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The University of South Carolina hosts a High School Mathematics Contest in the spring
semester every year (usually in January or February). All South Carolina high schools
are cordially invited to participate. The 34th High School Mathematics Contest was
held on Saturday, January 25th, 2020.
The UofSC Annual High School Math Contest
Since 1986, the Department of Mathematics of the University of South Carolina has
been inviting all interested high schools in South Carolina to our exciting events.
Our goal is to stimulate interest in mathematics among high school students and to
recognize those who exhibit exceptional talent.
The main event is a 90-minute multiple-choice exam with 30 questions—the Individual
Test. The top 16 scorers of this test receive a medal, and participate in an Elimination
Tournament. The top two at this tournament receive a plaque.
For team awards, schools are separated into three divisions. The division assigned
to a school is based on the results from the previous three contests. Any school
without a presence in any of the last three contests is placed by default in the third
Schools participate as a team in our Team Round: a 60-minute open-answer exam with
15-questions. The score in this event is added to the average of the top 3 participants
in the Morning Exam.
The top scorer of the Morning Exam receives a medal, a plaque, and $400 cash prize.
The participant obtaining the second place in the Morning Exam received a medal, a
plaque, and $200 cash prize.
The participant in third placed obtains a medal, and $100 cash prize.
Participants in places fourth to sixth receive a medal and $50 cash prize
For team awards, schools are separated into three divisions. The top three schools
from each division receive trophies.
Different statistics about the results of all of our different tournaments will be
posted online. If you require any additional computation, please let us know.
Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.