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Mathworks Math Contest

A fun challenge for middle school students!

Mathworks at Texas State University offers an exciting experience in math exploration!  The Mathworks Math Contest (MMC):

  • Drives interest in doing high-level mathematics.
  • Develops problem-solving skills through engaging problems.
  • Offers mathematical experiences beyond typical middle school curricula.


Important Dates to Remember

2016 Dates

  • November 6th: Test will be e-mailed to middle school math teachers/coaches. 
  • November 10th: Test is to be administered by math teacher/coach. Test administrators should mail all completed tests back to Mathworks as soon as possible. 
  • November 17th: Deadline for tests to be sent back to Mathworks for scoring.
  • Mid December: Scores will be returned to test administrators.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Mathworks office at (512) 245-3439 or send your questions to 

Mathworks Math Contest:

Who can participate in the Contest?  We recommend the test be given to students who are highly motivated and interested in mathematics.  Students currently in 6th-8th grades are recommended to participate in the Contest.

How do I participate?  The test is e-mailed to all middle school Math Coordinators and Teachers in the state of Texas.   Contact us at if your school did not receive a copy of the test.

Who should proctor the test?  We ask that the Math Coordinator or a Math Teacher proctor the contest for interested students.  The students are given 120 minutes and the test has 15 problems.  Calculators are not allowed.  Students should show all their work to reflect how they obtained each answer.  Partial credit will be given even if you do not obtain an answer. 

How are results on the Contest used?  The test scores are used to identify highly motivated and interested students.  Participants of the MMC are invited to apply to the residential Junior Summer Math Camp program, a prestigious two-week summer math program held on the Texas State University campus. Four of the top scoring students will be selected to represent Texas during the Po Leung Kuk Primary Math World Competition.  

What is a good way to practice?  You may look over past tests from the MMC here!  Note: we used to call it the Qualifying Test.

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