Setting Challenges for Your Child

Find out more about setting a Challenge for your child and the options below:





What is a Challenge?

Challenges are a fun way to have your child study a particular skill, or improve their understanding of skills they might be struggling with.


Challenges allow you to set a question target for your child to work towards in a particular subject of Sumdog.


Children are encouraged to participate in challenges by earning bonus coins for their duration. Any question answered in a Challenge will receive an additional coin reward for correct answers, once they reach the set target. 


Correct answer targets can be set by you when creating a Challenge for your child. This target represents the number of questions your child will be required to answer correctly. Once this target is reached, the bonus coins will be earned.


Example: You set a correct answer target of 200 in your Challenge. Once your child has answered 200 questions correctly, they will unlock the 200 bonus coins earned in the challenge. 


There is no maximum number for the correct answer target in a Challenge. It’s up to you how ambitious you want the target to be! You can set it as high, or as low, as you think is appropriate. 


When setting correct answer targets, do consider the activity start date and end date set as part of the Challenge. This will determine how long your child has to answer questions and achieve the target. 

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How do I create a Challenge?

Log onto your parent account and set challenges following the guide below:

Step 1: Click ‘Set Work’.  
Step 2: Click ‘CREATE & VIEW’ in the ‘Challenges’ box.  Screenshot__293_1.png
Step 3: Click ‘Create a challenge’ in the green box at the top.  Screenshot__347_1.png

Step 4: Select the subject you would like the Challenge to focus on, and click ‘Next’.

Note: In this guide we will use Math as an example, but you can tick either Spelling or Grammar (Reading) to create a Challenge for your child on that subject.

Step 5: On this page you will be able to select which child you would like to include. Tick the children you want to add to the Challenge.

You can select multiple children to be included in the same challenge. Don’t worry about the question level, you can set that appropriately in the next steps. 

Click ‘Next’.

Step 6: On this page you will be able to select which skills you would like your child to focus on in the Challenge.

By default, these skills will be chosen by Sumdog. This means that the child will be answering questions at an appropriate level for skills based on their diagnostic test score.

You can choose to select specific skills for your child to work on if you wish to do so. 

Untick the child you wish to personally set the skills for, and click ‘Set Skills’.

Example: In this example we are setting skills for the child Ben Smith.

Step 7: You will now be able to select the skill you would like your child to work on.

We normally recommend selecting at most two skills for each Challenge. Your child will need to complete each skill before they can move onto the next one.

Tick the skill you would like to include. If you would like to explore more details about what this skill includes, or what types of questions it might involve, click on the blue arrow next to the skill. 

Click on the ? next to a step in the particular skill to see a sample of the questions included.

You can also set the Grade/Level and Topic filter on the left in order to filter through skill levels.

Click the blue arrow to drop down through the filter options, and tick next to the filter option you wish to include. 

Click ‘Next’.

Step 8: You will now see that the selected skill has been assigned to your child.

To assign different skills to another child just tick their name and repeat the process outlined in steps 1-7 above.

Click ‘Next’ to move to the next step when ready.

Step 9: The last step will be to set up the Challenge with a name and duration.

Provide your Challenge a custom name which can help you identify it in future if needed.

The ‘Activity starts’ and ‘Activity ends’ sets the period in which the Challenge will be visible on your child’s account. You can set any length of time you see fit.

The ‘Correct answer target’ sets how many correct answers your child will need to achieve to complete the challenge. This is set to default of 250, but can be set higher or lower if desired. 

Click ‘Create’ to create the Challenge.

Step 10: The final page will show you a summary of the Challenge you have created.

Click ‘Done’ to return to your parent dashboard.

Don’t worry if you make an error when setting up the Challenge. You can edit a Challenge after it has been created.

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Can I edit a Challenge once it’s created?

