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International Youth Math Challenge (IYMC) 2021

August 30, 2021 8:00 AM
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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 2021 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 17. October 2021. All participants receive certificates.

(Pre-Final Round) Successful participants can register for the pre-final round in October. You have five days to solve 10 problems of the pre-final round. The registration costs are 8 EUR to make this competition possible: Learn More

(Final Round) Successful finalists can participate in the final round: You will take an online exam supervised by your teacher. The winners receive certificates and cash prizes worth over 700 USD.

Who can participate?
In order to be eligible to participate in IYMC you have to be at least 10 years old and you have to be a student (high school or university). There are no other restrictions and students from all grades and all countries are invited to participate!
There are two age categories:

  • ˆJunior, under 18: Age from 10 to 17 years.
  • ˆYouth, over 18: Age from 18 years.

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).

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

Prizes and Awards
The prizes and awards worth a total of 700 USD which includes cash prizes of 600 USD: All participants (regardless of the results) receive participation certificates to honour their efforts. In the final round participants receive either a Bronze, Silver or Gold Honour, depending on the performance. The best students can achieve the 1. prize, 2. prize, and 3. prize as well as special awards for the best students from each region

  1. Prize, Youth 150 USD Cash Prize, Special 1. Prize Certificate
  2. Prize, Youth 100 USD Cash Prize, Special 2. Prize Certificate
  3. Prize, Youth 50 USD Cash Prize, Special 3. Prize Certificate
  4. Prize, Junior 150 USD Cash Prize, Special 1. Prize Certificate
  5. Prize, Junior 100 USD Cash Prize, Special 2. Prize Certificate
  6. Prize, Junior 50 USD Cash Prize, Special 3. Prize Certificate
  • National Awards  Special National Award Certificate
  • All Finalists            Bronze Honour, Silver Honour or Gold Honour
  • All Participants    Official Participation Certificate
    + Special Honour for digital Submission

National Awards
Since the International Youth Math Challenge is an international competition with participations from various countries, we honour the best participants from each participating nation with a special national award certificate.

Awards for Ambassadors
Each year, special awards are given to the most active and responsible ambassadors to honour their excellent performance. The IYMC coordinators use the information about the number of participants that you encouraged as well as your documented activities to honour following awards:

  • 1x IYMC Ambassador Award for Most Overall Participants: The ambassador that has encouraged the most students to participate in IYMC will receive this award.
  • 1x IYMC Ambassador Award for Most Finalists: This award is received by the ambassador that was able to support most students to get into the final round.
  • IYMC Ambassador Award for Excellent Encouragement: Ambassadors that are extraordinarily active and that have documented numerous activities to inspire students for mathematics as well as to encourage them to participate in IYMC receive this award.

Awards for Schools
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):

  • 1x IYMC School Award for Most Participants: This award receives the school with the most overall participants of the qualification round to honor the efforts of the teachers for encouraging students to participate in mathematical competitions.
  • 1x IYMC School Award for Most Finalists: This special award receives the school with the most students participating in the pre-final and final round.
  • IYMC School Award for Excellence: This award receives the school with many outstanding students that have achieved high results throughout the overall competition to honor the quality education. The organizers decide which school receives the award.

Further Achievements
Participating in international competitions is important for the personal development of students and it is a great achievement for your career. Furthermore, to participate in IYMC is a unique experience that will bring encouragement and motivation to all youths.

Global 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.

Meetups: The IYMC team organizes meetups in several regions of the world all participants are welcomed to attend these. The meetups are announced via email and on the social media channels

Process and Deadlines
The IYMC competition consists of three stages: qualification round, pre-final round, and final round. Each round has it’s unique features to enable a challenging and interesting experience!

Qualification Round
The qualification round is the first stage and consists of five math problems: A, B, C, D, and
E. The problems are available online on the official IYMC website. These 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. The problems will not only sharpen your mind but also challenge your math skills!

All participants of the qualification round will receive participation certificates. You need
to solve at least three problems (under 18 years) or four problems (over 18 years) correctly to qualify for the pre-final round.

The submission deadline is Sunday 17. October 2021 23:59 UTC+0.

Submission Information
In order to avoid connection issues, upload errors, and other problems, please be encouraged to submit your solution before the submission deadline on 17. October 2021. The solution file may be typed digitally (recommended) or it may be a clear picture of your handwritten notes. In case you have multiple pictures you may use an online tool 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. There are no fees or registration costs to participate in the qualification round.

