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Department of Mathematics

General Information

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 division. 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. 

Individual Awards

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

Team Awards

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.










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