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?
iOS Safari 7.1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (AMC) or email@example.com (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.
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