The US Mathematical Talent Search completed its third and final round for the 2019 to 2020 year. This math competition is open to all middle school and high school competitions. Unlike many other math competitions, the US Mathematical Talent Search takes over the span over many months in which competitors take home a problem for an entire month to work on. The solutions must have a thoroughly written justification in order to get full points.
The problems at the US Mathematical Talent Search range from moderately difficult to challenging, with some of the nation’s most promising mathematicians participating. Students can use any type of material, including books, calculators and computers but their work must not be plagiarized or done by another person. It is an individual competition and academic honesty is taken very seriously with an honor system in place.
Ultimately, the competition aims to foster problem solving skills, critical thinking, technical writing, creativity and academic ingenuity. While there are prizes and awards available, the ultimate goal of the competition is those written above. One such prize includes books and software. There are also intangible prizes – high scorers may be invited to take the American Invitationals Mathematics Examination (AIME), which is a test that selects for the USA Mathematical Olympiad Team.
The cut-off scores for each round varies on the round results. The first round, which ended on Oct. 15 released the names of the top scorers who received 25 out of 25 points, 24 out of 25 points or 23 out of 25 points. The second and third rounds, which took place on Dec. 2 and Jan. 6 respectively, have not yet released scores or solutions.
Students must be citizens of the United States and not have graduated high school to participate and middle schoolers are also allowed to participate.To register for the test, students must register online and download the problem set. Then, students must either upload the solution through an online portal or physically mail their solutions to the headquarters.
Best of luck to all students participating!