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Save the Date – 2018

The 2018 dates have been finalised for both the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition and the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC).

Registrations will open later in the year, so keep an eye on our website.

Competition
Date
Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) Tuesday 27 March 2018
Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) Thursday 9 August 2018

 

If you have any queries, please contact the AMT office.

 

A Purr-fect Start to the Year

Almost 16 thousand students across Australia, and internationally, will sit the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition today. Students will sit the one-hour problem-solving competition both online and on paper.

The CAT is an ideal challenge to encourage interest in programming. Results in the CAT often enable talent to be discovered that may not be uncovered in the classroom. The competition is a mix of multiple-choice and other problems and encourages students to develop informal algorithms and apply them to test data of increasing size or complexity.

Teachers can prepare for today by reading the Manager’s Handbooks (Online and Paper [linked]).

Good luck to all students today!

 

Teachers, are you thinking of how you can give your students a head start towards exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers?

In 2017, we have a package discount when schools register for both our AMC and CAT competitions, both available in paper or online formats.

Algorithmic thinking is an essential skill for most STEM career pathways. The CAT, our Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition, on Tuesday 21 March is the perfect way to introduce students to an exciting new discipline without the need for programming skills. We offer four papers, ranging from years 5 to 12.

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) is a fun 30-problem competition that shows the relevance of mathematics in students’ everyday lives. Each year Australia’s leading educators and academics design unique problems for the AMC. Hundreds of thousands of students in years 3–12 , from Australia and overseas, participate in the AMC annually. The competition, which will be held on Thursday 27 July this year, is open to all students through their schools.

You still have time to register your school for the 2017  CAT (paper version) until early March and the Online CAT until 5pm Thursday 16 March. Learn more or register your students now for our 2017 competitions.

Download prices and key dates – Australia, New Zealand, Singapore. For all other countries please contact mail@amt.edu.au

 

Register for 2016 Online CAT

Teachers, are you thinking of how you can give your students a head start towards exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) careers? Algorithmic thinking is an essential skill for most STEM career pathways.

CAT, our Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition, is the purr-fect way to introduce students to an exciting new discipline without the need for programming skills. We offer four papers, ranging from years 5 to 12.

You still have time register for the 2016 Online CAT until 5pm Friday 18 March for free.

The paper and online versions of the 2016 CAT will be held on 22 March. However, the AMT will be flexible regarding the time that students can undertake the online competition, with a time window to allow large numbers of students at a single school to sit the competition in manageable groups. Schools should contact us to make special arrangements.

Learn more or register your students now for the 2016 Online CAT.

Further information:

 

 

 

Special offer for GetSet CAT

Did you know that we offer GetSet CAT, a self-paced, online course designed to help students of all levels prepare effectively for CAT, our Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition? Students can get started quickly and easily, without teachers’ assistance.

We are offering GetSet CAT for $2 per student to schools that bundle it with their CAT registrations. GetSet CAT normally costs $6 per student.

We invite you to preview a small sample of GetSet CAT problems: https://edfinity.com/join/7H74J7GA

It should only take you a few minutes to browse the sample problems. Please contact amt@edfinity.com for further assistance.

Further information:

 

Extended deadline for 2016 CAT

Registrations for the paper version of the 2016 CAT (Computational and Algorithmic Thinking) will be open until 5pm Tuesday 15 March (AEST). This will allow enough time to send the competition papers to your school.

Registrations for the 2016 Online CAT will be open until 5pm Friday 18 March (AEST). Your school can enter the 2016 Online CAT for free. With the increasing curriculum emphasis on algorithmic thinking, this special offer provides a unique opportunity to expose students to this exciting new discipline without the need for programming skills. Prepare for the Online CAT by reading the Manager’s Handbook.

The paper and online versions of the 2016 CAT will be held on 22 March. However, the AMT will be flexible regarding the time that students can undertake the online competition, with a time window to allow large numbers of students at a single school to sit the competition in manageable groups. Schools should contact us to make special arrangements.

There are four CAT papers: Upper Primary, years 5–6; Junior, years 7–8; Intermediate, years 9–10; Senior, years 11–12. Students have one hour to complete CAT, which comprises 15 problems requiring mathematical and algorithmic thinking.

Did you know that we also offer GetSet CAT, a self-paced, online course designed to help students of all levels prepare effectively for CAT? Students can get started quickly and easily, without teachers’ assistance.

We are offering GetSet CAT for $2 per student to schools that bundle it with their CAT registrations. GetSet CAT normally costs $6 per student.

» Learn more or register your students now for the 2016 CAT and/or GetSet CAT…

 

Free entry to 2016 Online CAT

Existing AMT customers can enter the 2016 Online CAT (Computational and Algorithmic Thinking) for free! Given the growing curriculum emphasis on algorithmic thinking, this special offer provides a unique opportunity to expose students to this exciting new discipline.

