mathleague.org Events, Scoring, and State Meet Qualification
Please note: where the grading or test administration differs for Division B schools, those differences are denoted in parentheses. Any student or Division A team from a mathleague.org member school scoring either (at least 50% of the available points) or (strictly higher than 80% of the participants at their site) on any test or the individual total score at any qualifying meet will be invited to compete in all events in Division A at their state championship and may qualify from state to attend the end-of-year league championship. The 80th percentile rule applies to each grade level separately for individual qualification, and all participants in the mail-in round are considered to be part of the same site. If fewer than 50 students qualify for the state meet in any state, the state meet coordinator may relax these qualification requirements upon receiving mathleague.org approval to do so. State meet coordinators are responsible for determining rules for eligibility to compete at state in Division B, but participants who attend state as Division B participants may not qualify for the league championship.
PLEASE NOTE THAT STARTING WITH THE 2016-2017 SEASON, CALCULATORS ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED ON THE SPRINT ROUND BUT ARE ALLOWED ON THE TARGET ROUND.
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- POWER QUESTION: This is a multi-part, proof-oriented question that will test the students' higher-level mathematical reasoning skills. The power question is a team event in which groups of up to six (or three for Division B schools) work for one hour to produce a single multi-page answer. Scores for this event will be out of 100. Please note: due to time constraints the power question will not be offered as an event at local contests. However, one power question will be made available to member schools as part of the mail-in round that coaches may administer in their own schools. Calculators are allowed on this event.
- TEAM TEST: This is a ten question (five question for Division B schools), twenty minute test which a team of up to six works on together (or three for Division B schools). Each question will be worth ten points (twenty points for Division B schools), and the top team test score from each school will contribute to that school's overall point total. Calculators are allowed on this event.
- SPRINT ROUND: In this individual test, students will have sixty minutes to complete 30 multiple choice questions. Four points will be awarded for each correct answer, with one point deducted for each incorrect answer; no penalty will be assessed for skipping. The top six scores from each school (or three for Division B schools) will be averaged to calculate that school's sprint round score. If fewer than six (or three) students take the test, zeros will be assessed for the leftover slots. This is to encourage schools to bring more students and not limit participation to only the one or two top math students in the school. Calculators are NOT allowed on this event.
- TARGET ROUND: This is an individual event consisting of eight questions, each worth 10 points. Questions will be given out in pairs, and students will have ten minutes to complete each pair. Team scoring procedure is the same as for the sprint round. Calculators are allowed on this event.
- RELAYS: For this event students will arrange themselves into teams of up to three. A relay question consists of three parts, and each student will receive only one of these parts. The first student completes part 1 and passes it to the second person, who must use that answer to solve part 2. This answer is then passed back to the third person, who uses that answer to solve part 3. The third person is the only one to turn in an answer. More detailed information is available here. The third person has a chance to turn in an answer at three minutes, when a correct answer nets 10 points, and at six minutes, when a correct answer receives 5 points. There will be five relay rounds, and the top two teams (or one team for Division B schools) from a school count toward the school's total. The relay score of Division B schools is doubled before being added to the school total, so the relay round is worth 100 points in the overall rankings for both Division A and Division B schools. Calculators are NOT allowed on this event. Note that site coordinators may at their discretion allow students to collaborate on the relay round rather than having each student work on a separate part.
- SWEEPSTAKES: A school's sweepstakes total is computed by adding its scores for each event. There are a maximum of 100 points available in the team test (the score of the highest scoring team from the school), 120 in the sprint round (average of the top six (or three) highest scores), 80 in the target round (average of the top six (or three) highest scores), and 100 in the relays (sum of the two (or one, doubled) highest scoring relay teams from the school), for a total of 400. At the state and league championship meets, the power question will be a competition event, so the maximum sweepstakes total will be 500.
For purposes of awards, an individual's overall score is obtained by adding the student's sprint round score to the target round score. A maximum individual total would be 200 points (120 for sprint, 80 for target). Ties are broken by comparing students' sprint scores, then by comparing target scores (weighted by item analysis).