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National Mathematics & Science Competition 2018 Information

Date: April 07, 2018 (Saturday) nationwide
(Start and end times may vary by chapter)
Qualification: 4th - 11th grade students from the United States
Online Registration: 02/05/2018 ~ 04/03/2018 12:00 AM (PT)
Location: See Event and Contact information for each Local Chapter
Exam and Duration Math:
   4-8 grades: 60 min with 30 questions
   9-11 grades: 90 min with 30 questions
   3-11 grades
   8 mechanics and 4 electro-magnetism questions
   9 - 12 grades: 75 min. with 12 questions

Mathematics Exam Format:
The math competition is a written exam. The exam will start 2:00 PM Eastern Time (11:00 AM Pacific Time). Be sure to arrive at the event location 1-2 hours earlier as specified by your local chapter. No calculators or rulers are allowed. The number of multiple choice problems and free response problems are 20 and 10, respectively. The grading or points system will be posted here (or announced to participating chapters).

Topics Covered (subject to change):

  • 4th - 7th grades: standard and challenging grade level topics
  • 8th grade: up to Algebra 1
  • 9th grade: up to Geometry and some Algebra 2 (no logarithms)
  • 10th grade: up to Algebra 2 (some Trigonometry)
  • 11th grade: up to Precalculus (including Trigonometry and logarithms)

NMSC Location and Qualifications:
The location will be determined by each participating chapter and the qualifications can vary by chapters.

Registration Fee:
Each chapter may charge a nominal registration fee determined by the local chapter.

Seminars for Parents:
Participating chapters may conduct information seminars while students are taking the tests. Examples of seminar topics are university admission, careers in science and engineering, financial planning for college, introduction to KSEA, etc.

It is expected that each KSEA chapter presents awards on the same day at the conclusion of the NMSC. The chapter awards vary among chapters. National level prizes for math are awarded by KSEA Headquarters.

NMSC 2018 Online Score Check will be available from May 1, 2018.



Sample Problems for NMSC 2018 (updated on 1/16/2018)

If anyone finds typos on these sample problems, please let KSEA HQ know.

These sample problems and their answers are provided, without warrants, to help students better prepare for the mathematics exam. Actual exam questions may be similar to these samples.