NLMC Dates and Procedures
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Important Dates
Nov 04: Roster deadline. Submit your final roster by 11:59 P.M. CST.
Nov 07: Tests in paper format are available to download.
Nov 10: First day of the testing window.
Nov 23: Last day of the testing window. Submit scores by 11:59 P.M. CST.
Dec 05: Results are published on the team leader portal.
Dec 16: U.S. team leaders should be receiving awards in the mail.

  • Prior to the Testing
    • Send Parent Letter Home:

      It is important to have parents' support for the contest. Their encouragement and recognition will help students enjoy the contest more and send the message 'It is COOL to be good at math!'

      Sample Parent Letter and Name Release Permission Form

      Collect Parent Permission Slip:

      We will need a parent permission to publish student names and scores on our website. We don't need you to return the permission slip, but please collect them and keep them on file.

      Create Your Team Roster:

      All participant names must be submitted on the Team Leader portal before the Roster Deadline. To add student names to your team: log on to your account and then add your student names in the 'Enter Student Names Here:' section.

      Check the 'Do Not Publish Name' flag only if you (or the student's parents) do not want the student's name (first name, last name initial) to be published on our winner's board

      The roster deadline: Nov 4 11:59 P.M. CST

      Prepare for the Contest:

      The NLMC problems are non-routine math problems that call for creativity, originality, and thinking skills. To help your students become familiar with the types of problems, please host a practice session prior to the contest and let your students work out past contest problems.

      As a team leader, you are given two sets of past tests for students to practice. After you log into the Team Leader portal, click on 'Practice Problems.' 

      If you don't have time for a practice session during class, advise students to study and practice at home.    

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      Download the Contest Papers:

      The contest papers (problems and keys) will be posted on the Team Leader portal three days prior to the contest date. Simply log on to the Team Leader portal and click on 'Documents.' If there is any problem downloading the contest papers, please contact us as soon as possible. Please download the contest paper and make copies for your students prior to the contest date.

  • Proctoring Guidelines
    • All participating students on your team must take the contest at the same time. You may administer the contest anytime you choose during the testing window: 

      Nov 10 8:00 A.M. CST- Nov 23 5:00 P.M. CST

      Students will be given 45 minutes to work on the problems. Please announce the total time allowed prior to the start of the contest. You should also announce when there are 10 minutes remaining and 5 minutes remaining. 

      Proctors need to make sure:

      Each student has scratch paper and pencils.
      Students should NOT use calculators, smart phones, or internet resources.
      Students should work independently and should NOT communicate with anyone in any way.
      Proctors should NOT answer any questions about the content of the test.

  • After the contest
    • Collect the Testing Papers

      Grade the Testing Papers:

      Grade the testing papers using the answers keys given. Student answers must match our answer keys perfectly. Each correct answer will be given 5 points. No partial points should be given for any questions.

      You may discuss the problems and solutions with your students after the contest is administered. However, do NOT distribute the contest problems/answers to students until after the score submission deadline.

      Enter the Scores:

      Enter the scores through the Team Leader portal. Please double-check your submission before the score submission deadline. Due to limited available resources, we won't be able to correct your mistakes after the score submission deadline!

      The score submission deadline: Nov 23 11:59 P.M. CST

      Review Contest Problems:

      You are encouraged to review and work out the problems with students after Dec 5. However, keep each student's original contest paper on file for at least a year. Do not allow students to take their original contest paper home.

      Announce Results to Students:

      On Dec 5, you will find results on your team leader portal. You are welcome to share students' scores and results with your students and parents. 

      Distribute Medals:

      Awards will be mailed to your school (the mailing address you entered during your registration) 2-3 weeks after the results are available.

      Note: If you paid by Purchase Order, make sure your school sends the payment check as soon as possible. We will not send the medals until the actual payment is received.

      Other than medals, we also have digital 'Mathlete Certificate', 'Team Winner Certificate' and 'National Honor Roll Certificate' available for you to download, print, and distribute. The certificate links will appear on the student table on the Team Leader portal after Dec 5.

      Award Ceremony:

      Schedule a time for the award ceremony, and send invitations to students, parents, and colleagues! It is time to celebrate! 

Questions? Feel free to email at any time!