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High School Math Contests

High School Contests


Here is a list of competitions that are good for students in high schools

Math League High School

Math League sponsors a number of high school contests that are held throughout the school year. Top-scoring students at qualifying meets held throughout the year will be invited to compete at the state and national championship. You have to sign up by yourself to participate in this contest. This contest is not done through your school, but students from same school can form a team (upto 4 students in a team) and compete for sweepstakes award.

AMC 10

The AMC 10 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. The AMC 10 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad (see Invitational Competitions).


AMC 12

The AMC 12 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The AMC 12 is for students in 12th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 12th grade. The AMC 12 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad (see Invitational Competitions).



This stands for American Invitational Mathematics Examination. The students are selected based on their scores in AMC 10 (top 2.5% of students) or AMC12 (top 5% of students). The AIME is a 15 question, 3-hour examination, each answer is an integer number between 0 to 999. The questions on the AIME are much more difficult than those on the AMC 10 and AMC 12 competitions. Based on the AMC10/12 scores and AIME scores, the top students are invited to take the USAJMO or USAMO which are proof based competitions.

Math Kangaroo

Math Kangaroo is a math contest with many puzzles and logic style problems. Many prizes are handed out to top 20 scorers across their state and the nation. You have to sign up at a test center from September to early December. There are  thousands of test centers across USA where you can take this test.

Pi Math Contest (PiMC) Math Contest

AlphaStar Academy organizes an exciting Pi Math Contest (PiMC) which is for students up to 8th grade in two divisions. PiMC is offered online, annually as a single-round individual contest. Top scoring individuals are recognized on the contest page and get winner certificates as well as awards.


Fall Math Meet by NanoMath

An annual, student-run online math competition and event for high school and advanced middle school students. In addition to contest rounds, FMM features activities and talks by notable mathematicians.

Harvest Math Invitational (HMI)

HMI is a unique opportunity for high schoolers to compete in a challenging and fun individual and group contest of mathematical skill.

Shengmeng Math Competition (organized by Cowconuts Math Club)

The competition is divided into two rounds that everyone will take part in: an Individual Round and a team Guts Round. There will also be Tiebreaker Rounds that only some contestants will take part in.


MathCON is a nonprofit national mathematics organization recognized for its annual student math competition for students in grades 4-12, with more than 200,000 participants since 2008.

Purple Comet Math Meet

Team mathematics competition designed for middle and high school students conducted annually since 2003.

American Regions Mathematics League (ARML)

ARML is one of the oldest competitions started in 1976. ARML is open to all middle schools, high schools, and home schooling groups. Each school may field one or more teams of six students. 

Sigma Mathematics Competition

Sigma Mathematics Competition or SMC is a premium math contest hosted by PyCalc and PhiMC that aims to provide high quality problems to gifted students around the world.

MathWorks Modeling Challenge

MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge (M3 Challenge) is a free contest for high school juniors and seniors in the U.S. and sixth form students in England and Wales. The Challenge is entirely Internet-based with no registration or participation fees. Scholarships totaling $100,000 (>£75,000) are awarded annually.

Math Competitions Organized by Colleges and Universities

Harvard MIT Math Tournament (HMMT)

Founded in 1998, HMMT is one of the largest and most prestigious high school competitions in the world. Each tournament draws close to 1000 students from around the globe, including top scorers at national and international olympiads. HMMT is entirely student-organized, by students at Harvard, MIT, and nearby schools, many of whom are HMMT alumni themselves.

Berkeley Math Tournament (BMT)

The Berkeley Math Tournament Group is an organization founded at the University of California-Berkeley. A student run-organization founded in the early 2010's, the Berkeley Math Tournament and Berkeley mini-Math Tournament gather students from the Bay Area and elsewhere to celebrate mathematics and the spirit of mathematical competition.

Stanford Math Tournament (SMT)

The Stanford Math Tournament (SMT) is an annual student-run math competition for high school students held at Stanford University. SMT aims to encourage interest in math by providing students from around the world an opportunity to work on fun and challenging problems and to meet other students interested in math.

Caltech Harvey Mudd Math Competition (CHMMC)

This competition is organized by the students in Caltech and Harvey Mudd College. Top finishers at CHMMC will qualify for the USMCA national championship.

Princeton University Mathematics Competition (PUMaC)

The Princeton University Mathematics Competition (PUMaC) is an annual competition run by the Princeton University Math Club. PUMaC is an entirely student-run competition; Math Club volunteers have organized PUMaC since 2006.

Carnegie Mellon Informatics and Mathematics Competition (CMIMC)

The Carnegie Mellon Informatics and Mathematics Competition (CMIMC) is an annual math and computer science competition held at Carnegie Mellon University by CMU students. 

Math Majors of America Tournament for High Schools (MMATHS)

MMATHS will be held virtually by Columbia University, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and Yale University

Duke Math Meet (DMM)

The Duke Math Meet (DMM) is a regional mathematics competition for high school students held at Duke University each year.  The contest is organized by the members of the Duke University Mathematics Union (DUMU) and is sponsored by the Duke Mathematics Department.

US Math Competition Association (USMCA)

The US Math Competition Association is a collaboration of U.S. college-run math competitions. Their goal is to promote interest in math and give the best math contest experience to all competitors. They organize a USMCA National Championship in May.

Proof Based Math Competitions

USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS)

USAMTS is a free mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students.

As opposed to most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month, or more, to work out their solutions. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem.

Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad (BAMO)

The Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad (BAMO) consists of two exams, each taken by hundreds of students, with 5 proof-type math problems to be solved in 4 hours. One exam is for students in 8th grade and under, and the other for students in 12th grade and under. They are held on the last Wednesday of every February, at schools and several open sites around the Bay Area.

US Ersatz Math Olympiad (USEMO)

The US Ersatz Math Olympiad (USEMO) is a proof-based competition open to all US middle and high school students. Like many competitions, its goals are to develop interest and ability in mathematics (rather than measure it). However, it is one of few proof-based contests open to all US middle and high school students.

USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO/USAMO)

The United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO/USAMO) is the third test in a series of exams used to challenge bright students on the path toward choosing the team that represents the United States at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO).

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The International Mathematical Olympiad is the pinnacle of all high school mathematics competitions and the oldest of all international scientific competitions. Each year, countries from around the world send a team of 6 students to compete in a grueling competition.

Math Competitions only for girls


inteGIRLS Bay Area will be hosting two events: a fall and a spring math competition. Their events are open to all female and female-identifying teens. Both events are free of charge for everyone. All female students, regardless of prior experience, are encouraged to participate!

Math Prize For Girls

This is an invitation only event where the top ~300 girls from US are invited based on their scores in the AMC 10 or AMC 12 competition. The Advantage Testing Foundation Math Prize for Girls is the largest math prize for girls in the world. Each fall at MIT, nearly 300 young female mathematicians compete in our challenging test of mathematical creativity and insight. The Math Prize for Girls awards $50,000 in monetary prizes, including a $25,000 prize for first place.

Lists of Math Contests


You can also find a list of upcoming Math contests at the following links:

AoPS List of High School Math Competitions

AoPS Contests and Programs Forums

Another list of American Mathematics Competitions

Institute of Competition Sciences

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