 (11:59 PM EST) until February 22, 2018 (11:59 PM EST). The fee then increases to $250 after February 22, 2018 until the last registration date of March 1, 2018 (11:59 PM EST). The last testing day is March 2, 2018, ending at 11:59 PM EST.

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

A. MathCON reaches out to more students every year with 2 related goals: To contribute to their academics by challenging and entertaining them with more rigorous and insight 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 accept the registration for free, this would not be 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 signed up for MathCON.
  • 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 froze on the students after they started, the student need to close the browser windows and re-open it. When the student closes the browser window, he/she will not lose any answers, because system records the answer of each question when they click Next. When student re-opens the test, the questions that already answered will be marked blue, but the system will randomize the questions every time you open the test, so the questions’ locations will be different each time you open the test.

 Q.  How do I register my students online?

A. Click here t 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 15,2018.  

 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.  

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