FAQ

To help make our lives a little easier...

How many students can an institution enter?

This depends upon the capacity of the host venue. It is usually up to four teams of three youths (the most suitable number for maximum teamwork and learning engagement) in total across all levels of competition offered.

Can I enter more teams if I am a host venue?

No and yes.
No because the emphasis of our competitions is on collaboration and networking with like-minded individuals, hence we need to maintain a healthy proportion of competiton space for visitors.
Yes, because you may also choose to independently run the Challenge and Strategy rounds concurrently with as many youths as you can cater for, so more of your institution get more of the World Mathematics Championships® experience. Each individual will receive an attainment transcript for their attainment.

How many adults can an institution bring to a competition?

You need to have at least one adult adjudicator for every 9 youths, with a maximum of 3. All must be employed by the institution and confirmed to be permitted to work with children. The emphasis within every competition is on engagement and achievement and so we need to maximise the available space for youths! The commonly used venues are usually secure conference rooms and/or school campuses and a teacher:student ratio of 1:5 is more than enough for such a school trip.

How many competition levels are there in each WMC qualifier venue?

They work best for all involved when only one level is offered. Sometimes we offer more concurrently when launching in a new part of the world to help with sustanability - this depends upon the hosts as well as demand.

What is the age limit to enter a Championships?

We believe differentiation for learning should be based upon experience and exposure to concepts rather than physical age. We therefore have the limits as described in the answer above. Youths need to be in the specified school Grade/Year or equivalent during the month of the Preliminary or Qualifier that they are participating in. If that month is during the school long holidays, they are still considered to be in the Grade/Year they have just completed.

How many competition question rounds are there?

The WMC Qualifiers currently have 9 rounds in total. Each round comes under 2 different skill categories: 3 communication, 3 collaboration and 3 challenge rounds which are also 3 knowledge, 3 strategy and 3 creative rounds. Collaboration rounds are sat in new-friends teams of three, Communication rounds in existing-friends teams of three and challenge rounds are sat as individuals!
The WMC Finals have an extra 3 rounds, sat in Cooperation teams, which are randomly selected.

Is it more competitive, collaborative or challenging?

All three in equal measure. While there exists a healthy competitive spirit throughout, emphasis is on providing opportunities to build friendships with peers from other parts of the world; this is emphasized through the Collaboration category. Subject-specific knowledge is required to be of a very high standard. All participating youths need to be amongst their 'best in subject'.

What do the winners of a WMC Qualifing competition get?

Each of the 9 rounds are ranked and individuals have their 9 ranks summed. Those who perform well are awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in each of the 6 categories. The best summed total institution recieve a Trophy. All youths recieve a transcript with a breakdown of their achievement in each category and round.

The better performing individuals in all WMC qualifiers are invited to the next Finals of the World Mathematics Championships®. This ‘best of the best’ Championships and is usually spread across a whole week, hosted within the University of Melbourne.

What does the participation fee include?

This usually includes all of the food and activities for every day of the competition from the Opening welcome through to the Gala Celebration. In some venues it may also include accomodation, depending upon host venue aragements. In many venues it includes transfers from/to transport hubs too.

What competiton subjects are there?

Please let us know which subjects you would like and what involvement you will offer to help make them happen! We currently only offer Mathematics, although we do have a few other subjects in the planning stage to hopefully introduce soon.

What do I get from being a WMC qualifier host?

See Hosting a WMC qualifying competition section below

I am part of a regional network of schools and need to organise an event, can you help us?

Yes definitely! Contact us for a chat...

How do I opt out of mailings from Competition Academy®?

This will not happen as we do not solicit interest in competitions through sending generic emails. When you have registered as the main organiser for a competition, you do of course receive logistical updates about that event and a summary communication soon afterwards, and then we keep our promise and loose all associated child data. If you wish for your account to be deleted (it is needed because of autobots), just email us from said account with the mail title: OPT OUT and we will remove that email account from the site.

I am considering being a host, but would like to know more specifics; what will it involve from me?

Read below...

What do I have to do?

It is easier to state what you don't have to do:
Participant registration/payment admin
Medals and transcripts
Write the questions for the rounds
Pay for anything - just send us the invoices

If your institution would prefer to take on some of these chores, then we are open to discuss this!

