Middle School Contests
Here is a list of competitions that are good for students in middle schools
(Division M for middle schools) Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle School is a contest that has 5 challenging word problems. There are 5 tests in a year (Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb, March). Contestants are given 30 minutes to solve as many problems as they can. The awards are given based on cumulative scores for all 5 contests. You can request your school or teacher to sign up for the contest.
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.
The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a semiannual problem solving contest for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math.
CML has been offering math competitions since 1980. These contests are organized through schools.
Math League sponsors a number of middle school contests that are held throughout the school year. The contests are structured in such a way that students will find the tests good preparation for the MathCounts Chapter and State competitions to be held in the spring. 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.
The Math League Contests are designed to build student interest and confidence in mathematics through solving worthwhile problems.
A national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests. You participate through your school.
The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. Most middle schools have students taking the AMC 8 directly in the schools however some schools may not do this. If you are in one of these schools or you are in less than 6th grade, the AMC 8 can be taken at many other places such as Alphastar Academy, Stanford Math Circle, StarLeague, SpringLight Education, etc. Some middle schools also allow outside students, so you can also email the Math teachers in the middle school of your area.
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).
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.
NSF Math Bee is a nation-wide competition among the children of Indian American community. It is aimed at nurturing mathematical skills among children attending grades 1 thru 8, in a challenging environment.
"Alpha Math Contest – Fermat" is a two-round math contest for middle school students (up to 8th grade). First round can be taken at different centers in January. Top students will be invited to the Final Round in Spring to Bay Area, California. You have to sign up by yourself to participate in this contest.
The International Math Contest is a 30-minute Online Challenge based on leading math curricula from across the world. Participation in the challenge is FREE.
The Exeter Math Club Competition is a middle-school mathematics competition held annually at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire. EMCC provides middle schoolers a event where they can join like-minded peers from a mathematical community spanning the globe.
Trinity School Math Team's mission is to provide all enthusiastic mathematicians from across the world with the opportunity to explore the field to its fullest extent.
The Acton-Boxborough Math Competition (ABMC) is a competition designed for middle school students across MA. They accept teams of 2-4 students as well as individual competitors.
The Math Open At Andover is an annual mathematics competition for middle schoolers, hosted by Phillips Academy Andover in Andover, Massachusetts.
At TheCALT, we offer fun problems that you will enjoy solving. It is completely free, but prizes will be offered! Although signups have closed, make sure to check in next year!
The Evergreen Valley Math Tournament, or EVMT, is a math contest for local elementary and middle schools students from 5th to 8th grade. Their mission is to help younger students become interested in math by providing a fun, educational, and competitive experience. They hope that through this contest, students will see that math is a subject that involves a lot of creativity and ingenuity, not repetition and memorization. Furthermore, they hope that students will be able to meet new acquaintances and find a community of their peers who also like mathematics. You have to sign up by yourself to participate in this contest.
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.
This tournament is an entirely free online math tournament for students in grades 8 and below. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to engage in a practice test with Halloween themed questions for 40 minutes, participate in fun math activities and games, and finish it off with an awards ceremony!
The MPTF Math Competition Writing Committee is formed a group of friends who are in the SFBA area and share a passion and interest for math. Brian and Kevin are the current leads for this competition, and together, MPTF creates a central tutoring and competition creating program for the community.
HMI is a unique opportunity for high schoolers to compete in a challenging and fun individual and group contest of mathematical skill.
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.
A competition with the purpose of igniting a passion for mathematics from a young age, held in September every year in the Bay Area. You have to sign up by yourself to participate in this contest.
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.
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.
Math Competitions Organized by Colleges and Universities
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.
The Berkeley Math Tournament is an organization that aims to spread mathematics and the spirit of mathematical competition throughout the Bay Area by presenting students with interesting, hand-crafted problems. BmMT is a contest only for middle school students.
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. BMT is a contest for high school students, but middle school students are allowed to participate.
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. SMT only allows high school students to participate.
This competition is organized by the students in Caltech and Harvey Mudd College. Top finishers at CHMMC will qualify for the USMCA national championship.
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.
The Carnegie Mellon Informatics and Mathematics Competition (CMIMC) is an annual math and computer science competition held at Carnegie Mellon University by CMU students.
MMATHS will be held virtually by Columbia University, University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and Yale University
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Lists of Math Contests
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Math Competitions only for girls
Girls' Adventures in Math (GAIM) is a themed math competition for upper elementary and middle school girls, complete with resources and strategy-based games.
The All Girls Math Online Tournament is an annual, multi-round online math competition for girls in grades 3 - 8 aimed to nurture girls’ passion for mathematics and inspire an interest in math.
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!
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.