FAQ

Q: What should I do if I do not understand something about the competition?

A: You should contact the CMIMC staff. The best form of contact is by email to ctj@math.cmu.edu.


Q: How many chaperones can/should come?

A: Every team needs at least one chaperone; however, a team is invited to bring as many chaperones as they would like.


Q: Can I buy a CMIMC t-shirt?

A: CMIMC t-shirts come for free with the registration fee. However, they are also sold at the competition for $15 each.


Q: What awards will be offered?

A: Top teams will receive trophies, and top individuals will receive medals.


Q: Will there be travel reimbursement?

A: There will not be travel reimbursement, but there are many hotels recommended by CMU that have deals with CMU.


Q: What can/do I need to bring to CMIMC?

A: The only materials you are allowed to use on the test are pens and pencils. That means no calculators, compasses, or straightedges.


Q: How many people per team?

A: Teams consist of 4-6 people, but incomplete teams (including teams of 1) will be accommodated on the contest date.


Q: So... can I come to CMIMC as an individual?

A: Yes, you can! But a full team consists of 4-6 people, so you will participate as an incomplete team.


Q: Who can participate?

A: Participants must be high school students.


Q: Who runs the CMIMC?

A: CMIMC is run by Carnegie Mellon undergraduate students.


Q: What lunch will be served?

A: Pizza will be served for lunch, which comes for free with the registration fee. We accommodate for dietary restrictions.


Q: What types of mini-events will there be?

A: Mini-events may include a talk by a guest speaker, a panel of current Carnegie Mellon students, and small competitions like Rubik's cube or chess.


Q: Will you offer a guided tour of CMU?

A: We will offer a guided tour of CMU as an event.


Q: What do I do if I do not understand a problem during the test?

A: You should raise your hand and notify your testing proctor, who will relay your question to the CMIMC staff.


Q: What do I do if I disagree with an answer or solution to a problem after the test?

A: You should contact any CMIMC staff, who will help you resolve the problem with the grading committee.


Q: What if I am caught cheating?

A: Such situations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. At the very least, the cheating individual will be disqualified, and the team will have to compete with the remaining individuals.


Q: What should I do if I think someone cheated?

A: You should contact any CMIMC staff, who will notify the competition directors.


Q: Do good results at the CMIMC contribute to my college application to Carnegie Mellon University?

A: CMIMC is not affiliated with the Carnegie Mellon admissions office; however, you should include on your application if you competed in the CMIMC to demonstrate your motivation and excitement for math and computer science.