Sumdog’s free online Maths contests are a fun way to motivate your pupils as they compete against other classes and schools, locally or nationally. Scores are based on accuracy – pupils’ individual scores are based on the number of questions they answer correctly during the contest and the class score is based on the average of the number of questions answered correctly by every pupil in the class.
The level of questions asked will be different for every pupil and questions will be based on the results of the pupils’ diagnostic – so everyone has a fair chance. Click here for more information about the diagnostic tool.
Each Sumdog Contest is designed to provide a fun and educational way for pupils to learn maths. That means we offer a range of questions to keep pupils inspired and engaged.
Pupils will be asked questions based on their diagnostic scores, ensuring that they are framed at the appropriate learning level.
Pupils will need to complete the maths diagnostic before they can take part in the contest. Pupils who have not completed their maths diagnostic will not see the contest activity until the diagnostic has been completed.
It is therefore best to set up your class and allow your pupils to complete their maths diagnostic prior to the start of the contest.
In order to ensure that the contests are fair, a minimum class size of 5 pupils is required to take part. There is a maximum class size in the system of 40 pupils.
Don’t worry if you’re teaching a small class, there’s still a way you can participate in the event. If you have less than 5 pupils, you are able to combine classes for the contest period. You can look at our guide here on how to move pupils between classes.
We should warn you it’s not wise to move your pupils between classes during the contest period. This will reset any contest score you have achieved so far, and might prevent your pupils from continuing with the contest.
Note: Class scores are based on the class average so every class, no matter what size, has the same chance of winning.