2022 MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition FAQ

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2022 MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition FAQ

Ensure your students are prepared to participate in the Chapter Competition on February 17!

The Chapter Competition is quickly approaching! Below are important details for you and your students. Please review this information with your students to ensure they are familiar with student and proctor responsibilities and guidelines and are comfortable with the day-of testing process.

Accessing the Chapter Competition on February 17, 2022

When is the Chapter Competition?

The Chapter Competition is February 17, 12:00pm - 8:00pm ET (9:00am - 5:00pm PT). Competitors must login to their Student Portal at https://artofproblemsolving.com/contests/mathcounts/portal to take the competition within this time frame. Students must begin the Individual Contest (Sprint and Target Rounds) no later than 8:00pm ET and should allow approximately 90 minutes to complete the competition once they begin. Students have up to 40 minutes to complete the Sprint Round and 6 minutes to complete each pair of Target Round problems (4 pairs/6 minutes each). There will be a 10-minute break between the Sprint Round and Target Round and 1-minute breaks between each pair of Target Round problems.

Students taking the Team Round will need to begin that round no later than 8:00pm ET as well and should allow an additional 25 minutes to complete it. Students will need to use the full 20 minutes allotted for this round as there are honor code and proctor certification steps to complete after the 20 minute timer ends.

Who is eligible to participate in the Chapter Competition?

Only official competitors are eligible to participate in the Chapter Competition. Coaches must designate their official competitors (between 1 - 12, depending on the number of students you registered with MATHCOUNTS) on their Coach Portal at https://artofproblemsolving.com/contests/mathcounts/portal. Only students who have been checked-off as "official" on the Coach Portal will be eligible to participate in the Chapter Competition.

How will my students access the Chapter Competition Individual Contest (Sprint and Target Rounds) on February 17?

On February 17 between 12:00pm - 8:00pm ET (9:00am - 5:00pm PT), students must login to their AoPS account at https://artofproblemsolving.com/contests/mathcounts/portal. In their Student Portal, they will begin the Individual Contest (Sprint and Target Rounds) by clicking on the "Start Individual Contest" button at the top of the page. Students must begin the Individual Contest by 8:00pm ET.

*Note, non-school competitors must login with THEIR OWN account; they cannot login with their parent's (coach's) account.

How will my students access the Chapter Competition Team Round on February 17?

If you registered 4 or more students and would like 4 of them to take the Team Round, you must create a team of 4 students in your Coach Portal at https://artofproblemsolving.com/contests/mathcounts/portal. Each team member must be checked-off as "official" on your Coach Portal to be eligible to take the Team Round. On February 17 between 12:00pm - 8:00pm ET (9:00am - 5:00pm PT), all 4 members of the team must login to their AoPS accounts at https://artofproblemsolving.com/contests/mathcounts/portal. In their Student Portals they will access the Team Round by clicking the Start Team Contest button at the top of the page. Students will see the competition questions through their own portals. However, communication between students - if they are not in the same location - must be set up in advance on their own. The Contest Platform does not provide a way for them to communicate with each other. Students must begin the Team Round by 8:00pm ET.

Coach and Proctor Expectations and Guidelines

Proctoring is required for the 2022 MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition. All students must have a non-relative, adult proctor. Coaches or another teacher/administrator meeting these criteria may serve as a proctor. Unless circumstances require otherwise, the proctor should be a school official. Proctoring should be in-person where possible, but virtual proctoring will be allowed. If students are unable to secure a non-relative, adult proctor, they may use the MATHCOUNTS - approved proctoring service, MonitorEDU (check site in advance of the competition for details/cost).

What is my role as a MATHCOUNTS coach during the Chapter Competition?

Coaches are asked to do the following things to help ensure a successful Chapter Competition experience for their students:

1) Ensure all your students login to their Student Portals between 12:00pm - 8:00pm ET (9:00am - 5:00pm PT) on February 17, 2022, to take the Chapter Competition.

