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s a nationwide middle school mathematics competition held in various places in the United States for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade students. The subject matter includes geometry, combinatorics, counting, probability, number theory, and algebra. Cash scholarships are awarded to high-ranking students at the national competition and many universities give scholarships including full tuition to the top finishers at the state level.
Every MATHCOUNTS competition consists of 4 rounds—Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round.
Sprint Round: 40 minutes to solve 30 problems total and no calculators used. It focus on speed and accuracy.
Target Round: Approx. 30 minutes to solve 8 problems total with calculators. It focus on problem solving and mathematical reasoning.
Team Round: 20 minutes to solve 10 problems total with calculators. It focus on problem solving and collaboration.
Countdown Round: Maximum of 45 seconds per problem and no calculators used. It focus on speed and accuracy.
The Competition Series has 4 levels of competition—school, chapter, state and national. Here’s what a typical program year looks like.
Schools register in the fall and work with students during the year. Coaches administer the School Competition, usually in January.
Between 1 and 10 students from each school advance to the local Chapter Competition, which takes place in February.
Top students from each Chapter Competition advance to their State Competition, which takes place in March.
Top 4 individual competitors from each State Competition receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Competition, which takes place in May.
The MathCounts is held in the local schools. Contact your school to find out if they hold the MathCounts test.
The Competition Series has 4 levels of competition—school, chapter, state and national. Each level of competition is comprised of 4 rounds—Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round. Altogether the rounds are designed to take about 3 hours to complete.
- Sprint Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have 40 minutes to complete 30 math problems without a calculator.
- Target Round: focuses on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning. Students receive 4 pairs of problems and have 6 minutes to complete each pair, assuming the use of a calculator.
- Team Round: focuses on problem-solving and collaboration. Students have 20 minutes to complete 10 math problems, assuming the use of a calculator. Only the 4 students on a school’s team can take this round officially.
- Countdown Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have a maximum of 45 seconds per problem without a calculator.
You can contact us at Accel Learning to try out a sample MathCounts test.
The MathCounts contests are held at local schools. So you need to check with your school for registering for the MathCounts.
For more information about the MathCounts, please visit : https://www.mathcounts.org/