UCMAS (Universal Concepts of Mental Arithmetic Systems) is a world renown mental arithmetic educational program that promotes the development of a child’s brain. UCMAS is the ONLY mental arithmetic program that has been approved by the Cyprus Ministry of Education & Culture. UCMAS began in 1993 by its founder Dr. Dino Wong and it is the largest mental arithmetic program in the world. It is taught in over 6000 educational centres in 80 countries including the USA, Canada, England, Spain, Germany, Russia, Malaysia, India, China, Australia, and Japan. In Cyprus, UCMAS began in 2017 and the American Academy Larnaca Institute (AAI) was one of the first officially registered UCMAS centres. The AAI is one of the few centres in Cyprus that offers the program in English and Greek. The development of the brain is achieved through the various activities of the program. Research has shown that the brain is stimulated by the movement of the fingers and their effect on the mind. UCMAS uses a special abacus. The child uses fingers of both hands to move beads on a special abacus to find the answers to arithmetic exercises involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and square root. One study by the University of Manchester (UK), found that 3185 children ages 7 to 11, exhibited a higher IQ after participating in an intensive UCMAS program for 34 weeks. Research by the University of California San Diego – UCSD (USA) & Massachusetts Institute of Technology – ΜΙΤ (USA) found that 400 children after being trained on UCMAS, developed an advantage in mathematical calculations, becoming more accurate and faster compared to children that did not attend the UCMAS program. UCMAS has different levels. Initially, children learn to do the calculations using a real abacus which is in front of them. As they develop their skills, they are eventually able to do the calculations mentally (using an abacus in their mind) without physically using the real abacus. The ability to do mental calculations without an abacus begins to be seen after the completion of Level 3. You are encouraged to view the videos in our Media Gallery link but also at UCMAS Cyprus www.ucmas.com.cy. You will be surprised with what your child can do after completing the UCMAS program! Note that students who are moving their fingers in the air are at the initial stages of mental arithmetic calculations. For more information call 99928763 and visit https://www.ucmas.com.cy/.
Potential Benefits of UCMAS Education
• Improved memory • Improved listening skills • Improved visualization skills • Better focus and concentration • Ability to multi-task • Higher proficiency in math • Improved self-confidence • Higher overall academic achievement
A child can start UCMAS as long as he or she
is still in elementary (primary) school during which time the brain develops
more and the benefits of the program are maximized. A child can complete the UCMAS program while attending high school but he or
she must start while still in elementary school.
are 5 UCMAS levels.
Level 1 is comprised of one module starting in October and ending in
June. There is one 1-hour lesson per week.
Levels 2 – 5 are each comprised of two modules. Each module lasts
five months: September – January and February – June. There is
one 90-minute lesson
There are 5 UCMAS levels.
1: Foundation (only for children who begin while in Grades 1 or 2)
2: Basic, Elementary A (for children who begin while in Grades 3-6)
3: Elementary B, Intermediate A
4: Intermediate B, Higher A
5: Higher B, Advanced
At the end of each module for all Levels, students must sit and
pass a compulsory exam in order to be able to proceed to the next module. Thus
for Levels 2 – 5 students must pass two exams in an academic year. The exam is
done online at the American Academy. Those who pass the internationally
recognized UCMAS exams receive a Certificate for the particular module that is
sent from Malaysia.
The compulsory exam fee must be paid when a student is registered for
UCMAS. With this payment, students receive their free books for each module.
Students are provided access to online sample exams so that they can practice
at home. There is also an app for smart phones and tablets that students can
use to practice.
Every year, UCMAS
Cyprus organizes a Pancyprian UCMAS competition. Students from all UCMAS
centres in Cyprus participate in this competition which takes place in Nicosia.
The actual date and time of the event is announced during the academic year
along with the registration deadline.
in the competition acquire valuable life experiences, as they learn to deal
with winning but also not winning and become better at handling their emotions.
Research shows that competitions help to increase the performance and success