National Student Mathematics League Annual Competition 2017 - 2018
It's time for the Student Mathematics League Competition!
To participate, follow these steps:
1. Register online
: Click here to fill out the online registration form. It should be submitted online by Thursday, March 1st, 2018.
2. Practice information
: Click here for information on how to study for the test, including free practice sessions and tests from previous years with answer keys.
3. Take the test
: Click here for information about the test date, time and location; what to bring and what to expect on the test date.
4. Win prizes:
- Cash award (or scholarship)
- Certificate of Merit
- Graphing calculators
Eligibility Requirements to receive a graphing calculator
To be a round winner, each participant must:
- be enrolled in at least one course for credit (not necessarily mathematics) at Glendale Community College during the semester in which the exam is administered.
- have not previously won a calculator this school year from GCC, and
- have completed the competition registration form online.
Eligibility Requirements to Receive a Cash Award or Scholarship
To be eligible for a scholarship, each participant must:
- compete in both rounds, and
- not have earned any two-year college (post-secondary) or higher degree prior to April 2018 (both part-time students and full-time students are eligible), and
- be enrolled in at least three credits (not necessarily mathematics) at Glendale Community College during the Fall and Spring Semesters during which the exam is administered.
In the event of a tie, the scholarship will be divided evenly. A student may not receive more than two National Student Mathematics League Scholarships.
National Eligibility Requirements to Win the Grand Prize
The national grand prize for the qualified individual with the highest total score on both rounds is a $3000 scholarship to be used to continue his or her education at an accredited four-year institution. In case of a tie for the grand prize, the scholarship will be divided evenly. To qualify for the grand prize, an individual must satisfy the general eligibility requirements, and must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of community college coursework by the end of the academic term in which round two is given.
Students enrolled in a four-year institution or in high school at the time of the competition are not eligible for the grand prize. Previous recipients of a grand prize are not eligible for the current grand prize. Official transcripts and a letter, signed by the student and local moderator certifying eligibility, will be required in order to award the prize. The scholarship must be used within two years of its award at the AMATYC convention in November of each year; if it is not, two scholarships will be awarded in the next year's competition.
The next nine highest ranking individuals will receive appropriate prizes of a mathematical nature, as will the five highest ranking members of the team with the highest total score of its top five students on each round. The five highest ranking teams will receive plaques at the following year's AMATYC annual conference. In addition, certificates of merit will be awarded to the top five individuals from each participating school. Prizes, plaques, and certificates are sponsored by the AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL ASSOCIATION OF TWO-YEAR COLLEGES (AMATYC).
Register today to take part in this year's competition. The competition consists of two one-hour exams. The first exam is given during fall semester and the second is given during spring semester. Students may take one or both of the exams. Each exam consists of 20 questions, which are primarily multiple choice. The level of all questions is precalculus mathematics (college algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and probability). For each exam, a perfect score would be 40 points, but achieving a score in the 15-20 range is considered to be a good result. Exams are scored in a manner that discourages guessing - wrong answers count negatively on your final score. Students taking part in the competition should not necessarily expect to answer all of the questions on the exam in the allowed hour. This year's prizes, including scholarships and graphing calculators, will be awarded to top performers at GCC. The awards are as follows:
First Place (after both rounds) - $500 scholarship
Second Place (after both rounds) - $300 scholarship
Third Place (after both rounds) - $200 scholarship
In addition, First Place Winner in each round will win a graphing calculator, provided you have not won one before from GCC.
To compete, you must be a GCC student enrolled in at least one class. To win a scholarship you must take both rounds. Once you win a calculator, you cannot win another one, but you are still eligible for the scholarships. If you missed round one, you can still participate in round two.