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Math Olympiad


What is Math Olympiad?

Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS) is a large and popular mathematics competition for students in grades 4 through 8. Nearly 80,000 students take part in Division E which is meant for grades 4 through 6. The goal of MOEMS is to expose children to elementary methods of mathematical problem solving and learn the art of critical thinking. 


Five contests are held each year and the dates fall in the administration window seen below.




Here are some details about the tests used within the contests:

  • Tests are conducted remotely online.
  • Tests consist of five non-routine problems and have a time limit of 30 minutes.
  • 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.
  • The top 10 scores from the team are considered for team awards.

Why is it fun (and good for students 😊)? 

Through the Math Olympiad Club, students will learn strategies commonly used to solve math problems. This will help build their logical and critical-thinking muscle and make them sharper. If your child loves solving complex problems, loves discussing math with their friends, or wants to get better at problem-solving, then the Math Olympiad Club is for them! 

There are many awards to be won by teams and individuals through MOEMS that we as a club can celebrate with a party in May 2021.  

How do you join the club?

Math Olympiad in its first year (2020-21) will be limited to 35 students (per team limit of MOEMs) from grades 4 and 5. We encourage parents to use this link Math Olympiad Practice Problems to have your kids solve at least 10 Olympiads (50 problems). If you realize that your student enjoys them, or you enjoy solving them with them, then you should register your student for the club.


The registration for the club starts at 12:00 PM on November 6th,2020. The registration will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 35 students this year. The last date for registration will be 9 PM (CST) Wednesday 11th November 2020. Please click on this registration link to register for the club and the tests. 


Please sign-up for the math olympiad newsletter here to receive important notifications and announcements. You can also click on 'Math Olympiad Student and Parent Resources' to access previous newsletters and see other resources posted on Math Olympiad shared folder. 


Owing to Covid-19, we won’t be hosting any after-school classes this year and are hoping to form smaller virtual groups of students who can discuss solutions with each other and who are coached by volunteers (parents/high-school students). The key to succeeding in this club will be lots of helping hands. We might need a minimum of one coach/mentor for every three students to help check the answer sheets, compile solutions and strategies, and mentor students. So, we highly recommend you sign-up to virtually coach a group of 3-4 kids weekly on the problems that are shared. 


For more information and questions please reach out to Math Olympiad Chair: Arjun Gupta (spicewoodmatholympiad@gmail.com)


Please note that the parent of the student entering the program must be a PTA member; if you haven't joined the Spicewood PTA, please do so here.  



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