The CAT is an ideal way to introduce students to algorithmic thinking without the need for programming skills. Entrants have one hour to complete this fun online competition, which comprises 15 problems requiring mathematical and algorithmic thinking.

The 2016 Online CAT is on 22 March. However, the AMT will be flexible regarding the time that students can undertake the online competition, with a time window to allow large numbers of students at a single school to sit the competition in manageable groups. Schools should contact the AMT to make special arrangements.

Learn more or register your students now for this special offer…

 

Information for schools about online competitions 2016

Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) and
Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT)

Note that Online CAT and Online AMC are only available in English language versions.

1. What is required to do the competition online?
Your school should have a reliable internet connection with sufficient bandwidth to support however many students will be doing the competition at any one time.  It is possible to run the competition over a number of different sessions within the available time frame.  However, it is preferable that all students sitting a particular division of the contest do it at the same time, or in two immediately consecutive sessions.  It is also important to ensure that your school system allows access to the competition site.  In some schools access to unknown sites is blocked.  Difficulties with access can be identified well in advance and dealt with accordingly by IT support.

2. What devices are supported?
The competition is designed to work on all platforms which have an internet browser, so PCs, laptops, Macs, iPads, Chromebooks and Android tablets should be fine. However mobile phones are not allowed.  No special software is required.  Both JavaScript and cookies must be enabled in the browser.  It is recommended that you use the one of the following browsers for an optimal experience.
IE 9+
Firefox 31+
Chrome 31+
Safari 7+
iOS Safari 7.1
Opera 26+
Android Browser 4.3
There will be a test site where you can check for access and devices compatibility. The link will be available at amt.edfinity.com/help

3. What happens if our internet connection fails on the day of the competition?
In the case of AMC, you will be sent a hardcopy of each of the five papers and an answer sheet prior to the competition. In an emergency, these could be photocopied. Alternatively, you may arrange a late sitting if you think internet connectivity is a temporary problem. When your connection is restored, you can email us at amc@amt.edu.au (AMC) or informatics@amt.edu.au (CAT) to request PDF copies of the papers to print.

4. Can we have some students do the online competition and others do paper version?
Yes, schools can have a mixture of online and paper.  You specify how many of each when registering for the competition.  As noted above, it is preferable that all students sitting a particular division of the contest do so at the same time, or in two immediately consecutive sessions.

5. Are we as organizers expected to provide computers and supervise the students, or can the students take the AMC/CAT at their convenience on their personal devices?
The competition must be done under examination conditions in the school within the specified time frame.  Students may use their own devices if this is permitted by the school.

6. What supervision is required?
One supervisor per 40 or fewer students is required.  A supervisor must supervise students for the duration of the online competition to ensure ‘fair play’ by all the students.

7. What is to stop students sharing information electronically?
The questions cannot be accessed without a special code provided by the supervisor at the start of the competition and answers are not stored on the competition site.  Students should be instructed that no other window may be open whilst completing the competition and supervisors need to be vigilant in this regard.  As with the paper version, it is the responsibility of the school to supervise the classroom appropriately.  Post-competition we are able to analyse results and find possible cases of collusion.

8. When can the online test be taken?
The online competition will be open for a limited period of time, for a window of about 36 hours commencing on the competition date (AMC 28 July, CAT 22 March) to accommodate students in different time zones. It is permissible to run the competition over a number of different sessions within the given window.  However if your school cannot do the competition within the specified time, paper is a more flexible option.

9. What happens if there is a power failure or other crisis during the test?
Administrators will have the capacity to reset the clock for a student or group of students if there is a major unforeseen circumstance which would disadvantage them.  Any use of this should be reported in the school competition report.

10. Will online and offline students do the same paper?
Yes.  As with the paper version, online students can do the questions in any order.

11. Won’t students taking the online test be disadvantaged because they don’t have diagrams to write on?
A printable ‘scribble’ sheet will be provided as a PDF file containing all the question diagrams.  This can be printed by schools prior to the test and handed out to students.

12. Is the cost the same for online and paper?

Existing AMT customers can enter the 2016 Online CAT (Computational and Algorithmic Thinking) for free. For AMC, the cost is the same for online and paper formats. However, with online participation there is no cost involved in returning answer sheets.

Note: Online CAT entrants will receive digital certificates that schools can print. The AMT can provide hardcopy certificates on request at a price that covers printing, packing and postage costs.

13. When taken online, will students get their results earlier?
At the moment, no.  We are unable to determine award cut-off scores until a significant proportion of students (both online and paper) have been processed.  However this may change in future years.

Download a printable version of this information here.