A national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests.

Levels of Competition

There are 4 levels in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series: school, chapter (local), state and national. Competition questions are written for students in grades 6-8. The competitions can be quite challenging, particularly for students who have not been coached using MATHCOUNTS materials. All competition materials are prepared by the national office.

Competition Components

At the Chapter, State and National Competitions, competitors will take the Sprint and Target Rounds, which are designed to be completed in approximately 70-80 minutes. At the National level, students will also take the Team and Countdown Rounds. The Team Round will be optional at the Chapter and State levels.

Scoring and Advancement

MATHCOUNTS Competition Series scores do not conform to traditional grading scales. Coaches and students should view an Individual Score of 23 (out of a possible 46) as highly commendable.

Results Distribution

Students and coaches should expect to receive the scores online within 1 week of their competition at the chapter level. Coaches should expect to receive the scores of their students, as well as a list of the top 25% of students and top 40% of teams, from their state coordinator for the State Competition. Both the problems and answers from Chapter and State Competitions will be posted on the MATHCOUNTS website following the completion of all competitions at that level nationwide, replacing the previous year’s posted tests.


Student competition papers and answers will not be viewed by or distributed to coaches, parents, students or other individuals. Students’ competition papers become the confidential property of MATHCOUNTS.

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