International Youth Math Challenge
The IYMC competition enables you to unleash your potential, creativity, and math skills! The International Youth Math Challenge is one of the biggest online math competition for students from all around the world.

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Qualification Round 2018
You find the IYMC challenge for the qualification round 2018 with five math problems on this page. To qualify for the pre-final round you have to solve at least three (age under 18) to four (over 18) of the problems correctly. The math problems vary in topic, difficulty, and subject. The problems range from geometry to number theory to make sure that everyone finds interesting problems to work out! This competition will not only sharpen your mind but also prove your math skills!

You can participate in the IYMC qualification round 2018 until 30.9.2018. Correct submissions are honored with certificates and you qualify for the pre-final round of IYMC!

left to submit your solutions for the qualification round! You can submit your solution via the submission form below: Submission. Participate today and show us your math skills!

  Qualification Round 2018
  What is IYMC?
The International Youth Math Challenge is an international mathematics competition that enables students from all countries to prove their math skills and to unleash their creativity.

(Qualification Round) The qualification round 2018 consists of five math problems. In order to qualify for the pre-final round, you need to solve at least three (under 18) to four (over 18) of the problems correctly. You can submit your solutions online until 30.9.2018. All participants receive certificates.

(Pre-Final Round) Successful participants can register for the pre-final round in October. You have one week to solve 15 problems of the pre-final round. The registration costs are 5 USD to make this competition possible: Learn More

(Final Round) Successful finalists can participate in the final round: You will take an exam of 60 minutes supervised by your school teacher or another person of trust. The winners receive certificates and cash prizes worth over 500 USD.

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  Who can participate?
In order to participate in IYMC you have to be a high-school or university student. Depending on your age (over 18 years or under 18 years) you will have to solve more problems to qualify for the next round. Students from all grades and all countries are invited to participate!

To solve the problems you should be smart, open-minded, and creative. You should have a working internet connection to submit your solution online.


 For Teachers and Schools
Teachers, parents, and schools are invited to share this opportunity with their students and youths to make talented students in particular benefit from IYMC. We provide materials, flyers, and posters for schools and teachers and we will support you with any issue. We also award three special awards for teachers and schools. More details: here.

  Why participate?
IYMC gives you the unique opportunity to unleash your math skills and to apply them to challenging problems. Participants can receive certificates, awards, cash prizes, and global recognition.

All participants receive participation certificates. The best students receive the 1. prize, 2. prize, and 3. prize with a cash prize of respectively 200 USD, 150 USD, and 100 USD. There are also special awards and awards for the best submissions from each region:

  All Prizes and Awards


 Global Network
A successful participation allows you to join the IYMC network: You will get the rare chance to connect and exchange with outstanding, similar-minded, and inspiring students worldwide.

 Become Ambassador
Winners, students, and teachers are encouraged to become official IYMC Ambassadors with the aim to inspire students and to encourage them to engage in math and to participate in IYMC.

Submission
The form on the right enables you to upload your solution file. The file may be typed digitally (recommended) or it may be a clear picture of your handwritten notes. You can not edit or change your solution after the submission.

You can upload pdf, word, jpg, png, and other file formats. The file size has to be below 10 MB otherwise it will be rejected. Make sure to enter your birthday as MM/DD/YYY or YYYY-MM-DD format.

In case you have multiple pictures you may use an online tool such as ImgToPdf or online2pdf to combine the pictures to a single file.

Make sure that you write your forename and surname correctly. It will be used for the participation, finalist, and winner certificates. Please only use English letters (no Hindi, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc.) to avoid misspelling!

By clicking on 'Submit Solution' you accept the rules, terms, and conditions of this competition which apply to all participants.

You can check your submission status here: Check Submission
Info: Submission has closed!
  Information for Teachers and Schools
Teachers, parents, and schools are invited to share this opportunity with their students and to make talented students in particular benefit from IYMC.

The IYMC competition is a great way to sharpen the mind of your students, to give them motivation and to challenge them with creative math problems. The problems can be used as homework or project work as well: The competition includes various topics that range from geometry to number theory.

