Get ready to Compete in the Math Olympiad, Math League, Math Kangaroo, AMC and other Math Competitions
Accel Learning offers Math Competitions Classes for students from Grade 3 and above.
We also host the Math Olympiad, Math Kangaroo and the Math League competitions at our center in Secaucus
Why participate in Math Competitions?
Mathematics competitions such as Math Olympiad, Math Kangaroo, Math League, MATHCOUNTS and the American Mathematics Competitions are extracurricular math programs with the widest participation. The most immediate value of these math contests is to pique students’ interest in mathematics and encourage them to value intellectual pursuits. Kids love games, and many will turn just about any activity into a contest. Math contests thus inspire them to become good at mathematics just like sports encourage physical fitness.
Beyond encouraging an interest in mathematics, contests help prepare students for competition. Competition of any sort trains students to deal with success and failure, and teaches them that effective performance requires practice. They also get valuable certificates that can help them differentiate from the crowd when it comes to college admissions.
With Accel Learning’s unique approach to preparing them for Math competitions, the students will not only be prepared for the competitions, but come out with flying colors.
So, get ready to compete today and show your Math muscle to the world!
What’s covered in Math Competitions Prep?
Each Math Competition is conducted at different times during the academic year, so students start early on to prep for the competitions.
Here’s what we cover in the course:
- Go through the foundations of Math to ensure that they are absolutely clear
- Teach Speed Math shortcuts and Smart Math techniques
- Intensive math practice
- Go over hundreds of sample questions
- Take several simulated tests before the real one
NOTE: Accel Learning reserves the right to select students for this course.
We train for the following Math Competitions as on now. We will soon be adding more competitions:
Math Olympiads is a Math Problem solving contests for students in grades 4 through 8.
Created in 1977 by Dr. George Lenchner, an internationally known math educator, the Math Olympiads went public in 1979. Last year nearly 150,000 students from 6,000 teams worldwide participated in the Olympiads. 49 of the 50 states and about 30 other countries were represented.
Choose from two grade-appropriate divisions:
- Division E (grades 4-6)
- Division M (grades 6-8)
The highlights for students are the five monthly contests, given from November to March.
The Math Olympiads are conducted at our Center in Secaucus
Math Kangaroo is an International Math Competition with more than 50 countries actively participating in it. It is currently the most participated scholar math competition with over 5,000,000 students participating each year. The competition originated in the 1980’s in Australia (hence the name Kangaroo) by an Australian mathematician and teacher Peter O’Halloran.
There are twelve levels of participation: from grade 1 to grade 12. The competition is held annually on the third Thursday of March. According to the organizers, the key competence tested by the Kangaroo is logical combination, not just pure knowledge of formulas.
Math Kangaroo runs the contest based on the grades in the following formats:
- Grades 1-4: 24 multiple-choice questions equally divided among the categories of 3-point-, 4-point- and 5-point-questions to solve in 75 minutes. Students have to select the correct answers from 5 choices. One is given the respective points for choosing the correct answer, 0 points for not answering and a quarter of the respective points are taken off for choosing a wrong answer. Each participant is given 24 base points at the beginning of the test so that the minimum number of points at the end is 0. The maximum number is 120 points.
- Grades 5-12: 30 multiple-choice questions equally divided among the categories of 3-point-, 4-point- and 5-point-questions to solve in 75 minutes. Students have to select the correct answers from 5 choices. One is given the respective points for choosing the correct answer, 0 points for not answering and a quarter of the respective points are taken off for choosing a wrong answer. Each participant is given 30 base points at the beginning of the test so that the minimum number of points at the end is 0. The maximum number is 150 points.
The Math Kangaroo competition is conducted at our Center in Secaucus
Math League is a mathematics competition for elementary, middle, and high school students in the United States, Canada, and other countries. The Math League was founded in 1977 by two high school mathematics teachers, Steven R. Conrad and Daniel Flegler.
Math League runs three contest formats:
- Grades 4-5: 30 multiple-choice questions to solve in 30 minutes, covering arithmetic and basic principles
- Grades 6-8: 35 multiple-choice questions to solve in 30 minutes, covering advanced arithmetic and basic topics in geometry and algebra
- Grades 9-12: Series of 6 contests. Each contest contains 6 short-answer questions to solve in 30 minutes, covering geometry, algebra, trigonometry, and other advanced pre-calculus topics.
The Math League competition is conducted at our Center in Secaucus
Mathcounts is a nationwide middle school mathematics competition held in various places in the United States.
The competition is designed for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders only.
The subject matter includes geometry, combinatorics, counting, number theory, and algebra.
The competition is divided into four stages: school, chapter, state, and national. In general, the problems become harder as one progresses towards nationals.
Students can participate through the Competition Program, the Club Program, and the Real Math Challenge.
The standard Mathcounts competition contains four rounds: Sprint, Target, Team, and Countdown.
- In the Sprint Round, contestants solve a written exam consisting of 30 problems with a time limit of 40 minutes
- The Target Round contains four, two-problem mini-examinations, for which six minutes are allowed per pair.
- The Team Round is a ten question exam for which twenty minutes are allotted.
- The Countdown Round is a fast-paced head-to-head competition, and is the final round used in determining individual rankings. It is the only oral round.
American Mathematics Competition (AMC)
The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) are the first of a series of competitions in high school mathematics that determine the United States team for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The selection process takes place over the course of roughly four stages. At the last stage, the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP), the United States coaches select six members to form the IMO team.
There are three levels:
- The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics. The contest is held in November every year. Students in grade 8 or below are eligible to participate as long as they are under 14.5 years of age on the day of the contest.
- The AMC 10 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examination in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with algebra and geometry concepts. Two different versions of the contests are given on two dates, about two weeks apart, in February. Students in grade 10 or below are eligible to participate as long as they are under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest.
- The AMC 12 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examination in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with pre-calculus concepts. Two different versions of the contests are given on two dates, about two weeks apart, in February. Students in grade 12 or below are eligible to participate as long as they are under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest.
Schedule of Classes
We currently offer Math Competition training classes on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.