2) Talk with students about competition integrity ahead of time. Reinforce the idea that any cheating student who progresses to the next level is taking the spot from a deserving student. Discuss what competition integrity includes, such as

  • Taking the competition in a completely honest way and following all rules;
  • Not using a calculator during the Sprint Round;
  • Not seeking out, accepting or giving assistance in any way; and
  • Not discussing the content of the competition with other students until 24 hours after the competition has ended

3) Identify a way to have students proctored, perhaps using one of the following ways:

  • If school instruction is in-person, identify a way for students to take the competition at school under the coach's supervision. Students will need computers to take the competition and should take the Chapter Competition in the same environment to test Internet connectivity.
  • If school instruction is online, coaches can utilize the interactive technology they typically use in their online classroom environment so they can watch students during testing.
  • Set the expectation that a non-related adult proctor students virtually during testing and have them confirm with the coach afterwards that they did so.

4) Monitor your students' activity during the Chapter Competition to ensure they complete all competition steps. You can monitor your students' activity during the Chapter Competition from your Coach Portal at https://artofproblemsolving.com/contests/mathcounts/portal. Once the competition time frame begins at 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT on Feb. 17, you will be able to track if your student(s):

  • Has not logged in and clicked the "Start Contest" button on their Student Portal yet;
  • Has clicked the "Start Contest" button on their Student Portal and reached the pre-competition steps (honor code, proctoring responsibilities, instructions);
  • Has started the Sprint Round;
  • Has completed the Target Round and reached the required post-competition steps (honor code and proctor certifications);
  • Has completed all necessary steps and finished the Chapter Competition.

 

What guidelines must proctors follow for the Chapter Competition?

Proctors are responsible for ensuring that competitors:

  • Have a testing space clear of any aids other than those allowed under the competition rules (pencils, pens, erasers, and blank scratch paper).
  • Are continuously monitored during the entirety of the competition.
  • Use a calculator only during the Target and Team Rounds and that the calculator conforms to the following restrictions:

                - Students may use any calculator (including programmable and graphing calculators) that does not contain a QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypad.

                - Smart phones, laptops, tablets, iPods® and other digital music players, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and any other "smart" devices are not considered to be calculators and may not be used as calculators during competitions.

                - Students may not use calculators to exchange information with another person or device during the competition.

  • Do not make use of the Internet, any personal (digital or other) communication devices, notes or other reference materials including dictionaries and translation dictionaries.
  • Do not (1) receive ANY help from the proctor or anyone else (including, but not limited to, hints or suggestions like, "Did you reduce all of your fractions?" or "Do you want to work through this problem again?" or "Do you want to check your work before submitting your answers?", (2) give ANY help to anyone else or (3) copy (in written or digital form) any questions or answers from the competition.
  • Follow all rules of the competition.
What to Expect Once the Competition Begins

What should my students expect once they start the Sprint and Target Rounds?

Once competitors click the "Start Individual Contest" button at the top of their Student Portal, they must read and agree to the MATHCOUNTS Honor Code by entering their name in the field provided.

The Student Honor Code will read as follows:

I pledge to uphold the highest principles of honesty and integrity as a Mathlete© and to follow all rules of the competition. I will neither give nor accept unauthorized assistance of any kind. I further certify that prior to taking the MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition, I do not believe I have seen any of this year's Chapter Competition problems and will not discuss problems for the next 24 hours. I understand that any competitor found to be in violation of this honor code is subject to disqualification.

Students also will be required to agree to the following student expectations and responsibilities:

  • Circumstances beyond my control and beyond MATHCOUNTS's and AoPS's control may keep me from participating in and/or completing the competition within the required framework. Such circumstances could be technical in nature (including, but not limited to, loss of Internet, issues with my computer software or device, or a problem with the online platform). My parent and I understand these unfortunate situations are a possibility and it is highly unlikely MATHCOUNTS or AoPS will be able to make accommodations for these circumstances.
  • If I encounter a technical issue during the competition, my proctor must contact AoPS ([email protected]) immediately while I continue working on the competition. My proctor must provide the exact issue, my name and username for my AoPS Student Portal, and the exact time the issue occurred. Attempts will be made to assist me in time for me to complete the test.
  • I am being proctored by at least one non-related, adult proctor. Unless circumstances require otherwise, my proctor should be a school official (for example: coach, teacher, guidance counselor, principal).
  • For the safety of both myself and my proctor, I will not be left alone with a non-related proctor. Parents must ensure students are in safe proctoring environments.

After completing the honor code and student responsibility sections, competitors will be presented with a short explanation of the Sprint and Target Rounds, rules regarding calculators and allowable aids and guidelines on entering answers. After reviewing this information, competitors will click "Start Contest" to begin the Sprint Round.

Upon completing the Target Round, competitors will be asked to certify that they followed the Honor Code. Certification is required for the Chapter Competition.