Furthermore, teachers and schools may use the IYMC challenge for after-school classes or workshops. The problems will inspire students to get engaged in mathematics and will provide a unique opportunity for talented students to challenge their math skills.

 Special Teacher Award
Schools/teachers with many participants and very successful participants receive special awards. The awards are not connected to a cash prize but are supposed to honor the efforts of the schools and individual teachers: Read More

If you are interested in implementing an IYMC group in your school or using the IYMC problems for your curriculum or as project work, do not hesitate to get in touch.
You can also find additional materials, flyers, and posters on this page.

  Download Teacher Flyer

  Materials and Documents
Below you find a list of materials such as pictures, information flyers, and posters, that you may use to promote IYMC (under terms and conditions):

  IYMC Logo Blue [PNG]
  IYMC Logo Black [PNG]

  IYMC Paperhead [PDF]
  Full Information Flyer [PDF]
  Timetable and Deadlines [PDF]
  Awards and Prizes [PDF]
  Teacher Information Flyer [PDF]
  Registration Costs Flyer [PDF]

  IYMC Poster Colorful
  IYMC Poster Plain


  The IYMC Network
Winners and former participants of IYMC become part of the IYMC network: This network consists of outstanding and talented students from all around the world! It enables you to get in touch with inspiring youths and to connect with students worldwide. If you have successfully participated you will receive all information from us.

Become IYMC Ambassador
Since IYMC is an international contest with participants distributed all around the world, it is crucial to have official IYMC Ambassadors in several schools, cities, and nations. IYMC Ambassadors are being honored with a certificate: You represent your school/city and you can also manage an IYMC student group, promote IYMC in your country, and ensure that your country has vital IYMC activity! Being an IYMC Ambassadors is not only good for your CV and career experiences, but it gives you the unique opportunity to prove your skills as coordinator and to encourage students to get engaged with IYMC.

 Requirements
You have to be at least 14 years old, be interested in mathematics or programming and be willing to spend the time to encourage students to participate in IYMC.

 Application Process
In order to verify your eligibility as IYMC Ambassador please send an application letter that expresses your motivation to become Ambassador and your latest CV via email to the public relations manager Rami Aly: rami.aly@iymc.info.

After you applied via e-mail the international coordinator will contact you.

 Responsibilities and Benefits
You have a variety of responsibilities such as to encourage students and youths to participate in IYMC and to inform schools, local institutes, etc. about IYMC. You also have the power to establish a strong and vital IYMC group in your region! However, this unique opportunity is not the only reason to become IYMC Ambassador: There are more benefits such as high-class career experiences and the IYMC Ambassador certificate.

We do not accept any more IYMC Ambassador for this year's round!

 Frequently Asked Questions
General Information
+ What is IYMC?

Mathematics is an essential for the understanding of the world, scientific achievements, and progress, and for engineering and prosperity in our society. There is no doubt that math education is crucial for students of all ages around the world. IYMC aims to establish a global competition that is accessible to all students and teachers - youths receive the unique opportunity to challenge their skills, be encouraged and rewarded, and to enjoy the fascinating world of mathematics.
+ What makes IYMC unique?

  • Internationality: The International Youth Math Challenge is a global competition from the first round! All participants solve the same problems in every round: This enables a fair evaluation and international exchange.

  • Online Submission: The competition uses the possibilities of the modern internet to give all students the opportunity to participate regardless of nation, region, school, or affiliation. Every student may participate on his own - there is no affiliation of your school or teacher to IYMC required for the registration.

  • Special-Creativity Problems: The pre-final round includes three special problem types that only exists in the IYMC competition: the special-creativity-problems. These problems do not have a final answer, but the approaches and interim result give points. This problem type represents real examples of mathematical research and requires special originality and creativity - students receive the possibility to try real mathematical thinking.

  • Teacher Support and Online Tool: We supply teachers and schools with further materials and support them in case of questions, requests, or wishes. Also, we have implemented an online tool to check submissions and results.
+ I have already participated. Should I participate again?

Yes, of course!
+ Are teams allowed?

