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Department of Mathematics

32nd HSMC Contest Overview


Registration (8:00am - 9:15 A.M.): 

Registration in the lobby of Gambrell Hall (map at

Written Exam (9:30 A.M.- 11:00 A.M.):

The written exam consists of 30 multiple choice questions. Each question is followed by answers marked abcd, and e. Only one of these is the correct answer. A student gets 5 points for each correct answer, 1 point for each blank answer, and 0 points for each incorrect answer. No calculators are allowed! Students should be seated by 9:45 A.M.

Solutions for Teachers (9:45 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.):

While the students are working on the written exam, a presentation of its solutions will be given to the teachers.

 Lunch (11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.):

On campus, Russell House (corner of Greene and Bull) provides several options

 Scavenger Hunt! (12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.):

Team Round (1:15 P.M.-2:15 P.M.):

In Gambrell Hall (Classrooms assigned on the day of the contest), Teams of at least six members (possibly from different schools) may participate. 

Single Elimination Tournament (2:30 P.M.- 3:15 P.M.):

The top 8 scorers from the written exam will be paired at random for a single elimination tournament. Students must be able to answer questions quickly, correctly, and before the other student beats them to a correct answer! There are only 45 seconds per question and students can only give one answer. When one member of a pair gives a correct answer first, the other is eliminated from the tournament. This is altered slightly during the final round, when only two students are left. Here the first student to win two problems becomes the winner of the tournament. Medals are awarded to all tournament participants. Plaques are awarded to the winner and runner-up.

Awards Ceremony (3:30 P.M.- 4:00 P.M.):

Invited speakers will say a few words and then all awards will be presented. Door prizes will be given away to throughout the afternoon. You must be present to win. Some prizes will be for students, others for schools.