For both the Sprint and Target Rounds, students should not click "Submit" unless they are completely done with the round. Once a student clicks "Submit," they are locked out of the round and may not return to complete it.

What should proctors expect once the competitor starts the Sprint and Target Rounds?

After competitors have read the Honor Code and entered their name in the required field, the proctor should read the Proctor Responsibilities, enter their name and contact information in the appropriate fields, and ensure the competitor reviews the competition instructions. If proctoring is being done virtually, the student should either allow the proctor to view their screen to read the instructions or read the instructions aloud for the proctor. If being proctored virtually, the proctor must give the student permission to enter the proctor's name and contact information where required.

The Proctor Responsibilities will read as follows:

Competitors should be continuously monitored by their proctor to ensure all rules are followed. If it is clear to the proctor from personal observation that a participant has cheated, then the proctor must select the appropriate option on the Proctor Certification at the end of the test and provide a detailed explanation in the Comments section. If the proctor receives an accusation or obtains indirect evidence of cheating, the proctor must immediately report all evidence of the situation to MATHCOUNTS at [email protected]. The proctor will read the rules listed below with the student before the student begins.

Upon completion of the competition, proctors must read the Proctor Certification, choose the appropriate certification option, and enter their name in the field provided. If proctoring is conducted virtually, the student should either allow the proctor to view their screen to read the Proctor Certification section or read the certification statement aloud for the proctor. If being proctored virtually, the student must receive permission from the proctor to select the appropriate certification option and enter the proctor's name where required.

What should students expect once they start the Team Round?

Coaches that registered 4 or more students for the Competition Series and would like 4 of them to take the Team Round may create a team of 4 students in their Coach Portal. All 4 team members must be checked-off as official competitors to participate in this round. During the competition time frame on February 17, all 4 team members will access the Team Round from their Student Portals.

Once each team member clicks the "Start Team Contest" button at the top of their Student Portals, the team leader (the team member listed first on your Coach  Portal) will read aloud the MATHCOUNTS Honor Code, which all team members must agree to. The team leader will enter his/her name on behalf of the team in the field provided.

The Team Honor Code will read as follows:

We pledge to uphold the highest principles of honesty and integrity as Mathletes© and to follow all rules of the competition. We will neither give nor accept unauthorized assistance of any kind. We further certify that prior to taking the MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition Team Round, we do not believe we have seen any of this year's Chapter Competition Team Round problems and will not discuss these problems for the next 24 hours. We understand that any competitor found to be in violation of this honor pledge is subject to disqualification.

Students will then be required to agree to the same student expectations and responsibilities listed in the Individual Contest section (the team leader must check-off these requirements on behalf of the team).

The team leader will then be required to read aloud the proctor responsibilities to their proctor or allow their proctor to view their screen to read this section. The team leader will enter the proctor's information in the fields provided.

After completing these sections, the competitors will be presented with a short explanation of the Team Round, rules regarding calculators and allowable aids, and guidelines on entering answers. Note, calculators (including programmable and graphing calculators) are permitted for the Team Round. Smart phones, laptops, tablets, iPods® and other digital music players, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and any other "smart" devices are not considered to be calculators and may not be used during the Team Round. Students may not use calculators to exchange information with another person or device during the Team Round. In addition, students are not permitted to use Google Docs, Microsoft Office Online or any other similar collaboration tools.

When the team is ready to begin the test, the team leader will click "Start Contest" to open the team's waiting room. Once the waiting room has been opened, the other three team members will have 1 minute to click "Start Contest" and join the waiting room. After 1 minute, the Team Round will begin. Competitors should not leave the contest page until the full 20 minute timer has expired.

Upon completing the Team Round, the team leader will be required to complete the Student Honor Code and Proctor Certification sections for their team.

Post Competition Details

Where can I find competitors' results?

Results for the Chapter Competition will be available on Student and Coach Portals beginning February 24, 12:00pm ET/9:00am PT. On or after February 24, students can click on "View Results" on their Student Portal to view their overall score and which problems were marked correct and incorrect. Students who qualify to advance to their State Competition will be notified by their State Coordinator shortly after the release of results.

How do students advance to the State Competition?

The top four highest-scoring individuals from each chapter advance to their State Competition. State coordinators are not required to advance teams to the State Competition. However, they may advance teams and additional individuals at their discretion.

