Competition Format

The tournament consists of three tests: free response, ciphering, and a proof-based exam. All questions will be over a range of high school level material, and all students take the same test regardless of grade. Students will work independently in all portions of the tournament except the group test for participants not taking the proof-based exam.


  • The free response exam is a 90-minute written exam consisting of 20 questions.
  • Ciphering is a set of 10 questions, solved one at a time, with 3 minutes per question.
  • The top contestants in the free response exam will take the proof-based exam. This test consists of at least five proof questions.