What's in it for me and my institution?

As a sustainable partner, you will showcase your establishment as an annual World Mathematics Championships® qualifying venue and such will be permanently recognised on our main homepage.
Photos will always be recognised in our past venues gallery too!
This is a fantastic and unique professional development opportiunity for leadership, academic support and subject specific teams to grow in this developmental area of forward-thinking assessment.

As a host for a single occasion, you can get significant social credit for comparatively little input.
The possibility for more of your students to enjoy some rounds independently and concurrently.
You may be offered the opportunity to be a guest in a subsequent regional competition.
As a full host, discounted participation can be discussed AND as many of your students as you can independetly cater for may enjoy the Strategy and Challenge category rounds concurrently. They can also receive an attainment transcript each.

Which levels of competition could I offer?

We encourage hosts to offer just one.
Mathematics Senior: Grade 12 (Year 13) or below
Mathematics Junior: Grade 9 (Year 10) or below
Mathematics Prime Plus: Grade 7 (Year 8) or below

Which dates can my competition be on?

Choose 4 consecutive days (Friday to Monday minimises normal school disruption) and we can discuss the feasibility of possible dates.
If you are a boarding school and considering being a sustainable partner, then it is most sensible to choose a holiday time when the boarding house is not being used.

How many participants can I host?

As many as you'd like! We believe a competition level with 90-180 youths has the best overall dynamics.
All teams contain 3 members.
Host institutions choose to enter a set number of teams and visitors should not then exceed this number.
Visiting institutions need to bring at least 1 adult adjudicator with each 9 youths.

What spaces do I need to have?

Approximately:

Opening welcome: usually in a large hall/conference room
Competition rounds: Usually in an auditorium/sports hall/classrooms.
Gala Celebration: usually in a large hall/conference room.

Where will everyone stay?

Basically, you decide what the most appropriate arrangement will be, it depends upon your location and the local demand. Ideally, they will stay at home. If there are not enough local youths, then some institutions may travel, and so this is easiest in your residential block during a time when it is vacated.
Alternatively, it will be in the nearest hotel style accommodation. To satisfy most school risk assessments for this type of trip, accommodation must be at least 3* international standard.

How will everybody move between locations?

Appropriate transportation within the Qualifier needs to be provided by you. Extras before/after the competition is decided in conjunction with your accomodation provision.

What about a guest speaker?

You decide what value this would bring. On the registration form we ask visiting adult adjudicators if they have anything mathematical/teaching they would like to offer. From these responses any student lecture and/or collaborative sharing of resources times are usually quickly filled-up. That said, some hosts prefer to hire in a 'big name' and have them involved throughout their institution for the whole week.

What and where will everyone eat?

You need to choose appropriate food for both the location and number of participants. Allergies/dietary requirements etc must be considered. You will need to arrange the following:
Snacks for the mornings
Lunch during the full days
Evening meals, including the grander Gala celebration, the final activity of the event.

What about receiving the actual question rounds?

We write and provide eight of the rounds, and you choose your level of involvement in making the Innovation Round.
A different adult adjudicator being the lead invigilator for each round is preferable.
It is also appropriate to include local cultural within the opening welcome activity.

What will my Qualifier schedule be like?

We have a schedule template you can make minor edits to. Before we launch it live, we will agree it to be manageable and appropriate.

What about a participant welcome pack?

We can agree what you would like to source and what you would like us to provide. They often include things like:
Name tag and lanyard (inserts generated by us)
Programme (you just create a few of the pages and we do the rest)
Hoodie
Water bottle
Cap

What about photography and videography?

You will need a school club and/or staff member(s) who can provide this, they will be provided with an account to upload regularly into your website gallery page which is also displayed on our homepage.

What about competition partners and sponsorship?

You may gather your own extra sponsors and use their donations as you wish, but all advertising materials must be smaller than that of our longer-term partnerships; you need to include logos from our partners on all publicity materials.

Are there minimum participation requirements for the competition to go ahead?

To keep it viable and sustainable, an agreed upon minimum number of participating teams must be registered two months before the Competition is planned to happen, for it to go ahead.

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