Common Competition Day Questions/Issues

What if a student forgets her username or password to login to her AoPS account?

Coaches can find their students' usernames on their Coach Portals and can update passwords for students with "limited accounts." If you do not see an "Update Password" button for a student on your Coach Portal, that student can reset their own password by clicking "Forgot username/password" when signing into their account at https://artofproblemsolving.com/contests/mathcounts/portal. An email will be sent to the student with instructions to change their password.

If you change your student's password from your Coach Portal, please make sure to copy and paste the new password when sending it to your student.

It is recommended that students login to their Student account at AoPS a couple of days prior to the Chapter Competition and stay logged in on the site to help avoid issues with logging in on the day of the competition. During the testing window, AoPS will prioritize assisting students with technical issues rather than forgotten login information.

What if a student loses Internet connection during the competition?

The student, proctor or coach should immediately contact AoPS at [email protected] explaining the situation. MATHCOUNTS and AoPS will assess the situation and contact the student, coach and proctor with next steps. Note, although this unfortunate situation is a possibility, it is highly unlikely that MATHCOUNTS or AoPS will be able to make accommodations for loss of Internet during the Chapter Competition.

What if a student logs into the Contest Platform under my Coach account and not their Student account?

You should email AoPS at [email protected] to request the account be reset to allow the student access to the competition. AoPS will need to resend the Coach Invitation email to you. Once you receive that email, you will need to click on the Coach Invitation link and create your Coach account at AoPS. Click here for a step-by-step guide to creating a Coach account and using the Coach Portal.

After your Coach account is created, login to AoPS at https://artofproblemsolving.com/contests/mathcounts/portal and send your student(s) the Student Invitation link in your Coach Portal. Your student(s) will need to click on that link and create their Student account with AoPS to join the Contest Platform. Click here to view a step-by-step guide for students to create a Student account and access MATHCOUNTS competitions.

My student is listed on my Coach Portal and is logging in to the Contest Platform using a valid username and password but cannot get access to their Student Portal. How can they access their Student Portal?

Check your Coach Portal to make sure the student does not have a duplicate listing. If your student does have a duplicate listing in your Coach Portal, please make sure they login using the username and password for the account marked "official." Remove the account that is not marked official. If your student still cannot access their Student Portal after taking these steps, you or the student should contact AoPS at [email protected].

What do I do if I have not yet created my Coach account with AoPS or invited my students to join the Contest Platform?

If you have not yet created your Coach account with AoPS, send an email to [email protected] to request your Coach Invitation email be resent to you. Once you receive that email, you will need to click on the Coach Invitation link and create your Coach account at AoPS. Click here for a step-by-step guide to creating a Coach account and using the Coach Portal.

After your Coach account is created, login to AoPS at https://artofproblemsolving.com/contests/mathcounts/portal and send your students the Student Invitation link located in your Coach Portal. Your students will need to click on that link and create their Student accounts with AoPS to join the Contest Platform. Click here to view a step-by-step guide for students to create a Student account and access MATHCOUNTS competitions.

What should my student do if they clicked "Submit" on their competition before they intended to?

Unfortunately, the Chapter Competition cannot be reset for students who click "Submit" before they intended to. Students should be careful to read all warnings when clicking "Submit" as they will not be permitted to return to earlier rounds of the test.

What if my student's device does not allow them to view or load Sprint or Target problem images?

If they haven't already, the student should test their device in advance of the Chapter Competition by taking the Software Compatibility Check or Practice Competitions 1 and 2. If they still experience issues loading images during the competition, the student, proctor or coach should send an email to [email protected] immediately to report the issue. MATHCOUNTS and AoPS will assess the situation and contact the student, proctor and coach with next steps. Note, although this unfortunate situation is a possibility, it is highly unlikely that MATHCOUNTS or AoPS will be able to make accommodations for this issue during the Chapter Competition.

 

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have questions about the AoPS Contest Platform, contact AoPS at [email protected]. If you have questions about your registration or the program, contact MATHCOUNTS at [email protected].

MATHCOUNTS and AoPS staff will be on duty during the testing window to assist with issues that arise. However, it is expected that students will take at least one of the practice competitions and the Software Compatibility Check in advance so avoidable issues are identified and dealt with ahead of time.

Good luck and thank you for making the MATHCOUNTS opportunity possible for your students during this unprecedented year!

- the MATHCOUNTS team