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Math Links & Resources: Math Contests
for Students
resources & links Teachers Network Math

Math Contests
for Students

  1. AHSME - American High School Math Exam
  2. AIME - American Invitational Math Exam. This exam is an intermediate exam between the AHSME and the USAMO. Students who score well on the AHSME are invited to take this exam. The exam covers high school math up to and including pre-calculus. Students have 3 hours to answer 15 questions.
  3. AMC ->8 - Any student that is officially enrolled in Junior High School grade 8, or below, and is taking at least one course; and Home School students (14 or under) can participate in this exam.
  4. ARML - American Regions Math League. ARML is a nationwide competition open to high school aged (or younger) students. Teams of 15 students compete in 4 rounds -- Team, Individual, Power Question, and Relay. The problems require algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. The competition occurs the weekend after Labor Day at three sites around the country.
    For more information contact:
  5. Algebra Problem of the Week - Calendar
  6. Calculus Problem of the Week Schedule - from the Math Forum
  7. Continental Mathematics League - Exams are given for students in grades 2 - 9 and calculus. Additional competitions are held for C++ and PASCAL programming. Students should have an above-average reading and analytical reasoning ability and at least average computational ability. For students in: Grades 2 and 3, there are three 30-minute exams per year with 6 questions per exam. Grades 4 - 9, there are five 30-minute exams per year with 6 questions per exam. Calculus, there are four 40-minute exams per year with 8 questions per exam.For more information contact:
      Director, Continental Mathematics League
      P.O. Box 2196
      St. James, NY 11780 - 0605
  8. Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program - The Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program challenges students to use creativity and imagination along with science, technology, and mechanical ability to invent or modify a tool. This competition began in 1996.
  9. Discrete Math Problem of the Week - calendar
  10. Elementary Problem of the Week - Calendar
  11. Geometry Problem of the Week - Calendar
  12. Intel Science Talent Search -This prestigious competition is open to all high school seniors in the U.S. To enter, students must submit a research project in math, science, or engineering. For more information contact:
      Science Service
      1719 N Street, NW
      Washington, DC 20036
      phone: 202/785-2255
      fax: 202/785-1243
      Please address inquiries to webmaster@sciserv.org
  13. Internet Math Challenge - University of Idaho math challenge
  14. Lucent's Technology Challenge - Lucent's Technology Challenge is a program that encourages innovation and ingenuity in students. Students must create or enhance an existing device that improves communications between people, between technologies, or between people and technologies. The competition rewards imagination, ingenuity, and technology ability. 2000 is the inaugural year of this annual competition.
  15. Mandelbrot Greater Testing Concepts - the contest is to introduce high school students of all ability levels to accessible new topics in mathematics while providing stimulating, challenging problems to stretch the best students in the country. The team test portion of the contest, which emphasizes mathematical writing skills and effective group work, sets the Mandelbrot Competition apart as a truly educational contest.
  16. Mandelbrot Midlevels Competition for middle school - The topics covered in the Competition are similar to those covered in MathCounts, such as arithmetic, counting techniques, elementary algebra, and geometry.
  17. MATHCOUNTS - an annual competition for 7th and 8th grade students. Teams of four students compete in local competitions. Those who do best progress to the state competition. Those who do best at the state championships progress to the national finals. This site also features a Problem of the Week
  18. Mathfax - This contest for 4th graders through high school students started in the fall of 1996 with 20 schools and has quickly grown to approximately 1300 schools. Although there are many good, professional math competitions available to schools, Mathfax was created for one primary purpose: to sharpen the participating students test taking math skills that are needed to do well on college entrance exams. According to the 1998-1999 survey, 96.6% of the participating schools believe the competition is helping their students test taking skills!
  19. Math League - The Math League has math contests for students in the United States and Canada in grades 4 - 12. The goal is for students to develop an interest in mathematics through solving worthwhile problems.
    For more information contact:
      Director, Math League
      P.O. Box 720
      Tenafly, NJ 07670
      phone: (201)568-6328

  20. MathSurf's Problem of the Day - for grades 1-6
  21. MathWorld Interactive Challenges - challenges for K-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12 grades
  22. Mathematics Problem of the Week Contest Page - 6 contests sponsored by Casio Educational Products <
  23. Middle School Problem of the Week = calendar
  24. NML - National Mathematics League The competition has 7 divisions: 6th Grade, PreAlgebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, and Calculus. The exams have 6 questions that students have 30 minutes to complete. There are 5 exams each year and students must work individually.
    For more information contact:
      Director, National Mathematics League
      P.O. Box 9459
      Coral Springs, FL 33075

  25. Redwood Empire Mathematics Tournament - Junior and senior high schools are invited to select participants from the seventh through twelfth grades. The selection of participants from each school is based on criteria determined by that school. Form more information contact:
      Jeff Haag
      Department of Mathematics
      Humboldt State University
      Arcata, CA 95521
  26. Rice Mathematics Tournament - The Rice University Mathematics Tournament is an annual event for high school students and teams from schools in the Texas/Louisiana area. Next year's tournament is tentatively scheduled to be held on February 24, 2001 (this date is subject to change). We will hopefully be teaming up with Harvard, MIT and Stanford, to provide three locations where similar tests will be offered.
  27. Solid Geometry Contest
  28. Southwest Missouri State's Problem Corner - Problems for High School, Advanced Problems, and Challenge Problems
  29. Soviet-Union Mathematical competitions - problems (1961-1986)
  30. Toshiba ExploraVision Awards for grades K-12 - a ‘hands-on/minds-on’ project. It permits students to think of themselves as investigators. They learn new ways to approach problems.
  31. Trig and Calculus Problem of the Week - calendar
  32. USAMO - USA Mathematics Olympiad. This competition was developed as a means of discovering, challenging, and encouraging outstanding high school mathematics students. There are 5 questions in the 3.5 hour long test. The questions are essay/proof format and require math up to and including pre-calculus. Approximately 150 of the top scorers on the AHSME/AIME exams (based on a weighted average) will be invited to take this test.
  33. University of South Carolina High School Math Contests - The Department of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina hosts an annual mathematics competition for South Carolina high school students. The goal is to stimulate interest in mathematics among high school students and to recognize those who exhibit exceptional talent.

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Nancy Powell is a Web Mentor for the Teachers Network and the Lead Teacher of the Mathematics Department at Bloomington High School in Bloomington, IL
For more information or comments about these math pages, contact
Nancy Powell at npowell@bhs-ms.org


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