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Middle School Contest

Grades 6-8

Coordinator: Kelley Garbero

The registration form, State information and handbook have been updated as of January 28, 2019.

Brookfield has been added as a new site on February 23, 2019.   West Plains has changed their site date to February 23, 2019.   Ballwin's site location has changed from Selvidge Middle to Crestview Middle.

A Missouri student may compete in the State Middle School contest if he or she participates in an middle school qualifying round (either a local contest or the in-school qualifying round) during the school year and does any one of the following:

· Earns at least 50% of the available points on any of the individual tests.

· Scores strictly higher than 80% of the participants in his or her grade on any of the individual tests.

· Participates on a team that scores either at least 50% of the available points or strictly higher than 80% of the other teams on the team test.

In Missouri for the 2018-2019 school year, we will be offering qualifying competitions THROUGHOUT the school year from October to February (not just in March or April as in the past), and students who meet any of the above criteria will qualify for the state competition in April.   Schools may also sign up for the in-school qualifying round by paying the $30 membership fee if they are unable to attend a site in their area due to conflicts or are simply too far from a qualifying contest site.  Middle School entries to the in-school qualifying round must be submitted to mathleague no later than January 15, 2019. 

The Middle School State Competition will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019, earlier than in the past to help prepare students for Mathcounts competitions.   At state, all individuals who qualified individually or through the team event will take all events (Target, Sprint, and Team).  All schools who have students participating at State must be PAID mathleague members for this school year.

If you have 6th graders who may be attending an elementary contest as well, please view the changes in the elementary contest here.


For the qualifying and state competitions, there are two different ways that ties are broken for awards.  If two students tie with the same score in an event (e.g. Target with a score of 30), their Borda scores are compared to see which student answered the more difficult questions.  The student with the lower Borda score would place higher than the other.  To break absolute ties in Sprint or Target at either the Middle or Elementary level, we look at the students' opposing event scores.  Say that Students A, B and C are all tied with a score of 30 on Target, all with the same Borda scores indicating they answered the same 3 questions correct.  We then look at their Sprint scores.  Say Student A has a Sprint score of 60, Student B has a sprint score of 55, and Student C has a sprint score of 50.  Then to break the tie on Target, Student A would be first, Student B would be second, and Student C would be third. 

Any St. Louis area student interested in mathematics (mostly for grades 8-12) is welcome to join the Washington University Math Circle.  They meet on Sunday afternoons and have speakers talk about a different math topic each time.  For 2018-2019, they have changed their format to alternate some contest practice (based upon Missouri ARML) with a typical math circle topic each week.  This is a wonderful way to prepare for contests of all sorts.  Please click  here  for more information!

Special Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow students with special needs to participate.  A request for accommodation of special needs must be directed to local or state coordinators in writing at least three weeks in advance of the local or state competition. This written request should thoroughly explain a student’s special need as well as what the desired accommodation would entail. Many accommodations that are employed in a classroom or teaching environment cannot be implemented in the competition setting.  Accommodations that are not permissible include, but are not limited to, granting a student extra time during any of the competition rounds or allowing a student to use a calculator on non-calculator rounds. Contest coordinators will review the needs of the student and determine if any accommodations will be made.


Websites for Extra Practice Problems & Problem Solving Techniques

  • Mathcounts - For more than just the past year's problems, solutions can be viewed under Archives.  Their handbooks and past tests for purchase have not only problems but techniques for problem solving.
  •  This site allows you to sign up for sample practice problems that will be similar to those on the elementary and middle contests this year.
  • American Mathematics Competition (AMC 8)  This site is perfectly geared to helping the student with problem solving techniques, sample problems as well as forums for students to communicate with each other.

  • Art of Problem Solving  This site has online classes for top math students (grades 6-12) and also has a free online tutorial called Alcumus that adjusts questions to the student's ability.

  • Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools  Click on General Information for Samples and Problems of the Month

  • Continental Mathematics League  Has 2 different levels based upon higher or average reading comprehension and is open to grades 2-9

  • The Math League  For grades 4-12, the League has excellent sample questions as well as lots of books for purchase from past years of contests.

  • AGMath An excellent resource for sample problems at the 8th grade level for algebra and geometry.

  • Kevin Hopkin's Resource Page for Contests and Problems  He has dozens of state and national contest sites (similar to Missouri's) listed as well as whether each has sample problems available.  To open this site, just click on "here" to download the page.

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