When: (Tentative) March 11, 2023

Where: Larose Student Commons room 200.  See the map for more information. (Note: This is a NEW location!)

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 a 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. 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 fewer 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 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. (NOT ACTIVE YET!)

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. (NOT ACTIVE YET!)

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 Tiebreaker 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 the 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.

Email Lists

Please send Jim Beuerle an email at jbeuerle@elon.edu to be put on an e-mail contact list. Note: It seems that any person trying to email from a Yahoo! account is having issues with our spam filter. I am not getting messages.