Frequently Asked Questions

What accommodations are made for contestants with disabilities?

In the interest of making the Mandelbrot Competition equally accessible to all eligible students interested in mathematics and in order to conform with standard practice among other math contests and standardized tests, Greater Testing Concepts will implement the following policy regarding participants with disabilities.

A student with a documented learning disability who qualifies for extended time on standardized tests, such as the SAT, is permitted time-and-a-half (one hour) to work on the questions for each round of the Mandelbrot Competition. Such students must provide documentation to the school coordinator prior to the rounds in which they wish to utilize extended time. While Greater Testing Concepts allows extra time in these circumstances, granting this time and making alternate testing arrangements is left solely to the discretion of the school coordinator. Note that this policy applies only to the Mandelbrot Competition, but not the Team Play.

Blind students are granted double time (eighty minutes) to take the Mandelbrot Competition under the following conditions. The test should be Brailled verbatim using the standard mathematical Brailling system. In order to ensure equity, the blind student must adhere to the same testing conditions as other contestants aside from the extended time granted. In particular, the student may not consult with any person or other resource while taking the contest. Obviously, the student's responses should be evaluated by a person familiar with the mathematical Braille system; the student is not allowed to interpret their answers for the grader just as is the case for other contestants. Coordinators are always welcome to inquire about student responses for which it is unclear whether or not credit should be awarded.

Since it would be difficult to formulate a blanket policy which would address all situations, Greater Testing Concepts will make accommodations for students with other physical disabilities on a case-by-case basis, updating this page as need be.

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