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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).
- POWER ROUND: This is a multi-part, proof-oriented round that will test the students' higher-level mathematical reasoning skills. The power round is a team event in which groups of up to six work for one hour to produce a single multi-page answer. Scores for this event will be out of 100. Please note: the power round is a competition event only at State and National Championships in the US. However, one power round will be made available to member schools during the qualifying season that coaches may administer in their own schools. Calculators are allowed on this event.
- TEAM ROUND: This is a ten question, twenty minute test which a team of up to six works on together. Each question will be worth ten points, and the top team round score from each school will contribute to that school's overall point total. Calculators are allowed on this event.
- SPRINT ROUND: In this individual round, 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 will be averaged to calculate that school's sprint round score. If fewer than six 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 round 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.
- RELAY ROUND: For this round students will arrange themselves into teams of up to three. A relay consists of three questions, and each student will receive all three of these questions. The answer to question 1 is plugged in as TNYWR to question 2 in order to solve question 2. This answer is then plugged in as TNYWR to question 3 in order to solve question 3. All three answers are integers in the range [0,99], and all three answers are written on the answer sheet, which is turned in at the end of three minutes. A correct answer for question 1 is worth 2 points; a correct answer for question 2 is worth 3 points; and a correct answer for question 3 is worth 5 points. Thus each team can accumulate up to 10 points on each relay. There will be five relays in the relay round, and the top two teams from a school count toward the school's total. Calculators are NOT allowed on this event.
For purposes of awards, a school's overall score (the "sweepstakes" score) is obtained by adding its scores for each event. There are a maximum of 100 points available in the team round (the score of the highest scoring team from the school), 120 in the sprint round (average of the top six highest scores), 80 in the target round (average of the top six highest scores), and 100 in the relay round (sum of the two highest scoring relay teams from the school), for a total of 400. At the State and US National Championship meets, the power round will be a competition event, so the maximum sweepstakes total will be 500. Ties are broken by comparing Team Round scores (weighted by item analysis), then Power Round scores and then Relay Round scores. If teams are still tied, the sixth highest Target Round scores that contributed to the tied sweepstakes scores will be compared (highest ranking score wins the tie), after which the fifth highest and so on will be compared if necessary. In the event that teams are STILL tied, Sprint Round scores will be compared in the same manner as the Target Round scores. Schools are only eligible for sweepstakes awards if at least two students from the school take each test.