Mathematics and Computer Science

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many contestants can a school sponsor?

    No more than 10 students from a school may participate in each category (Level 1, Level 2, Level 3). There is no minimum number of students.

  • How many questions are on the test, and are they multiple-choice?

    There are 40 multiple choice questions, each with 5 answer choices.

  • How long do contestants have to take the test?

    45 minutes.

  • What should contestants bring?

    Contestants should bring at least 2 sharpened #2 pencils.Pencils are not provided at the testing site.

    Calculator use is permitted but calculators will not be provided at the site. Graphic calculators can be used, although the test is constructed so that use of these calculators will not provide an advantage over the use of other types of calculators.

  • What about scratch paper?

    Contestants can write in the test booklet to do their work.

  • Should contestants indicate their answers in the test book?

    They may, but it is not required. Answers must be correctly selected on the Scantron answer sheet. Only properly filled-in answers on the answer sheet will be counted.

  • Must students be registered in teams of 4?

    No, contestants will compete as individuals if the number of students a school has registered is not a multiple of 4. Since the maximum number of students allowed from a school in each category is 10, a school may have up to 2 teams competing. A team must have 4 students.

    For example, if a school registers 3 students, they will compete as individuals. If a school registers 8 students, they will compete as 2 teams. A school that registers 10 students will have 2 teams and 2 individuals competing.

  • If contestants are competing as a team, do they also compete as individuals?

    Yes, every student in the contest competes as an individual, and will be scored and may be eligible to compete in the regional finals.

    There is no difference in the testing for contestants competing as individuals and those on teams. All contestants will complete the tests individually. The team score is calculated differently, as explained in the math contest rules here.

 

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