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USA Mathematical Talent Search

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The USA Mathematical Talent Search (USAMTS) is a free mathematics competition open to all United States middle and high school students.

As opposed to most mathematics competitions, the USAMTS allows students a full month to work out their solutions. Carefully written justifications are required for each problem. The problems range in difficulty from being within the reach of most high school students to challenging the best students in the nation. Students may use any materials - books, calculators, computers - but all the work must be their own. The USAMTS is run on the honor system - it is an individual competition, whose competitive role is very secondary. (Although we do give prizes.)

Student solutions to the USAMTS problems are graded by mathematicians and comments are returned to the students. Our goal is to help all students:

  • develop problem solving skills,
  • improve their technical writing abilities,
  • and mature mathematically.

***You will need to register in order to compete.

Remember to fully justify all your answers - don't just send numerical answers. 

Round 1 Submission Deadline: Mid-October yearly

Web deadline: 8 PM Eastern / 5 PM Pacific on the due date 
Mail deadline: Postmarked on or before the due date

Round 2 Submission Deadline: usually end of November 

Round 3 Submission Deadline: usually beginning of January