After having several conversations, I have concluded that for everyone’s safety with the threat of COVID-19 that the Elon Math Contest for 2022 be cancelled. It has been a very difficult decision for me to make. I hope to see you at future contests ~Jim


When: Cancelled for 2022

Where: OAKS 212 in Caroline D. McCoy Commons  Item 37 on the map (NOTE: This is the same location as the 2013 – 2016 contest location … All student  activity will take place here.)

Address of McCoy Commons

416 N. Williamson Ave.
Elon, NC 27244

Purpose of the 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 ten 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. (please see the state rules for eligibility) 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.  New 2018 – The contest will consist of 25 multiple choice questions and 5 integer answer questions with a time limit of 70 minutes.

A Score for each contestant is computed by:

  • Multiple Choice
    • 4 points for a correct answer
    • 1 point for no answer
    • 0 points for an incorrect answer
  • Integer answer
    • 5 points for correct
    • 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 sends in less than four contestants then a team score will not be computed.

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


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.  It is also the responsibility of the sponsor to make sure each student from their respective school is not left on the Elon campus with no adult supervision.

EACH STUDENT MUST 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 discretion of the contest director.

Schedule of Events

(These are approximate times)

9:30 a.m. – Registration begins (Oaks 212 – Same location as 2014 and 2015!)

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

Common Questions

May a student come to the contest without having a sponsor?

No. A student that shows up to the contest without a proper sponsor will not be allowed to take the exam.

May a student participate in the Elon Contest as an individual and not on a team?

Yes.  ALL students participate as individuals. A team is defined as 4 students that attend the same school (See next question for eligibility). For example, if Elon Elementary School has 3 students participating then Elon Elementary is not eligible for a team award, BUT each student from Elon Elementary is eligible for individual awards.

What is maximum number of students from the same school that can participate in the contest at Elon?

The answer is a perfect number … 6.  (New for 2016 … An additional 6 students may participate but are not eligible for the school team, awards or an invitation to the State Finals.)

Can the Sponsor be a parent?

Yes. However, the parent must be given permission by the school to be the sponsor.

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