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7 Middle School Math Competitions held in the USA, Canada and Online

Updated: Aug 4, 2021

Math Competitions for Middle School Students
Math Competitions for Middle School Students

I and my students love Math Competitions. If you've been following my blogs, you might already know about this fact :) We love the thrill that we get from solving complex problems; problems that were previously "just impossible to solve" according to them. Training to solve for these competitions triggers and hones their creative thinking skills. They love the fact that once they're trained, math at school becomes super easy for them. (To read about the advantages of preparing your child for Math Competitions click here)

So what are the math competitions that you can enrol your middle schooler in? Read on...


Math Competitions for Middle School Students

  1. AMC 8 (American Mathematics Competition 8)

  2. MathCounts

  3. Math Kangaroo

  4. MOEMS (Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle School)

  5. CML (Continental Math League)

  6. Perennial Math

  7. Math League

Other Middle School Math Competitions

Online Math Competitions for Middle school students

Canadian Math Competitions


Middle School Math Competitions

1) AMC 8 (American Mathematics Competitions)

The AMC 8 exam has 25-questions, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination for middle schoolers. The questions are in increasing order of difficulty. The first question is usually the easiest and the 25th question is the hardest.

Grades: 6-8

Enrolment: Through schools or sometimes RSM (Russian School of Mathematics) or math clubs - You can ask your nearest school or ask a AOPS centre near you for permission to write the exam

Open for individual enrolment: Maybe

Contest date: January 18-24, 2022

Resources to prepare: Here's a complete blog on how to prepare and ace your AMC 8 exam

2) Math Counts

This is a national level competition for middle schoolers. Around 4-10 students are usually selected from school to participate in the Chapter level competition. Once they qualify they go for state rounds and then finally they go for national level competition. The school-level competition has 3 rounds. The Sprint Round consists of 30 questions to be solved in 40 minutes. The target round has 8 problems. A set of 2 problems are given at a time and you get 6 minutes to solve those 2 problems. The third round is the team round where the team members (4 students in a team) solve 10 problems in 20 minutes.

Grades: 6-8

Enrolment: Through schools

Open for individual enrolment: Yes (due to COVID)

Registration deadline: December 1, 2019

Contest date: Feb onwards

Books to Prepare: Practice competitions for Math Counts by Josh Frost Volume I and II

Past examination question papers are also available for purchase from their store here

Previous year question paper is always available for free on their site

Resources to prepare for MathCounts - Here's an entire blog devoted to help you prepare for MathCounts

3) Math Kangaroo

This is an international math competition and takes place in USA, Canada, Singapore and a few other countries. Every country has it's own registration page. The test is 75 minutes long with 30 questions for children in grades 5 and up. This is probably one competition where I've found very interesting questions. RSM (Russian school of mathematics), Mathnasium, or Kumon centres host this competition

Enrolment: Can register as an individual

To search for centres near you

Grades: 1-12 (All grades)

Registration deadline: December 15, 2019. Late registration: December 31, 2019

Contest date: Third Thursday in March.

Books to prepare:

You can buy past contest papers with solutions from their store

4) MOEMS (Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle School)

This is available for both Elementary and Middle School students, though I've found that most schools do this contest only for Elementary school. They focus on AMC8 and Math Counts for middle school. It consists of 5 contests held from November to March. Each test is for 30 min and consists of 5 questions and the kids need to write the answers in the space provided.

Grades: 6-8 (4-6 is also available for Elementary school students)

Enrolment: Through schools or registered institutions only

Open for individual enrolment: No

Important dates:

Contest 1 - November,

Contest 2 - December,

Contest 3- January,