Event begins Online at 8 am EST
The online testing window will be open between Monday January 22, 2019 at 8 am EST, until Friday March 1, 2019 at 6 pm EST. Students must take the online test in their own schools with their teacher supervising them.
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.
The online test will be timed: 45 minutes, 45 online questions.
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.
No software installation is required. The test is web-based. Students may also use their iPads or Chromebooks to take the test.
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) until February 22, 2019 (11:59 PM EST). The fee then increases to $250 after February 22, 2018 until the last registration date of March 2, 2019 (11:59 PM EST). The last testing day is March 1, 2019, ending at 11:59 PM EST.
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.
MATHCON was such an inspirational event for my son and his peers. What a great opportunity for each student to be energized by math challenges that strengthen their thinking around problem solving. Parents and students both enjoyed captivating speakers like Arthur Benjamin, and fun math games like Game24. We hope to be back next year.