The results of the qualification round will be announced on 25. October 2021.

Announcement and Status
You will receive an email about the results, however, you can also check your submission status, your results, your performance report, and your certificates online on the submission status page created for you. We highly encourage you to log into your account: www.iymc.info/login

Pre-Final Round
Participants that have solved the qualification round successfully are qualified to participate in the pre-final round. The problems will be more challenging, but even more interesting!

Problems and Points
The pre-final round consists of 10 problems that vary in difficulty, points, and topic. All topics from geometry to number theory are included. There are three types of problems that give you three, four, and six points:

  • 4x Basic Problems: The pre-final round includes four basic problems (lowest difficulty). A correct solution to a basic problem adds three points to the total score.
  • 4x Advanced Problems: The pre-final round includes four advanced problems that are more difficult. A correct solution to an advanced problem gives four points.
  • ˆ2x Special-Creativity Problems: The pre-final round includes two special-creativity problems: These problems do not necessary have a final answer, but the approaches and interim results give between zero to six points: Participants could be required to perform more complex proofs, to read scientific materials, or to combine mathematical techniques.

It is possible to reach up to 40 points in total. Students have to reach at least 20 points (under 18 years) or 28 (over 18 years) to qualify for the final round.

Process and Submission
All participants that are qualified and that are registered for the pre-final round will receive
the problems via email or at the online status page on Wednesday 15. November 2021. From
that day on you have five days until Sunday 21. November 2021 to solve as many problems as possible!

You can submit your solution online via a special submission form: You can choose if you
would like to submit the solution as handwritten version or as computer typed document. We recommend to write the solution in the blank sapce on the problem sheets of the pre-final round. Please highlight your final solution for each task. However, computer typed versions do not receive a special note on their certificates.

Registration and Costs
If you succeed in the qualification round, you have the unique opportunity to participate in the pre-final round. You can register for the pre-final round via your online status page.

The registration deadline for the pre-final round is Monday 15. November 2021

This global competition is attached to many costs such as human resource, technical infrastructure, materials, and much more. Our sponsors cover most of the expenses, however, to make this international opportunity possible we ask the participants to cover the registration costs of 8 EUR for the pre-final round

The registration costs are necessary to provide the resources for the evaluation of this year’s
competition and in particular for the comprehensive pre-final round. The registration costs will exclusively be used to make this global opportunity possible and are the only costs attached to this competition. The registration costs can be covered with any common payment option available and we will inform all qualified participants about further details. You can learn more information about the registration costs here: https://iymc.info/costs

The results of the pre-final round will be announced on 29. November 2021

Final Round
Participants that have solved the pre-final round successfully are qualified to participate in the final round: a multiple-choice online exam.

Exam and Points
The final round consists of a single exam with 20 multiple-choice questions involving mathematical calculations and knowledge. The questions require math skills as well as knowledge about mathematical definitions. Finalists have 60 seconds for each question! To every question there are four possible answers given (only one is correct). A correct answer equals one point.The awards and prizes are given to the finalists with the most points in the final round.

Teacher Registration
The exam will take place in the school of each finalist supervised by a teacher. All finalists
have to select a teacher who agrees to supervise the final exam. We will send all required in-
formation to the selected teacher who has time to conduct the exam on Tuesday 14 December 2021 between 6-7 pm. The teacher has to make sure that the finalist does not cheat and does not open any other browser tabs, websites, programs, or computer windows during the exam.

The results of the final round will be announced on 20. December 2021.

Information for Teachers and Schools

Inspire and Challenge your Students
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 with mathematics and will provide a unique opportunity for talented students to challenge their math skills.

Special School Awards
Schools and teachers with many participants and very successful participants receive special
awards. The awards are not connected to a cash prize but are supposed to honour the efforts
of the schools and individual teachers. (read more on page 6)

Teacher Registration, Interface and Online Tools
All teachers and supervisor can register to access the special online teacher interface. This tool gives you the possibility to view the results and performance reports of your students, to cover the pre-final registration costs for the whole class, to supervise and upload the final exam results, and more! You register as teacher on this page: https://iymc.info/teacher-registration

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 our official website

IYMC Ambassador Program
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 honoured 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 time to encourage students to participate in IYMC.

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 this opportunity. 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 ambassador certificate.

