MATHCOUNTS is back for 2021 with a new — and temporary — series of competitions.

The Competition Series in a Nutshell
The Competition Series typically has 4 levels of competition — school, chapter, state and national. However, this year the 2020-2021 Competition Series will have four unofficial online practice competitions followed by four levels of official competition.

The four levels of official competitions are:

  • Chapter
  • Chapter Invitational
  • State
  • National

The competition comprises four rounds:

  • Sprint
  • Target
  • Team
  • Countdown Round

However, Team and Countdown Rounds will not be conducted officially in the 2020-2021 Competition Series until the national level. Here’s what each round looks like:

Sprint Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have 40 minutes to complete 30 math problems without a calculator.

Target Round: focuses on problem-solving and mathematical reasoning. Students receive 4 pairs of problems and have 6 minutes to complete each pair, assuming the use of a calculator.

Team Round: focuses on problem-solving and collaboration. Students have 20 minutes to complete 10 math problems, assuming the use of a calculator. Only the 4 students on a school’s team can take this round officially. National level only for 2020-2021. The online practice competitions will have team rounds.

Countdown Round: focuses on speed and accuracy. Students have a maximum of 45 seconds per problem without a calculator. This round is optional at the school, chapter and state level. National level only for 2020-2021.

Download a PDF of the new schedule below.