Everyone has to submit his own solution. However, for the qualification round, you are allowed to work on the problems with your friends together.
+ Where do I find the problems of last year's challenge?

This is the first year that IYMC uses the three-round concept instead of the monthly challenges.
+ How is the International Youth Math Challenge organized?

The International Youth Math Challenge is proud to be one of the biggest independent global math competition that is not affiliated to an organization or institution. We thank all coordinators that do their best to make this competition possible for students from all around the world as well as our partners and sponsors.
Elegibility
+ Who can participate?

All students (high school or university) that are at least 10 years old are allowed to participate. Students from all grades and all countries are invited to participate! However, there are two age categories (under 18 years and over 18 years).
+ Are high school students and university students allowed to participate?

Yes, as long as you are at least 10 years old.
+ I will turn 18 after the submission deadline. To which age category do I belong?

The age criterion is determined by your age on the submission deadline of the qualification round (30.09.2018). It does not matter if you turn 18 after the submission deadline of the qualification round.
+ What is the difference between the age categories

Students from both categories will receive the same problems in all rounds, however, students that are 18 years or older will have to reach more points (e.g. to qualify for the pre-final round, students that are under 18 years have to solve three problems correctly and students that are over 18 years have to solve four problems correctly).
+ Do I have to be a student to participate?

Yes, you have to be a student in a high school or a university to participate. If you are currently between high school and university (e.g. gap year) and plan to start university any time soon, you are also eligible to participate.
Prizes and Awards
+ Hoch much is the total prize?

The prizes and awards worth a total of 500 USD: All Awards and Prizes
+ What is the "Special Honour for digital Submission"?

All participants that use professional computer programs (e.g. TeX) to write down their solutions receive a special honorary note on their certificates since this skill is important for the future career.
+ What are the special regions awards?

Because IYMC is an international competition, we honor the best participants from each region of the world with a special certificate: More Information
+ Why is my country not listed for the special regions awards?

The list in the information document (here) only includes examples. Every country of the world is regognized in one of the regions listed.
+ How can I receive my results and certificates?

We will send all results and certificates via email. However, you can also check your results and your certificates online: Check Status
+ Do all participants receive certificates?

Yes, we will send participation certificates (soft copy) to all participants regardless of the success.
+ Do I need to win to receive an certificate?

No, all participants (regardless of the results) receive certificates.
+ Do I receive a hard copy of my certificate?

All winners will receive hard copies of their certificates. All participation and finalists certificates will be sent as soft copy via email (to lower the expenses and to protect the environment).
+ Are there awards for teachers and schools?

Yes, we understand the crucial role of teachers and schools for mathematical education. Because of that, we award three school awards to honor the efforts of the teachers and the school (the awards are not connected to cash prize): Teacher Information Flyer
+ How does a school win one of the school award?

Schools participate automatically if a student registers with the school name. (Please make sure that all of your students write the school name correctly and the same!)
Submission and Qualification Round
+ What should the submitted file include?

The submission should include the solution to at least three (if you are under 18 years old) to four (if you are over 18 years old) of the problems of the qualification round.
+ Do I need to register somewhere before I can submit my solution?

No, registration and submission happen at the same time.
+ What should the submitted file include?

The submission should include the solution to at least three to four of the problems of the qualification round.
+ Do I need to solve all problems of the qualification round?

No! You need to solve three problems if you are under 18 years old and four problems if you are over 18 years old. You can decide which of the problems A, B, C, D, E you would like to solve.
+ How can I check my submission and results?

You can use the online status tool: Check Status
+ Can I edit or change my submission?

No, you can not edit or change your solution after the submission.
+ When is the deadline for the qualification round?

The submission deadline is 30.09.2018 23:59 UTC+0 (i.e. September 30, 2018).
+ When will the results of the qualification round be announced?

The results of the qualification round will be announced on 08.10.2018. You will receive an information email and you can view your results online by this date: Check Status
+ What are the timezones of the deadlines?

The timezone is UTC+0 for all deadlines.
+ I have problems uploading my file. What should I do?

