Frequently Asked Questions
Why should my child participate in math competitions?
Competitive events provide students an opportunity to improve their skills especially when the competition include motivational support for math. We believe that events like this MathFest give kids a new reason to engage in building their own math skills. Thousands of students will experience success at our competition.
Is there a cost to participate in any events?
We have worked hard to keep our fees minimal. There is a small fee to download the app for the virtual competition and there are small fees for the advanced rounds. Money raised helps to provide the staffing, awards, and infrastructure to support and expand the reach of our program.
How long has MathFest (Championship Series) been around?
The first competition was conducted at Clayton State University in 2005. Since that time, tens of thousands of students have been involved in our competitive events.
How can I get my child ready for the competition?
The math that we use is similar to the math that the state already wants your students to master. Practice, practice, practice. We will provide practice problems for you along with other materials to assist in developing strong math skills for your child.
What type of math problems will be used?
We want all students to experience success, however, we want to extend their skill development in math. Most questions are word problems that involve calculations. At the 1st Grade Level, the problems include fewer words and more calculations. Students are not permitted to use calculators unless otherwise specified.
Where will the National Championship be held?
The National MathFest is held each year in Birmingham, Alabama. Participation is by invitation only and students who advance from the Regional Events may attend. With the Covid 19 concerns, we are planning to conduct our national event virtually until it is safe to proceed with the in person event.
Are awards presented to students?
At the Divisional Level, students earn Invitations to the next level. At the Regional and National Levels, however, awards to include medals and/or trophies will be presented.
Can my child participate in more than one Divisional Event if
he/she does not qualify on the first attempt?
Yes, all Divisional events are open to ANY 1st - 8th Grade Student who registers.
At what grade level should homeschool students participate?
Students should participate according to the grade they would attend if they were in public school.
What is the last day to register?
The last day to register varies per event, however, there are a limited amount of slots at each grade level.
Do we need to log in at 8:00 a.m. if our competition session is hours later?
You do not need to attend the morning orientation. Just login about 60 minutes prior to competition time.