Math competitions provide a variety of benefits for students of all ages. For younger students, taking competitive, timed tests is great practice for the standardized college-entrance tests they will inevitably take in high school. They are an excellent skill building opportunity that can help students enhance their time management and stress management skills.
Regular successful participation in mathematical competitions from an early age can also be a boon for future college applications. Colleges love to see what a student is passionate about and skilled in.
We encourage our students to participate in a few national and international competitions, including:
The Math Kangaroo
An international competition across over 40 countries that is open to students grades 1 - 12, the Math Kangaroo is a great way for younger students to get introduced to the world of mathematical competition. It takes place every year on the third Thursday in March. Today, millions of students throughout the world take the test every year. The competition offers 24 problems to be solved within 75 minutes for grades 1-5 and 30 questions for students in grades 5 and up. Each participant receives a competition booklet, a t-shirt, and certificate of participation. This year’s competition will be held on March 17th, 2016. For more information and to register, visit mathkangaroo.org.
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
The CTY uses the SAT I Math test amongst 7th and 8th graders to identify uniquely talented students. The results are not sent to colleges and the test is a great opportunity to prepare for a required exam. We encourage our students to take this exam on January 23rd. More information can be found here: cty.jhu.edu/. To register please visit this link.
American Mathematics Contest (AMC 8)
The American Mathematics Contest (AMC 8) is a challenging national competition that also serves as a qualifying examination for further national competitions. These tests are administered by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). According to the MAA, the AMC 8 is designed to challenge students and to offer problem-solving experiences beyond those provided in most junior high school mathematics classes. Registration for this year’s test is now closed. For more info: http://www.maa.org/
In keeping with the rich tradition and prestige surrounding Olympiad competitions, RSM held its first-annual mathematical Olympiad in 2014. Nearly 2,000 students participated in this event! The RSM Olympiad was designed by a team of math professionals in the spirit of traditional international math competitions. It features challenging non-routine problems that promote a deeper level of thinking. Open to novice and veteran competitors in Grades 2 through 9, the competition offers participants a chance to demonstrate their mathematical ingenuity and creative problem solving abilities.
An official announcement with registration information will be sent out in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!