Math Kangaroo is an international math contest for kids in Grades 1 to 12. Math Kangaroo is a 75 minute test covering 30 questions. The questions are challenging and rely on problem solving skills. The contest is held the third Thursday in March across the globe.

X Academy hosting a test center at Louden Nelson Community Center in downtown Santa Cruz. The upcoming contest will be on March 16, 2017 starting at 4:00. Registration starts on Oct. 1st and is open until December 15, 2016. Test sites fill up fast, so register early.


The Math Contest provides students in grades 5-8 with both a team competition and an individual test format. The team competition requires students work together using problem-solving strategies, showing work and providing clear and detailed explanations. The individual test for all grade levels uses a free response format. The 8th grade test includes questions that reflect state requirements for 8th grade Algebra. Students receive certificates of participation and contest winners receive achievement medals.


The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The contest is held in November every year at a local school.


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. 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. Each AMC 10 and AMC 12 contest contain about 12 of the same math problems.


The Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad (BAMO) is an annual competition for hundreds of Bay Area middle and high school students, consisting of 4 or 5 proof-type math problems with a time limit of 4 hours. It is typically held on the last Tuesday of every February. This year's test will be on February 24, 2015. The exams are proctored at schools and at several open sites around the Bay Area. They are graded the following weekend by a group of Bay Area mathematicians, teachers, and Math Circle enthusiasts.


Math Problem solving contests for teams of up to 35 students in grades 4 through 8. It is open only to schools, home schools, and institutes – not individuals. School math clubs meet weekly for an hour. Club members explore a topic or strategy in depth, using Creative Problem Solving in School Mathematics (or other sources), or they practice for the contests, using non-routine problems from MOEMS® Contest Problems Volume 3, Math Olympiad Contest Problems Volume 2 or Mathematical Olympiads Contest Problems for Elementary and Middle Schools (or other sources). The highlight for students are the five monthly contests, given from November to March. No traveling is required.  These contests provide an incentive for students to intensify their study of math.


The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series is a national program that provides bright students the opportunity to compete head-to-head against their peers from other schools, cities and states in four levels of competition: school, chapter (local), state and national. MATHCOUNTS provides preparation and competition materials and, with the leadership of the National Society of Professional Engineers, hosts more than 500 Chapter Competitions, 56 State Competitions and the National Competition each year. This year, the top four students from each U.S. state and territory will compete at the 2015 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition in Boston, MA. Students win hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships each year at the local, state and national levels. There is a registration fee for students to participate in this program and registration is limited only to schools. Participation beyond the school level is limited 10 students per school.


The Purple Comet! Math Meet is a free, on-line, international, team mathematics competition designed for middle and high school students conducted annually since 2003.


Since 1958, the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Santa Clara University has sponsored, as a community outreach, an annual High School Mathematics Contest usually scheduled on the second Saturday in November. This is a three hour exam which tests problem solving skills and mathematical ingenuity rather than being directed toward the content of a specific course.


The Berkeley Math Tournament Group hosts and organizes mathematical contests for middle and high school students. In organizing these tournaments, the team strives to encourage mathematical exploration and understanding by introducing concepts not covered in the typical pre-college curricula to students with high mathematical aptitude and interest. Each contest emphasizes collaboration between team members, while still allowing individuals to prove their own ability. Any individual currently enrolled in a pre-college institute for youth is welcome to compete, and accommodations may be made for teams with demonstrated financial need.

The contests that the Berkeley Math Tournament Group offers are

  • BmMT: Berkeley mini Math Tournament. Offered in the fall, this "mini" tournament aims to instill an appreciation for mathematics in teams of advanced elementary or middle school students and to prepare them for future mathematical endeavors.

  • BMT: Berkeley Math Tournament. The spring tournament offers teams of high school students the opportunity to share their interest in mathematics with likeminded individuals and to get a taste of the type of concepts studied in higher mathematics.


The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country. The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents. The IMO Board ensures that the competition takes place each year and that each host country observes the regulations and traditions of the IMO.