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 Competition Academy® 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 3 adult adjudicators 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?

A maximum of two levels, and this depends upon the hosts as well as demand. We currently provide two age levels of competition called:
Mathematics Senior: Aimed towards youths in the 3 years prior to undergraduate study, so Grade 12 (Year 13) or below
Mathematics Junior: Aimed towards youths who are 3-5 years away from undergraduate study, so Grade 9 (Year 10) or below.
Mathematics Prime Plus: Aimed towards children in lower middle school/upper primary school, so Grade 7 (Year 8) or below

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 Preliminaries have 1 round sat within institutions.
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 inter-nation teams of three, Communication rounds in intra-nation 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 mean average summed total institution recieve a Warry Cup. 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 Finals of the World Mathematics Championships® that summer (June/July). This is the pinnacle event, hosted within a leading global university. This ‘best of the best’ Championships is usually spread across a whole week.

What does the participation fee include?

This usually includes all of the food and activities for every day of the competition from the Opening Ceremony through to the Gala Celebration. In some venues it may also include accomodation, depending upon the deal hosts can agree. In some venues it may include 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...

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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 you being a partial host.

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 1 (maybe 2 levels, which would then run concurrently).
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:

1st day: Opening Celebration - usually in a large hall/conference room
2nd and 3rd day: Competition - usually in an auditorium/sports hall/classrooms.
3rd day evening: 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.
All participants should to be in the same accommodation venue to engage appropriately in every event round.

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 participants. Allergies/dietary requirements etc must be considered. You will need to arrange the following:
Snacks for the morning and afternoon on day 2 and 3
Lunch on day 2 and 3
Evening meals on day 1 and 2
Gala celebration (on day 3 evening)

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.
You need a different adult adjudicator to be the lead invigilator for each round (they will receive training on this).
You also need to create the opening ceremony/ice breaker activity, which is subject specific and usually related to the local culture.

What will my Qualifier schedule be like?

We have a schedule template you can make minor edits to for your competition. 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)
T-shirt/Hoodie
Water bottle
Cap

What about photography and videography?

You will need an institution 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 for it to go ahead.

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