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High School Math Contest

Rules, Procedures, and Other Instructions:

  1. A $15 nonrefundable registration fee will be charged for each student and sponsor. Everyone will receive break food, contest shirts and lunch. The registration fee can be paid in advance via check per the directions on the registration confirmation page; or may be paid on the day of the contest at the registration table via cash or check.

  2. The typical itinerary for the math contest will be morning registration, a STEM talk or demonstration, testing for the contest, lunch, an afternoon STEM activity, all followed by an awards ceremony.

  3. There are two levels of competition: the Level 1 competition is open only to students who have taken, or are presently taking Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Algebra II or Geometry; the Level 2 competition is open only to students who have taken, or are presently taking, a course beyond Algebra II, such as Algebra III, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus.

  4. Schools competing in the contest are divided by size. The South Carolina High School League sports divisions are used to place schools according to their sizes. The Large School division consists of 5A, 4A and 3A teams while the Small School division consists of 2A and 1A teams.

  5. A maximum of six (6) students is considered a team for either level. Any student over the team number may participate in the day's activities, but will not have scores eligible for competition (with the exception of 2 additional Horry County seniors being allowed to compete solely for the CCU scholarship award). There can be no more than a team per school per level. 

  6. The competition on each level will be based on a written, objective, multiple choice examination in mathematics. The questions for the Level I competition will be taken from topics in Algebra I and II, and Geometry. Level II questions will be taken from topics in Algebra, Geometry, Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry. Several tie-breaker questions will be included on each examination.

  7. Participants will be allowed 50 minutes to complete the math contest examination.

  8. Calculators may NOT be used on the exams.

  9. The school team score for either Level competition will be computed by summing the top 3 student scores on the team. The tie-breaker questions noted above may be used to break team ties as well.

  10. The school overall score will be computed by summing the scores for the school's Level I and Level II teams. The tie-breaker questions noted above may be used to break school ties as well.

  11. The Horry County senior scoring highest on the Level II exam will be contacted after the contest to confirm eligibility criteria for the CCU Math Contest Scholarship award. (Eligibility details can be found on the Awards page.)

More Information

Mary Wilkerson
Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Coastal Carolina University
Smith Science 207A