Frequently Asked Questions

From event highlights to preparing your mathletes for the event, here’s everything you need to know about World Maths Day!
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What time does it start in my time zone?

8am NZ time – 8th March

6am Sydney time – 8th March

7pm UK time – 7th March

2pm New York time – 7th March

12pm Calgary time – 7th March

11am LA time – 7th March

Why do we celebrate World Maths Day?

World Maths Day is celebrated every year to make maths exciting and engaging for all school-aged children from all over the world – regardless of cultural or socio-economic background, and regardless of ability. World Maths Day disregards the notion that you are either a ‘maths person’ or not. 

What is World Maths Day?

World Maths Day is an international celebration of mathematics coordinated by 3P Learning (the makers of Mathletics). It’s free, all-inclusive, and open to schools as well as students learning from home.

What are the highlights of World Maths Day?

World Maths Day is all about fun, fast and inclusive maths, with Live Maths challenges being the highlight of the event. Students compete against peers from across the globe in 20 x 60-second live challenges. For every correct answer they achieve, they’re awarded one point which goes towards their total World Maths Day score. 

Why does access to World Maths Day start on the 7th of March for some countries?

World Maths Day is designed to start simultaneously across all regions. Meaning that students can compete against students from across the globe – not just in their time zone. This also means that some students will have access on the 7th of March.

What are the technical requirements?

Read more on technical requirements here.

As a teacher, is there anything I can do for my students?

The number one thing you can do as a teacher is to ensure that your students can access Live Mathletics. That means, if you’ve assigned any curriculum activities, Skill Quests (previously known as UPF) or PSR work, it may prevent them from accessing Live Mathletics and the World Maths Day platform.
To make sure this doesn’t happen (and keep the assigned activities), simply head into the ‘Assign’ area of Mathletics and make sure student access is set to ‘Student Open Access’.

What does my child or student do on the day of the event?

On the day of the event, students log into the World Maths Day platform (Mathletics) here. Once in they’ll see the World Maths Day button. Once clicked, they’ll find themselves in an updated Live Mathletics console. On the right-hand side will be a World Maths Day panel, showing students which Live Mathletics levels they can compete in to generate their World Maths Day score.

How can my students or child prepare for World Maths Day?
How does the School Challenge work?

The School’s Challenge is a Year/Grade challenge. The school with the highest average score in a specific Year/Grade will finish top for that Year/Grade.

The score is worked out by taking the total points earned and dividing it by the number of students taking part from that school. If you have less than 10 students in a year group at the school, the overall score will be divided by 10.

On which day is World Maths Day celebrated?

This year, World Maths Day will be celebrated on 8 March 2023. On this day, millions of students across the world compete in Live Mathletics challenges to determine a global winner, while also participating in fun activities that highlight the wonder of numbers.

How do I participate in World Maths Day?

World Maths day is free for anyone to enter. If you have a current Mathletics subscription you can use that, just log in on the day. If you don’t, then you can sign up for a free World Maths Day account here.

Is there a warm up period?

There is no warm up period this year.

If I already have Mathletics do I need to register?

We encourage you to register to stay up to date with event details. Your students can use their exsisting Mathletics logins to take part.

Do I need a Mathletics subscription?

No. World Maths Day is open to all school-aged students.

Is this free?


Is there an age limit?

Yes. The event is restricted to school-aged students (4-18).

How do I login?

Head here to login.

How long is a World Maths Day 'live maths game'?

60 seconds.

How many World Maths Day 'live maths game' can I complete for points?

20 live maths games count towards your World Maths Day score.

How many wrong answers can I get in each live maths game before it stops?

3 wrong answers per live maths game.

Do I have to compete in my grade?

Students must compete in the year group/grade that they are currently enrolled in at their school as of 7th March 2023. Students participating in an incorrect year group will be ineligible for prizes.

What age groups are there?

K/F, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9+

Does everyone answer the same questions?

Questions are randomised between live maths games. But within the live maths games the 4 participants will get the same questions.

Does everyone compete at the same level?

No. There are multiple levels to suit all mathematical abilities.

What happens once I complete my 20 games?

Your World Maths Day pointing scoring is done. But you can continue to access Live maths games and other areas of Mathletics.

Can I challenge other people in my class?

Yes. You can initiate a class challenge in the live maths platform.

What topics are in the games?

Topics vary between levels.

What are the prizes and how will they be awarded?

For the top student in each Global Year/Grade they will be awarded an iPad 256GB WIFI (9th Generation), along with a winners trophy.

2nd and 3rd place getters will also receive a World Maths Day trophy. ​

The iPad prizes will be awarded to the student that tops their Global Year/Grade group. There are 10 Year/Grade Global groups (K/F, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9+). Students must compete in the school Year/Grade that they’re enrolled in on the 8th of March. World Maths Day is only open to school-aged students (4 to 18 years old).​

Please refer to our full T & Cs: Terms and Conditions – World Maths Day Prizes.​

What time does it finish in my timezone?

8am NZ time – 10th March

6am Sydney time – 10th March

7pm UK time – 9th March

2pm New York time – 9th March

12pm Calgary time – 9th March

11am LA time – 9th March