Yes, you can edit an existing Challenge using the guide below:

Step 1: Click ‘Set Work’.  
Step 2: Click ‘CREATE & VIEW’ in the ‘Challenges’ box.  Screenshot__293_1.png
Step 3: Next to the Challenge you would like to edit click ‘edit’.  Screenshot__395_1.png
Step 4: Click ‘Next’. This will scroll through the challenge pages. Keep clicking until you find the page with details you would like to edit.  
You can add or remove a child from the Challenge on the Choose Children Page. Either tick or untick a child and click ‘Next’.  

You can edit the skills your child will be working on, on the Choose Skills Page.

Click on ‘Set skills’ to either add skills or remove a skill.

To add a skill, tick the skill you would like to include.

To remove a previously selected skill, click on the X next to the skills.

Click ‘Next’ to continue to the next page.
If you need to change the start date or end date of a challenge, or the correct answer target, you can do this on the Create Challenge Page.  
Step 4: Click ‘Save’ to confirm the changes.  Screenshot__399_.png

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How can I view the results from a Challenge?

Once you have logged into your parent account you will be able to view the results for a Challenge:

Step 1: Click ‘Set Work’.  
Step 2: Click ‘CREATE & VIEW’ in the Challenges box.  Screenshot__293_1.png
Step 3: Click ‘view’ next to the Challenge you would like to view the results of.  Screenshot__347_13.png
Step 4: Click ‘Show results’.  Screenshot__400_.png

Step 5: A pie chart will be displayed detailing how many children have:

  • Started
  • Completed
  • Not started 

Scroll down and you will be able to view:

  • Questions attempted
  • Questions correct
  • Accuracy
Step 6: Click ‘Done’ to return to your dashboard.

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How can I make sure my child works on the Challenge I created?

On your parent account there is an option to restrict your child to a specific activity. Once you have logged into your parent account:

Step 1: Click ‘Set work’.  
Step 2: Select ‘Live Controls’.  Screenshot__416_1.png
Step 3: Click ‘RESTRICT’ in the Focus Work box.  Screenshot__416_2.png

Step 4: To restrict your child to a Challenge, tick the ‘Challenges and Competitions’ option. 

You can select multiple activities.

Your child will be restricted to the selected activity or activities for one hour.

Step 5: Click ‘Restrict’ to confirm.

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How can my child answer questions on the Challenge?

Once a child is logged into their account, they can participate in a Challenge as follows.

Step 1: Click ‘Task’.  Screenshot__393_11.png
Step 2: Select the Challenge from the activity selection.  Screenshot__422_1.png
Step 3: Click ‘Start’.  Screenshot__424_1.png
Step 4: Select a Sumdog game to play. The questions asked in the game will be based on the skills selected for the Challenge.  Screenshot__425_.png

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Common questions on Challenges


What is the recommended number of skills I should select for a Challenge?

We would recommend you select one, or at most two skills for a Challenge. This is because your child will not be able to move onto the next skill selected until they complete all steps in the previous skill with at least 80% accuracy. 

If you are creating a Challenge with a longer active period, selecting more skills may be more appropriate.


What is the recommended correct answer target I should set for a Challenge?

The correct answer target is set to 250 as default. You can set this number as high or as low as you like, although do take into account the time allocated to complete the Challenge. If you’re setting a target of 10,000 questions in two days, you’re going to have some trouble around bedtime. 

Can I choose which questions will be asked during the Challenge?

You are able to select which topic or skills you would like your child to focus on as part of a Challenge. You are not able to set individual questions however. 


How can I know what questions will be asked or what will be covered under a skill?

To find out how you can view details about what will be covered in a skill, or to view sample questions, you can refer to Step 7 under How do I Create a Challenge?


My child can’t see the Challenge I created

If your child is not able to view a Challenge you have set them, first ensure your child is logging into the correct Sumdog account.


Check the login details that your child is using, and ensure they’re not automatically logging onto an old or inactive account. You can verify a child’s login details using the helpful guide here.

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