Huntington University is a Christian liberal arts college in Indiana

middle school mathematics competition

The Huntington University Mathematics competition is provided as a means of fostering mathematical interest and expertise among students. The competition is similar to the high school competition, using middle school content as described below. Participants in the competition must be in the 8th grade or below.

Competition Overview 

The competition consists of three parts: the written exam, individual ciphering, and a team problem solving event. Because of the large number of participants the competition has had recently, please be aware that we may alter the time limits of the tests on the day of the competition in order to stay on schedule.

The Written Exam: The written exam consists of 20 multiple choice questions from mathematics topics ranging from general arithmetic through algebra and geometry. Competitors are given 40 minutes to complete the exam. The questions allow the use of a scientific calculator. The score for each team member on the written test will be added to the team score and to the individual score.

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The Individual Competition: During the individual competition each competitor is given a problem to complete without the aid of a calculator within a two minute time interval. Each individual completes the problem as quickly as possible. Competitors only have one chance to turn in a solution.

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The Team Problem Solving: During the team problem solving portion of the competition, a set of harder problems are given to the entire school team to complete. These problems are designed to encourage participation from the entire team. The team is responsible to work together to distribute the tasks to complete the problem. Teams can only submit one solution.


Sample Tests


Middle School Written Test (PDF)

 Correction:  the answer to #18 is 1/72

A set of 20 multiple choice questions from the following categories:

Algebra - 6 questions
Geometry - 6 questions
General - 8 questions

Middle School Individual Competition (PDF)

Correction:  the answer to #8 is 5.52%

10 questions will be given from random categories. Questions are designed for quick application of procedures and skills without extensive computation.

Middle School Team Problem Solving (PDF)

A set of more difficult problems are given to a team of four contestants representing each school. The problems are designed to require discussion and input from the entire team. The team is responsible to wisely distribute the tasks of the problem to complete the solution as quickly as possible. There are often calculator components to this task.

Competition Schedule

The following schedule provides an outline of the Huntington University Mathematics Competition.

10:00 - 10:10 Introductions and Overview

10:10 - 10:55 Written Test

11:00 - 11:40 Individual Competition

11:40 - 12:30 Lunch break

12:30 - 12:45 Team Problem Solving

12:45 - 1:00 Award Ceremony

Huntington University Mathematics

The growth of technology in our society presents greater needs for individuals with analytical skills and experience in the development and use of technologies. Concentrations in the mathematical sciences prepare students for a wide variety of careers requiring problem solving, logical reasoning, and applications of current technologies. The mathematics program at Huntington University combines the individual attention normally associated with small liberal arts colleges with the educational opportunities and research-active faculty normally found only at major universities. The normal route into mathematics at Huntington University begins with a year of single-variable calculus followed by introductory linear algebra and multivariable calculus or perhaps probability and statistics and a course in differential equations. These courses prepare students for further work in mathematics, computer science, the physical sciences, and engineering and form the usual introduction to the Mathematics major. Students may accelerate their progress through Huntington's mathematics program through advanced placement programs at the high school level.