Frequently Asked Questions

Privacy Policy

Continental Mathematics League will only use personal information collected from this site for the purpose of communication back to individuals who contact us via the site. We will not distribute or sell personal information to third-party organizations.

Return or Cancellation Policy

Cancellation of Contests is on request for a refund or credit for the following year. Unused books may be returned for a full refund. Please email for help with a return or cancellation.

Response to Covid-19

Our plan is to let any school use the Meet and Contest Dates as suggestive dates. Schools can administer the Meets/Contests at their convenience and when conditions safely allow.

For schools that will not be returning this year, students are allowed to take the tests at home with a parent proctor following our time limits.

What is a team?

When you register a team in any of our Leagues/Contests, you can administer the questions to as many students as you wish. Your team score is your top 6 student scores in math or your top 10 student scores for all other subjects. For our leagues, student names can change from meet to meet. You report your team scores on score forms provided or by visiting the results section of our website.

Example: You register a grade 5 math team. You can give 5 meets to as many grade 5 students as you wish. After each meet, you list the top 6 student scores – this sum becomes your team score. For Meets 2, 3 ,4 and 5 different student names can be listed on the score form and their scores when added up become your team score for that meet. Your cumulative score is the sum of the previous and current Meet scores.

What is the difference between the Euclidean and Pythagorean Divisions in Math?

For grades 4 – 9 we offer two divisions – the Euclidean and Pythagorean divisions. The Euclidean division has questions calling upon average reading comprehension and analytical reasoning. The Pythagorean division has questions calling upon above-average reading comprehension and analytical reasoning. There is only one set of questions for all other Leagues/Contests.

Note: A team cannot participate in both the Euclidean and Pythagorean Divisions. However, many schools enter one team in the Euclidean Division and a different team (in the same or a different grade level) in the Pythagorean Division.

Must the meets/contests be given on the exact dates?

No, but meets should be given as close to the scheduled dates as possible. For the contests – they can be given on any day in a designated two week period.

Are late results accepted?

Yes. For a school to be listed in the Meet/Contest print-outs sent to each school, we need to receive score sheets about ten days after the Meet/Contest is scheduled. If a school misses this deadline, we still count their results in future print-outs. (Under certain circumstances a school that is late too often could not be a regional or national winner, but the students are all eligible for a regional or national award.)

How do I view sample tests?

Sample tests can be found for every grade of every Contest. Go to the web page for the subject you are interested in. For example, to find the math samples, go to the “math” page. Scroll to the bottom where you see the products. Click on the large “CML” logo above the grade level you are interested in. A page will open where you can download the sample.

If a student’s school does not participate can the student still participate as a “Home School”?

A Home School to us does not necessarily mean a student is schooled at home – rather, simply a student that wishes to participate when his or her school does not. So yes, we attach Home School to the student’s last name such as the Smith Home School. The fee is reduced to $20 per child for each League/Contest. No student may participate on a school team and as a “Home School ” team.

To participate as a “Home School” register with your email address and create an account, but do not purchase any products. Then email so we can designate your account to receive the special pricing. Once we have done that, we will let you know that you are ready to buy your products.

An example: A student is registered for grade 5 Euclidean Division math and for a grade 5 Science. Cost is $40.

Can the Best of CML Math Books be ordered by Parents?

Yes, absolutely. You can order CML Math Books via this website. Books are $35 each and $27 for League members and parents whose child attends a school in the League.

Are there shipping/handling charges?

No. There are no additional fees for shipping and handling when purchasing CML Books or joining our Leagues/Contests.

Can students with a 504 plan or IEP get accommodations?

Yes, for special needs students please follow the same procedures for other standardized tests and allow for any accommodations within the students’ plan.