Math League's Homeschool Contests

Homeschool Contests 
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Each year The Math League sponsors contests for grades 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Algebra Course 1, and High School.

By popular demand, Math League's Math Contests are now available for homeschoolers. These are the same contests used by schools, in a non-competitive format for the home. Whether you give the contest with a time limit, or let homeschoolers work them at their own pace, you choose which is best for your homeschooler. Every contest has questions from different areas of mathematics. The goal is to encourage student interest and confidence in mathematics through solving worthwhile problems. Many students first develop an interest in mathematics through problem-solving activities such as these contests. You may also wish to consider Math League's Contest Problem Books and Educational Math Software for other great homeschool math resources, and our free Internet Help Facility for Grades 4-8 provides fast on-line math help, complete with explanations and examples.

Benefits of Math League Contests include:

  • Build important critical thinking skills.
  • Challenge your children and young adults with the same fun, interesting math contests used in schools.
  • Choose the best fit for your homeschool setting: take the contests in the contest time limit, or work through the problems at your homeschooler's pace.
  • Complete answer keys and solution sheets explain various problem-solving approaches.

Comments from Teachers and Students

Bob Smith: I think your contests are an excellent source of questions and encourage problem solving among all participants.
Anne Blacksten: You folks are really doing a terrific job. This last contest was particularly good. It was a possible "6" for several of our students although none of them did better than a "5". While very challenging, almost everyone who came got at least one.
Mary Rulla: You can tell which problems these kids' teacher is weak on, can't you? Oh well, the problems are fun anyway.
Beverely Johnson: Thanks to your web sites and contests, you got my little girl enthusiastic about math once again. I wish you great success in the future. Thanks once again!!
Matt Costill: This was the best thing to happen to me in math ever since I was the only person to get a perfect score on a test I took in 7th grade to see if I was qualified to take Algebra I (the most advanced math offered to 8th grade). I can't wait until December to take the next Math League test. I hope to get 5 or 6 right on this test.

About Math League's Homeschool Contests

Math League's contests are now available in a subscription package for homeschoolers. You will receive 1 copy of each of Math League's contests and solutions for your homeschoolers (one each of our 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Algebra Course 1, and High School Contests, plus solutions for each). Although there are no score reports for Math League's homeschool contests, for grades 6, 7, 8, and HS contests you may compare your homeschooler's scores to those of high-scoring schools in our leagues, at our Math League Contest Results page. These are contests, not tests. There are no "passing" or "failing" scores. A separate sheet of DETAILED solutions accompanies every contest we sponsor. For more detailed information about the contest formats, visit our Math League Contests page. The subscription rate is $15, which includes shipping. Overseas orders may be charged additional shipping. Subscription packages for the 2005-2006 school year will be shipped on May 15, 2006 or later.

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Math League's Homeschool contests are provided to homeschoolers for a fun, interesting educational opportunity. There are no awards or score reports for the Homeschool League. Although the official time limit for schools administering these contests is 30 minutes per contest, the Math League encourages homeschoolers to give these contests in a manner that best suits your homeschool ideals. Detailed solution sheets are provided with each contest. Additional assistance in solving these problems is not provided by the Math League. If you need additional assistance, please contact a tutor or other math professional to help.

MATERIALS ALLOWED: Only plain paper, pencil or pen, and any calculator without a QWERTY keyboard, may be used by the participants. No graph paper, compasses, straight edges, rulers, printed mathematical tables, or other devices shall be allowed, except where special arrangements have been made for handicapped students or when dictionaries are made accessible to non-English-speaking students.

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Sample Contests

 Sample 4th Grade Contest (PDF - 205k)Solutions (PDF - 223k)
 Sample 5th Grade Contest (PDF - 205k)Solutions (PDF - 221k)
 Sample 6th Grade Contest (PDF - 240k)Solutions (PDF - 256k)
 Sample 7th Grade Contest (PDF - 232k)Solutions (PDF - 253k)
 Sample 8th Grade Contest (PDF - 195k)Solutions (PDF - 247k)
 Sample Algebra 1 Contest (PDF - 195k)Solutions (PDF - 208k) 
 Sample 05-06 High School Contest & Solutions (PDF)

Score Reports - Compare scores with Math League Contest results from high scoring schools and students in the United States and Canada.

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Last updated April 2006.