High School Math Contest

When: April 11, 2015 (updated 10/9/14)

Deadline for School Registration: April 9, 2015 (Updated 10/9/14) 

Where: OAKS 212 in Caroline D. McCoy Commons  Item 37 on the  map (NOTE: This is the same location as the 2013 contest  ... All student  activity will take place here.) (Updated 1/27/2013)

Purpose of Contest

  • To stimulate interest in mathematics.
  • To provide recognition of outstanding mathematics students and outstanding mathematics teachers.
  • To provide a congenial atmosphere in which to learn of other ideas and methods of teaching and learning mathematics.
  • To have a fun and rewarding experience.


  • Certificates will be presented to the top scorer on each team.
  • Certificates of special merit will be presented to all contestants qualifying for the NCCTM state contest (top 8% of all participants with a minimum of eleven persons). This has changed since last year.
  • Plaques will be presented to the three (3) top scoring individuals.
  • Plaques and certificates will be presented to the three (3) top scoring teams. A team is defined as group of at least 4 but no more than 6 students from the same accredited North Carolina school. There may not be more than 6 competitors for any one school.

 You do NOT need to be part of a team to compete, but you must represent an officially sanctioned NC school.

The highest qualifying individuals are eligible for an academic scholarship at Elon University. It is hoped that the certificates of merit could be officially presented to each student on an awards day at his/her school.

The Test

The test will be a Comprehensive Test. It will cover high school mathematics topics, mathematical aptitude and general reasoning skills. No question that can be solved only by calculus will be included in the test. It will be a multiple-choice test of 35 (or 30) questions with a time limit of 70 minutes.

A Score for each contestant is computed by:

4 points for a correct answer
1 point for no answer
0 points for an incorrect answer

A team score is computed by adding the scores of the highest 4 individual scores from each school.   However, if a school may sends in less than four contestents then a team score will not be computed.

A sequence of tie-breaker questions will be established to eliminate any ties that may occur.

Click here to see previous contest exams.


Contestants will be NOT be permitted to use any calculator.


A fee of $10 will be charged for each sponsor and each contestant attending the contest. The fee will cover the costs of the noon meal, printing expenses, and awards for the winners. It is recommended that contest supervisors seek payment of these fees from general school funds.  Note: all contestants must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration Forms

A  SPONSOR form for each school MUST be completed in order for any student from that school to compete in the contest. The sponsor that fills out the form does not have to be the one the accompanies the students to the contest.  PLEASE make sure only one sponsor form is completed per school per year.  A sponsor must have the authority to represent the school.   

Mathematics Contest Registration Form for SPONSORS

STUDENTS should complete the form below prior to coming to the contest.  Students that do not register in advance may be denied entrance to the exam room.  This is at the dicression of the contest director.

Mathematics Contest Registration Form for STUDENTS

Schedule of Events

9:30 a.m. - Registration begins (Oaks 212 - Same location as 2013 and 2014!)

10:10 a.m. - Opening Assembly

10:30 a.m. - Test Administration/Sponsor reception/program

12:00 p.m. - Lunch

1:00 p.m. - Math Sprints Competition

1:50 p.m. - If needed Tie breaker match followed by the Awards Assembly


Since it is Saturday, you may park anywhere on campus you wish.  Suggestion - Park in the Oaks commons.

State Contest Rules

Email Lists

Please send Jim Beuerle an email at jbeuerle@elon.edu to be put on an e-mail contact list.  Note:  It seems tha anyperson trying to email from a Yahoo! account is having issues with our spam filter.