Frequently Asked Questions

ENROLLMENT

What are the dates for the current WordMasters Challenge™?

The full calendar can be accessed by clicking on the calendar icon over on the right margin of this page, or by clicking on Challenge Schedule under the RESOURCES tab.

 

 

I need to submit an order form to request a Purchase Order?  Is there a form I can download?

Yes, just click here to download our Order Form.  You can complete this form and submit it to your purchasing department to generate a Purchase Order.  However, we also encourage you to complete the online enrollment process (just use the "Bill Me Later" option when checking out) as this ensures we have complete and accurate contact information.  We will wait to invoice you until we receive your Purchase Order, and will be sure to indicate the PO number on the invoice.  I

f you do not complete your enrollment online, please be sure to include the email address for your Team Leader on your Purchase Order as we need this information to set up the website account for your school.

 

 

Can I sign up more than one team per grade level?

Sure, you can sign up as many teams as you want at each grade/division (just enter the desired  number of teams in the quantity box on the enrollment form).  For example, you may want to enter your entire third grade as one team.  Or you could enter each classroom as a separate team (e.g. Mrs. Smith’s Third Grade and Mr. White’s Third Grade).  Or you could enroll a Blue Division team and a Gold Division team in the same grade.  Just remember, only the top ten scores for each team are used to calculate the team score.

BILLING & SHIPPING

 

Do you offer discounts for enrolling multiple teams?

Discounts are based on the total number of teams enrolled by your school.  If you sign up 5-9 teams at the same school, you are entitled to a 10% discount on Challenge fees (savings of $9.50 per team); if you sign up 10 or more teams, you save 20% (savings of $19 per team).  The discount will be automatically applied if you register online.  

Please note:  The discount applies only to Challenge fees, not purchases of Analogies 101 or merchandise.

 

What about discounts for my school district?

District discounts are based on the number of schools enrolled in our program, not the number of teams.  If your district enrolls teams from 5-9 schools, you qualify for our DISTRICT10 discount (10% off Challenge fees); if your district enrolls teams from 10 or more schools, you qualify for our DISTRICT20 discount (20% off Challenge fees). Since our online enrollment program cannot determine which district each school customer belongs to, you must enter the discount code (DISTRICT10 or DISTRICT20) in the "District Discount Code" box on the Shopping Cart page and hit "Apply".

Please note:  The discount applies only to Challenge fees, not purchases of Analogies 101 or merchandise.

 

 

What do I pay for shipping on certificates, medals and other merchandise?

Shipping is FREE for all orders!  No extra charges—our shipping costs are included in your purchase price. (Expedited shipping costs apply if you need overnight or two-day delivery.  Also, incremental shipping costs will be charged to customers located outside of the United States.  Please call or email for more details.)

 

 

What happens if I cannot pay by credit card when I enroll online?

We understand that many teachers and administrators cannot pay by credit card at the time of ordering.  We will send an invoice by email once your order has been processed.  However, we cannot ship any merchandise until we have received payment.  If you order any logo merchandise or extra awards at the time you enroll, we will wait to ship your items until we have received payment.

 

 

If I order WordMasters™ merchandise items now, when will I receive them?

Merchandise orders are typically fulfilled within 2-3 working days.  Please allow up to 5 additional working days for shipping via the U.S. Postal Service.

SCORING

What happens if I don’t get my scores reported by the deadline?

We try to give you plenty of time to submit your scores, and have simplified the process by letting you enter your students’ scores through our website.  Our automated scoring system will calculate team scores and produce reports including top-scoring teams in each divison and listings of perfect score recipients in each division.  We cannot accept any scores for a particular meet after its Score Submission deadline, so please schedule your meet accordingly.  

If you miss a deadline, you will have to maintain the scores for that meet and manually add them to your submitted scores to calculate cumulative year-end scores for each student.

 

Should I enter only the scores of my top ten students, or scores for every student?

Each team's score for the competition is determined by summing the ten highest individual scores submitted for each meet.  However, since there is no limit to the number of students on each team, we recommend that you submit scores for all your students so that our system can accurately report cumulative year-end scores and determine if any of your students are eligible for special recognition (e.g., Highest Honors, High Honors, Honorable Mention).

 

How can I confirm that my scores have been properly submitted?

Once you enter a score and tab out of the score box, you will see the score appear in a bold, dark blue font (e.g., 14).  This indicates that the score is in our database.  Once you have completed entering all your scores, you can click on "Submit Scores" to complete the process.  If you would like further confirmation that your scores have been submitted correctly, click on "EMAIL RESULTS" at the top of the online form and send of copy of the score report to yourself. Please do not send a copy of the score report to WordMasters.

ELIGIBILITY

I homeschool my student(s).  How can we participate in the WordMasters Challenge™?

You can enroll your homeschooled children the same way public and private schools sign up.  Choose the grade and difficulty level most appropriate for your student(s).   If your “team” is simply an individual child or just a few children, your scores will be recorded and included in recognition of individual performance (when appropriate) rather than the team competition, since team scores are based on a compilation of 10 individual scores.

You will also need to complete, sign and return the Non-School Enrollment Form prior to accessing progam materials online.

 

 

My school does not have a WordMasters Challenge™ program, but I would love for my child to participate.  Is that possible?

Sure, just enroll your child online and list your home contact information.  Under "School Type", choose "Individual".  Your child's scores will be recorded and included in recognition of individual performance (when appropriate) rather than the team competition, since team scores are based on a compilation of 10 individual scores.

You will also need to complete, sign and return the Non-School Enrollment Form prior to accessing progam materials online.

 

Can I combine students from multiple grades to form a team?

We have many schools and organizations that combine students from more than one grade in order to have enough participants to form a complete team (at least ten students).  We allow this grouping, but require that you enroll multi-grade teams in the grade level of the oldest students participating (e.g., fourth and fifth graders combined on a team must compete in Grade 5/Blue Division or Grade 5/Gold Division).

 

Suddenly there’s a love affair with words in my classroom!

– 6th grade teacher from Florida

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