All official IYMC ambassadors additionally receive a personal ambassador page to manage
their activities and an official IYMC email address. Accepted IYMC ambassadors can login
here: https://iymc.info/ambassadors

However, the unique opportunities are just a few of many reason to become official IYMC
ambassador: There are more benefits such as high-class career experiences and the official
IYMC ambassador certificate. Possible activities as IYMC ambassador include following:

  • Using social media to spread information about the IYMC opportunity.
  • Informing teachers and schools about the IYMC opportunity.
  • Hosting workshops or events related to IYMC problems.
  • Contacting and collaborating with local clubs, networks, and organizations.

A full list of ideas for ambassador activities can be found here: https://iymc.info/amblist

Special Awards for Ambassadors
Special awards are given each year to the most active ambassadors to honour their excellent and responsible performance. This includes awards for encouraging many participants as well as for coordinating many activities. However, your main purpose of becoming ambassador should always be to inspire youths! You find more information on page 6.

Application Process
In order to verify your eligibility as IYMC Ambassador please fill out the ambassador application form: this includes your CV and a short motivation statement that explains your reasons and plans for becoming IYMC ambassador. After you applied, the Public Relations Manager of 2021, Mr. Rami Aly, and other coordinators will review your application and contact you.

The application form is available on this page: https://iymc.info/application

Further Information

Preparation and Previous Problem
Preparation recommendations and all problems and solutions to previous editions of the International Youth Math Challenge are available online: www.iymc.info/training

Login and Submission Status
We provide all participants with a great tool to check your submission, your results, and your certificates in all round. The online feature is available via this link: www.iymc.info/login

Certificate Verification Page
All certificates and documents issues by IYMC will contain a verification-ID. On this way, other people can check your certificates issued by us via this page: www.iymc.info/verify

 Materials and Documents
On our official website, you find a list of materials with additional information and that you
can use to promote IYMC. The materials include:

  • Information Flyers
  • Paperhead (for notes)
  • Official Posters

Newsletter
The IYMC Newsletters and alerts will inform you about upcoming challenges as well as general information and activities. You can subscribe to the newsletter on the IYMC website.

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 their own solution papers in all rounds. However, for the qualification round, you are allowed to work on the problems with your friends and classmates together. Working together or receiving help from other people is not permitted in the pre-final and final round. You find more about rules and cheating policy here: Cheating Policy

Where do I find the problems of last year's competition?

You find them here: Training Problems

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: Partners and Sponsors

Will there be verification codes on the certificates?

Yes, all of your IYMC certificates have verification IDs. This enables others to verify the authenticity of the certificates and documents: Verification page

Where is the competition located?

The International Youth Math Challenge takes place online for the most parts and is accessible for students around the world - you do not need to travel somewhere to participate. The organizing team is constantly evolving, with most team members and technical infrastructure being located in Germany. There are also many other people around the world, such as the IYMC ambassadors, who do their best to make this competition a valuable experience.

Are high school students and university students allowed to participate?

Yes.

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 (17. October 2021). 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.

How much is the total prize?


The two age groups are The two age groups are awarded separately. The prizes and awards worth a total of 700 USD: All Awards and Prizes

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: Login

Do all participants receive certificates?

Yes, we will send participation certificates (soft copy) to all participants regardless of the results.

Do I receive a hard copy of my certificate?

All participation and finalist certificates, as well as awards, will be sent as a soft copy via email (to lower the expenses and to protect the environment).

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.

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 login: Login

Can I send you my solution via email?

No, we do not accept any submissions or solutions that we receive via email. You have to submit your solution via the official submission form: Submission

Can I edit or change my submission?

Yes, you can edit or change your solution in your login page.

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 8 EUR to make this global competition possible: More Information

Do I have to pay if I was successful in the first round?

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!

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 or credit card.

Can I pay the registration costs in my currency?

Of course, the currency will be converted automatically to EUR during the payment process.

Is it possible to cover the costs for a group/class of students?

Yes, we provide a group payment page for teachers and schools to cover the pre-final registration costs for multiple participants at the same time (as a group).

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Submission deadline of qualification round -17th October 2021
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Announcement of results of qualification round -25th October 2021
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Registration deadline for pre-final round -15th November 2021
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Release of problems of pre-final round -17th November 2021
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Submission deadline of pre-final round -21th November 2021
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Announcement of results of pre-final round -29th November 2021
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Day of the final round exam -14th December 2021
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Announcement of results of final round -20th December 2021

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