What is MCAMC?
MCAMC brings an exciting new type of math competition to the middle school audience — one that involves working together as a team with your friends. In contrast to other competitions that only involve working independently, get ready for a day filled with collaboration and action! It will be held virtually on April 17th, likely over Zoom.
|Registration Opens||March 1, 2021|
|Registration Closes||April 10, 2021|
|Payment Received By||April 15, 2021|
|Competition Date||April 17, 2021|
|Full Results Uploaded||April 21, 2021|
|8:30 - 9:15||Check In|
|8:30 - 9:15||Individual Team Matching|
|9:15 - 10:15||Individual Round|
|10:30 - 11:30||Team Round|
|11:30 - 1:00||Lunch Break|
|1:00 - 2:00||Live Round|
|3:00 - 3:30||Awards Ceremony|
Format and Rules
Form teams of 4-6 students from your school in grades 6-8 and compete together! MCAMC is structured into 3 rounds, each round lasting 1 hour.
The Individual Round comes first and is the most traditional of the 3 rounds. There are 20 questions spanning various topics. The questions will be similar in difficulty to the AMC 8.
The Team Round comes second, and you will be working within your team of 4-6 students in a breakout room to solve another 20 questions, but now with a twist! This time, all 20 questions will be related to one topic — a topic that you’ve probably never seen before. We will provide enough background information and guidance to help you solve these 20 questions, so be prepared to learn something new.
The Live Round comes last, and you will again be working within your team. The style of the questions will be similar to that of the Individual Round, with a slight difficulty increase because you will be working as a team. Questions will come in sets of 3, and there are 8 sets of questions. The difficulty increases every set.
It is called the Live Round because this round will be scored in real-time! Teams will recieve one set of 3 at a time and when the team is done with a set, they will submit their answers and receive the next set of questions. Answers may not be changed after they are submitted, and answers will be graded on the spot, with the results immediately displayed online.
We designed our scoring system to give more points to harder questions, as well as to prevent ties. Each person’s individual score comes from the Individual Round, while the team overall score depends on the average of Individual Round scores, the Team Round score, and the Live Round score, with each component equally important.
Show scoring specifics
For the Individual Round, for each question, each student receives points for answering correctly, where p is the fraction of students who answered the question correctly. For the Team Round, for each question, the team similarly receives points for answering correctly. For the Live Round, each question will have a point value written next to it, which increase with every set. The overall team score is , where I, T, and L are the team’s individual average, team, and live scores, and i, t, and l are the top individual average, team, and live scores across all teams.
Both individual awards and team awards will be given. Please stay tuned for details.
Last Year’s Promotional Video
Can you describe the overall registration process for schools and other organizations?
Each organization submits one registration form. The organization will be asked to designate a coach who will receive communications from MCAMC, and to provide basic information about each student participating. Please see the payment section for payment details. If you have any other questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I register as individual without a team?
Yes! If your school is not participating in MCAMC, you can register as individual. On the day of the competition, you will be matched with a team, and you will be able to participate in all rounds just like everyone else. However, if your school is participating in MCAMC, please register with your school.
What are the exact eligibility requirements to participate in MCAMC?
Students must be in grade 8 or below. Grade 9 students may not participate, even if your middle school contains grade 9. Younger students may participate, but the difficulty of the competition stays the same. Additionally, homeschooled students may participate. There are no location requirements.
Can organizations other than schools form teams?
Yes! Any team from anywhere may participate, including but not limited to enrichment programs and weekend programs.
Day of the Competition
What should I have with me?
You will need scrap paper and a writing utensil. You will also need a working camera and microphone. A calculator is allowed but all questions can be solved without the use of a calculator. No other aids are permitted. The time will be regularly announced by your proctor, but if you wish, a (non-smart) watch is also permitted. .
How will the competition operate?
Competitors will join the zoom, which will be provided at a later date, at the designated time and will be proctored by our volunteers. If possible a parent should also be watching the students at all times to ensure the integrity of the contest. Students will be taking the actual test on an online testing platform.
What does the overall payment process look like?
The total amount owed will be displayed before the registration form is submitted. Information about payment will be posted on the website and emailed to registered teams within the following week. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
How much does MCAMC cost?
MCAMC costs $5 per student. Payment must be received by the indicated deadline. More information on payments will be posted shortly.
Does a high score on the MCAMC impact admission to Middlesex County Academy?
Our competition is not affiliated with the admissions process of our school. However, our admissions team is well aware of the rigor and importance of math competitions in general, including but not limited to the MCAMC. We encourage those who enjoy math competions to apply!
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