Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools

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The MOEMS Contests

Divisions

  • Two grade-appropriate divisions
    • Division E (grades 4-6)
    • Division M (grades 6-8)
  • If a team has any 7th or 8th graders, it must be in the DIVISION M.
  • If a team has NO 7th or 8th graders, we strongly recommend that it be in the DIVISION E.
  • NO team may have any student who has completed grade 8.
  • Teams may not be split between two divisions.
  • While students below grade 4 will be accepted, we do not recommend it. Without proper support, younger students can easily become afraid of math, rather than excited by it.

Contests

There are five contests, November through March, each with five questions. PICOs have access to the contests one week before scheduled Olympiad date. Contests may be administered at the time and date chosen by the PICO* within a four-week window.
*Person In Charge Of

Teams

  • Each team may have up to 35 students. (Many schools have more than one team.)
  • Schools, homeschools, and institutes may participate. Individuals may not participate.
  • Each team may only compete in one division.
  • Teams with members from more than one school are called “District Teams” or “Institute Teams” and are not eligible for team awards
  • Administration

    MOEMS® OnPaper (Traditional Administration)
    • Contests are taken in the participating school.
    • Contests consist of five nonroutine problems and has have a time limit of 30 min.
    • Every problem requires careful mathematical thinking.
    • Students work alone, scoring 1 point for each correct answer. Thus, a student may score up to 25 points per year.
    • Calculators, rulers, graph paper, and other aids or resources are not permitted. Other people should be asked to leave the room.
    • Problems introducing more advanced concepts include all necessary definitions.
    MOEMS® OnLine (Remote Administration)
  • Contests are taken remotely using the internet.
  • Contests consist of five nonroutine problems and has a time limit of 30 min.
  • Every problem requires careful mathematical thinking.
  • Students work alone, scoring 1 point for each correct answer.
  • Thus, a student may score up to 25 points per year.
  • Calculators, rulers, graph paper, and other aids or resources are not permitted.
  • Problems introducing more advanced concepts include all necessary definitions.
  • Scoring

    • PICO scores each contest and submits scores to MOEMS using answer key provided.
    • Answer key provides detailed solution and follow-up questions that could be used for future team practices.
    • Our records will determine which awards are to be shipped after the last contest. STUDENT SCORE (0 – 25) is the number of problems answered correctly.
    • TEAM SCORE (0-250) is the sum of the ten highest student scores, taken after the fifth contest