(1) Check whether your submission was already successful on this page: Check Status. (2) If your submission was not found, use a different browser, use a different computer or laptop, or try to compress your file. (3) If nothing works, please contact us.
Pre-Final and Final Round
+ Do I need to solve all five problems to qualify for the pre-final round?

No. You need to solve at least three (if you are under 18 years old) to four (if you are over 18 years old) of the qualification round correctly.
+ How does the pre-final round take place?

All participants that are qualified and that are registered for the pre-final round will receive the problems via email on Monday 29.10.2018. From that day on you have one week until Sunday 04.11.2018 to solve as many problems as possible!
+ How does the final round take place?

Participants that have solved the pre-final round successfully are qualified to participate in the final round: a multiple-choice exam for which students have 60 minutes time. The exam will take place in the school of each finalist supervised by a teacher. All finalists have to select a teacher (or another person-of-trust) who agrees to supervise the final exam. We will send all required information and the final exam to the selected teacher who has time to conduct the 60 minutes exam until 30.11.2018.
+ How to qualify for the final-round?

The pre-final round consists of 15 different problems that vary in difficult: 6x basic problems (two points), 6x advanced problems (four points), 3x special-creativity problems (eight points). It is possible to reach up to 60 points in total. Students have to reach at least 25 points (under 18 years) or 35 (over 18 years) to qualify for the final round. (The limits may be increased or decreased depending on the number and quality of results.)
+ What are the deadlines of the pre-final and final round?

You find all relevant deadlines here: Timetable and Deadlines
+ Do I need to pay something to partcipate?

The IYMC competition is free to enter for all students around the world. However, all students that have qualified and want to register for the pre-final round have to cover the registration costs of 5 USD to make this global competition possible (this is optional): More Information
+ Do I need to pay if I was successful in the first round?

No, if you are successful in the qualification round, you are free to decide whether you want to register for the pre-final round or not. You will always receive a certificate of your results in the qualification round!
+ Can I only participate in the qualification round and not in the pre-final round?

Of course, you can participate in the qualification round and receive your participation certificate and not register for the pre-final round. However, in this case, you would miss this opportunity.
+ How to pay the registration costs?

We will inform all successful participants of the qualification round about the registration process for the pre-final round. The registration costs have to be covered before the pre-final round starts if you want to participate in the pre-final round. The costs can be covered with any common payment method such as PayPal, credit card, or direct transfer.
Teachers and Schools
+ I am a teacher. Can I use the IYMC competition in class?

Yes, teachers and schools are invited to share this opportunity with their students and to make talented students in particular benefit from IYMC. You can use all problems, posters, and materials.
+ How can a teacher check the submissions of his students?

We have implemented an online tool to check the submissions and results: Check Status
+ Are there awards for teachers and schools?

Yes, we understand the crucial role of teachers and schools for mathematical education. Because of that, we award three school awards to honor the efforts of the teachers and the school (the awards are not connected to cash prize): Teacher Information Flyer
IYMC Ambassadors
+ What are IYMC Ambassadors?

Since IYMC is an international contest with participants distributed all around the world, it is crucial to have official IYMC Ambassadors in several schools, cities, and nations. IYMC Ambassadors are being honored with a certificate: You represent your school/city and you can also manage an IYMC student group, promote IYMC in your country, and ensure that your country has vital IYMC activity! Being an IYMC Ambassadors is not only good for your CV and career experiences, but it gives you the unique opportunity to prove your skills as coordinator and to encourage students to get engaged with IYMC.
+ Do I need to be a IYMC winner to become IYMC Ambassador?

No. Teachers, professors, as well as motivated students can become IYMC Ambassadors.
+ What are the requirements to become IYMC Ambassador?

You have to be at least 14 years old, be interested in mathematics or programming and be willing to spend time to encourage students to participate in IYMC.
+ How to apply to become IYMC Ambassador?

In order to verify your eligibility as IYMC Ambassador please send an application letter that expresses your motivation to become Ambassador and your latest CV via email to the public relations manager Rami Aly: rami.aly@iymc.info.
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