## How hard is MathCounts?

It is no secret that MATHCOUNTS is a difficult event to compete in. There are a limited number of participants that qualify for the National Competition and an even smaller percentage of competitors end up finishing in the top percentile. However, this does not mean that students cannot improve the second time around!

### Is MathCounts easy?

School Competition Students vie for the chance to make their school teams. Problems at this level are generally the easiest and most basic in curriculum.

**What is a good score on MathCounts?**

Coaches and students should view an individual written competition score of 23 (out of a possible 46) as highly commendable.

**How hard is math Olympiad?**

The examination is held over two consecutive days and contestants have four and a half hours to solve three problems per day, which can include geometry, number theory and algebra. You don’t need knowledge of higher mathematics such as calculus, but the questions are designed to be extremely difficult.

## What grade level is MATHCOUNTS?

grades 6-8

Students enrolled in grades 6-8 are eligible to participate in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. Students taking middle school mathematics classes who are not full‑time students in grades 6-8 are not eligible.

### How do you succeed in MATHCOUNTS?

How do you prepare for the competition? And how we can help!

- Set aside time for training.
- Practice, Practice, Practice.
- Sign up for Alcumus on the AoPS website.
- Study Smart.
- Selecting the right level of challenge.
- Know your approach.
- Practice previous year competitions.

**What is the best way to prepare for MATHCOUNTS?**

**How do I get better at MATHCOUNTS?**

General Tips for MathCounts preparation

- Prepare with your friends.
- The earlier you start your preparation, the better it is.
- Try to work for 30-45 minutes 3-4 times a week during school time.
- Do not time yourself the first time you solve a paper.
- Apart from topic knowledge, improve your problem-solving skills.

## How much time do you need for MATHCOUNTS?

On average, students should expect to complete competitions within 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Once a student begins taking the competition (starting with agreeing to the Honor code), the student must complete the Sprint Round (40 minutes) and Target Rounds (4 rounds/6 minutes each).

### How is MathCounts scored?

Team Score Calculated by dividing the sum of the team members’ Individual Scores by 4 (even if the team has fewer than 4 members) and adding twice the number of Team Round questions answered correctly. The highest possible Individual Score is 46.

**What is the countdown round in MathCounts?**

Countdown Round Focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have a maximum of 45 seconds per problem without a calculator. This round is optional at the school, chapter and state level.

**How do you qualify for MATHCOUNTS?**

Only U.S. students in grades 6-8 are eligible to participate in MATHCOUNTS competitions. MATHCOUNTS defines a U.S. student as any student who either (1) attends a school located in a U.S. state or territory or (2) attends an overseas school that is affiliated with the U.S. Departments of Defense or State.

## How do I study for mathcounts?

### What is the hardest math question in history?

The longest-standing unresolved problem in the world was Fermat’s Last Theorem, which remained unproven for 365 years. The “conjecture” (or proposal) was established by Pierre de Fermat in 1937, who famously wrote in the margin of his book that he had proof, but just didn’t have the space to put in the detail.

**How do you do well on MATHCOUNTS?**

**Who won MATHCOUNTS 2020?**

2020 Competition Results

Countdown Round Winners: | |
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1 | Daniel Ma (Friends Seminary School) |

2 | Jake Rosenberg (The Speyer Legacy School) |

3 | Lucas Chen (The Dalton School) |

4 | Charlie Hammack (The Speyer Legacy School) |

## How do I study for MathCounts?

### What are mathcounts math problems?

Mathcounts problems are challenging yet also fun. They aim to test your problem-solving skills, not just your knowledge and memorization of math rules. Take, for example, this sample problem: “Carla is mixing cherry, grape, and lime candies in a bowl. Since her favorite flavor is cherry, she wants 2/5 of the candies to be cherry.

**What are Mathcounts Minis?**

Art of Problem Solving’s Richard Rusczyk, a MATHCOUNTS alumnus, has been creating MATHCOUNTS Minis videos for more than a decade! Minis provide detailed explanations for MATHCOUNTS problems and their associated math concepts, plus include activity sheets.

**Why should I purchase Mathcounts materials?**

We sell resources to help cover the cost of the free materials and programs we provide, so purchasing MATHCOUNTS materials helps support the work we do! If you purchased a competition book through our online store, there may be step-by-step solutions available.

## Why compete in Mathcounts competitions?

You can compete no matter how good (or bad) you might think you are at math. The goal of the Mathcounts competitions is to improve students’ feelings about math and to improve their problem-solving abilities. More than 250,000 students each year are involved with Mathcounts programs and offerings.