Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools

General

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

Dates

Contests will be posted one week prior to the scheduled Olympiad date.

Contests will be administered at the time and date chosen by the PICO during an approximately 4-week window.

2021/2022
Contest 1
Contest 2
Contest 3
Contest 4
Contest 5

Both
E and M Divisions

Nov 15-Dec 15

Dec 6-Jan 14

Jan 10-Feb 4

Feb 7-Mar 11

Mar 7-Mar 31

Last date
for score entry

Mar 31

Mar 31

Mar 31

Mar 31

Mar 31

Format

MOEMS® OnPaper (traditional administration)

  • Contests are taken in the participating school.
  • 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. Other people should be asked to leave the room.
  • Problems introducing more advanced concept include all necessary definitions.
  • Detailed solution provided.
  • Many solutions include follow-up problems and activities.
  • Results are submitted to MOEMS after each contest for scorekeeping. Our records will determine which awards are to be shipped after the last contest.

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 concept include all necessary definitions.
  • Detailed solution provided.
  • Many solutions include follow-up problems and activities.
  • Results are submitted to MOEMS after each contest for scorekeeping.
    Our records will determine which awards are to be shipped after the last contest.

Teams

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