Enigma Handbook 2017

Introduction

Enigma is a fun bi-annual series of online, academic competitions for students in grades 3 to 12 in Mathematics, Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) and English. All students in relevant grade levels are eligible to take part in the competitions: grades 3 to 12 for Mathematics, grades 5 to 12 for CAT, and grades 5 to 12 for English.

Enigma is:

Enigma takes place in two rounds:

Round Date Eligibility Duration
Round 1 March 6, 2017 - March 31, 2017 All students 40 minutes
Round 2 April 19, 2017 - May 11, 2017 Top Round 1 Students 40 minutes

How the Competition Works

Students register for Round 1. Students can register directly, or an educator can register multiple students. See Registering for Round 1.
Students prepare for the competition. See Preparing for the Competition.
Students participate in Round 1. The competition is open for approximately four weeks and students can take the competition at any time. Round 1 is based on a honor code. See Participating in Round 1.
Round 1 entries are scored, and the top performers are invited to Round 2.
Students find a supervisor to supervise them during Round 2. See Finding a Supervisor.
Students participate in Round 2. See Participating in Round 2.
Scores are finalized and awards are given out. See Commendations and Award Criteria.

Registering for Round 1

All students in relevant grade levels are eligible to take part in the competitions - grades 3 to 12 for Mathematics, grades 5 to 12 for CAT, and grades 5 to 12 for English. There are no other selection criteria.

Enigma supports group registration by schools and educators as well as individual registration by students and parents.

Schools/Educators
  • Register students for each subject separately, specifying a headcount.
  • Invite students using a section join link or by sending an invitation email.
  • Monitor student performance as they prepare for the competition, and see final competition scores when released.
Students
  • Register for each subject separately.
  • Work on practice problems to prepare for the competition.
  • Take the competition any time between the published dates.

Preparing for the Competition

For practice and preparation, each Enigma competition is bundled with a collection of problem sets and mock competitions.

Participating in Round 1

Students can participate any time between March 6, 2017 and March 31, 2017. There is a one week interim period after Round 1 closes in order to process scores and invite students to participate in Round 2.

  1. The competition is based on honor code, and no supervision is required.
  2. Ensure you have uninterrupted Internet access for 40 minutes.
  3. Log in to begin your competition.

Students in the top 30% of Round 1 will be invited to participate in Round 2 of the competition.

Finding a Supervisor

If chosen to participate in Round 2 of the competition, each student needs to find a supervisor. A supervisor is a volunteer who ensures that a competition is conducted in accordance with competition guidelines in order to preserve the integrity of the competition. The supervisor assists students in starting a competition, and watches over them until the competition is complete.

If you are a student and registered through your instructor to participate in Round 1, then your instructor can become your supervisor. Otherwise, you will need to find a teacher or other adult not related to you to act as supervisor.

Participating in Round 2

Once a supervisor has been designated, a student can participate in Round 2 any time between April 19, 2017 and May 11, 2017.

Educators/Supervisors
  • Become an Enigma supervisor by accepting the terms.
  • Review the supervision guidelines.
  • Find a suitable location and time for supervising the competition.
  • Assist students in starting the competition using a provided activation code, and watch over them during the competition.
Please see the Supervisor Guidelines for Round 2 for complete details.
Students
  • Look for an email and notifications that you have qualified for Round 2.
  • Find a supervisor to conduct your competition.
  • Coordinate with the supervisor a time and location in which to take your competition.
  • Take Round 2.
Please see the Student Guidelines for Round 2 for complete details.

Commendations and Award Criteria

After Round 2 closes, final scores will be calculated and students will be notified of their awards.

Round 1

All students are eligible for one Round 1 award. A list of awards for each participant will be available to schools or individual entrants at the completion of Round 1.

DISTINCTION Awarded to a student who is in the top 10% of their level
CREDIT Awarded to a student who is in the top 10% of their level
PROFICIENCY Awarded to a student who has not received a Credit (or higher), but who has nonetheless received a score indicating satisfactory competence
PARTICIPATION Participation is awarded to a student who has not received a higher award but has participated in the competition

Round 2

Students in the top 30% of Round 1 will be invited to participate in Round 2 of the competition. Awards are based on the combined total of Round 1 and Round 2 of the competition for those invited to take the second part. However, if the total award score is less than the award score achieved in Round 1, there will be no reduction in the level of the award.

All students sitting Round 2 are guaranteed at least a credit grade for the competition. Students sitting Round 2 will be awarded individual certificates which will be sent in electronic form to schools or individual entrants shortly after the completion of the competition.

HIGH DISTINCTION Awarded to a student who is in the top 2% of their level
DISTINCTION Awarded to a student who is in the top 15% of their level
CREDIT Awarded to a student who has not received a higher award but is in the top 50% of their level
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