The 33rd Annual (2011) University of Maryland High School Mathematics Competition

The format:
Part I - 25 multiple choice questions, 75 min; 
Part II - 5 problems, 2 hours.

Part I of the Competition is open to all students enrolled in high schools in Maryland and the District of Columbia. High scores on Part I will qualify to participate in Part II of the Competition. The three participants* earning the highest combined scores on both parts will win $500, $400, and $300, respectively. Among those completing both parts of the competition, the highest scorer* in each county and in Baltimore City and in the District of Columbia will be awarded a prize of $100. (*The fine print: In order to receive a cash award, a student must have a Social Security number or an ITIN (International Taxpayer Identification Number).)
The top three overall scorers** will be offered a scholarship for full tuition and expenses if and when they enroll at the University of Maryland (for non-seniors, this might be a few years from now). (**More fine print: For this year's contest, to receive a scholarship, a student must be a US citizen, national, or permanent resident.)

In addition to a sound knowledge of high school mathematics (up to, but not including, calculus), both parts will require a fair amount of mathematical insight and ingenuity.

The dates for 2011:
Part I, Wednesday, October 19, 1:00 - 3:00; 
Part II, Wednesday, November 30, 1:00 - 3:00.

The competition is usually given at the student's school. For special situations (for example, home-schooled students), contact Harry Tamvakis (mathcomp "at" math.umd.edu). There is no registration fee for the competition. It's free.

Here is a POSTER suitable for tacking to school bulletin boards. (We suggest copying it onto colored paper.)

Registration information:

Students should contact their high school teachers. Teachers who will administer the exam should click here for information on how to register.

Registration deadline: October 9, 2011

(Yes, this deadline has passed, but we will still accept registration emails until just before the test date of October 19.)

Here is the list of schools from which registration emails were received.

Here are the Part I Problems and Solutions.
Results have been emailed to the schools. A total of 2584 students took Part I. The scores ranged from 96 to -44. The median was 22 (out of 100). The cutoff for Part II is 52, and 279 students qualified for Part II.

Part II Problems and Solutions for 2011

Winners are now posted. Congratulations!!

There was 1 perfect score of 150 on Part II. A score of 144 (out of 250) or higher (on Parts I and II combined) was needed to earn Honorable Mention. Results for Part II will be emailed to the schools by mid January.

Photo from the award ceremony on February 25, 2012.

If you have questions or requests, please contact the chair of the competition committee, Professor Harry Tamvakis. e-mail: mathcomp "at" math.umd.edu   tel.: (301)405-5120 fax: (301)314-0827



Old problems:

In 2010, a total of 2439 students took Part I. The scores ranged from 100 to -42. The median was 20 (out of 100). The cutoff for Part II was 50, and 249 students qualified for Part II. A score of 134 (out of 250) or higher (on Parts I and II combined) was needed to earn Honorable Mention. One student achieved a perfect score of 250. In 2009, a total of 2343 students took Part I. The scores ranged from 94 to -50. The median was 28 (out of 100). The cutoff for Part II was 52, and 251 students qualified for Part II. A score of 152 (out of 250) or higher (on Parts I and II combined) was needed to earn Honorable Mention.

Competition rules

Lists of Winners:    1998    1999    2000    2001    2002    2003    2004    2005    2006    2007    2008    2009    2010

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