The 39th Annual (2017) 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 2017:
Part I, Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 pm; 
Part II, Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

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

Here is a POSTER suitable for tacking to school bulletin boards.

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 15, 2017

Yes, this deadline has passed, but we will still accept registration emails until just before the test date of October 25.

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

Part I contest materials were emailed on Friday, October 20. If you have not received them, please message Dr. Ebrahimian at ASAP.

If you have questions or requests, please contact the chair of the competition committee, Dr. Ebrahimian. e-mail: mathcomp "at"   tel.: (301)405-5154 fax: (301)314-0827.

Old problems:

In 2016 a total of 1913 students took Part I. The scores ranged from -38 to 100. The median was 16 (out of 100). The cutoff for Part II is 46, and 224 students qualified for Part II. A score of 133 (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    2011    2012    2013    2014

Other Links of Interest to Contestants