This is a qualifying round for the World Mathematics Championships®
finals, where all of the better performing students are invited to come together and engage in the ultimate 6-day long showdown!
The schedule throughout is very busy, with a healthy mix of seriousness and laughter, geekiness and play indoors and out! Participants sometimes think deeply alone, work in teams, be inspired by others and create using our imagination! This unique platform enables participants to network and build lasting friendships and life-long memories as a highlight of one's schooling years.
If a student is in grade 12 (year 13) or below during the month of the competition, they may enter the Senior level competition.
If a student is in grade 9 (year 10) or below during the month of the competition, they may enter the Junior level competition.
Schools enter up to a total of 4 teams of 3 students each. They compete in a total of nine rounds:
For a more detailed breakdown how this competition flows, please browse the Rules of the rounds
or the Syllabus content
sections linked at the top of this page. You can also find example questions from past competitions here
There are many prizes to be had, the most important being the intangibles that one gains from such an experience. On top of that:
- All participants recieve a transcript of their ranking in each of the 9 rounds.
- The best ranked students in each of the 6 attribute categories (of 3 rounds) recieve medals.
- The best ranked school receives a Cup.
- The best ranked students across all 9 rounds are awarded Golden Tickets - invites to the World Mathematics Championships within the University of Melbourne in June 2018.
This competition was concieved SEAMC at the turn of the milenium by Steve Warry. He was an enthusiastic teacher with the Alice Smith School, Kuala Lumpur
and had a belief that Mathematics could be a 'spectator sport'. In persuit of this, he organised the South East Asian Mathematics Competition (SEAMC) for March 2001. Tragically, he passed away the week prior to the competition, but the event went ahead and Steve's dream became a reality. Due to popular demand, NEAMC became a reality through the enigmatic Malcolm Coad within Nanjing International School, China
in February 2014.
By 2017 a more sustainable expansion strategy was required and that is when we officially became the World Mathematics Championships®
. Our assessment-as-learning competition model is being widely applauded by all involved in education who experience it and we are spreading into new countries every year!
There is a limited capacity to the number of participants involved in each WMC qualifier venue, with places often being taken only weeks after a competition is launched, so the only way you can guarantee places in a competition is if you host one yourselves
- it's easier than you think!