Welcome! We're happy you're interested in MATHCOUNTS!

Learn more below about the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series, plus our free National Math Club program and free math materials. Click the buttons below to register or to sign up to get more info from Allie and Amanda from our outreach team.
You also can email us directly.

Our amazing materials are a big part of why educators and students love our program.

MATHCOUNTS isn't just about's about what students get out of working through interesting, challenging problems and discussing solutions with their teammates. That's why we provide top-rated math practice materials for free or as part of a school's Competition Series registration. 

Our materials also are a great way to enrich your math classroom instruction! Click through the buttons to learn more about what we provide.

The Handbook: 250 creative math problems + step-by-step solutions

We create the handbook every year with fresh practice problems, written by a committee of math education experts. It is the definitive practice resource, and every registered school receives one.

You don't need to know how to solve every problem to be a MATHCOUNTS coach. Discussing solutions together is part of the fun and develops great problem solvers! We provide a written step-by-step explanation of how to solve every problem in the handbook to support that discussion and save coaches time.

Practice Plans + Minis

We partner with expert teachers and math education partners to create amazing pre-done practice plans and mini math lesson for coaches to use for free!

Practice Plans are 45-minute structured lessons with a warm-up activity, a video that introduces a math concept, practice problems and an extension idea.

MATHCOUNTS Minis are deep-dives into common problem-solving concepts and include a 5-15 minute video, plus a handout with practice problems and solutions.

Past Competitions + Online Practice

One of the best ways to grow as a problem solver is simply to solve more problems. That's why we provide last year's school, chapter and state MATHCOUNTS competitions for free!

We also partner with one of our sponsors to put on an online practice competition, available in mid-December. Every registered school can participate for free!

Problem of the Week + Club Activities

Start out each week with math problems that apply math to real-life scenarios. Our Problem of the Week is released for free every Monday and includes 2-4 problems that relate to a topical event in the news, a STEM field or a season/holiday.

Add the National Math Club (for free!) to your Competition Series registration to gain access to dozens of free math games, explorations and themed problem sets.


Weekly Check-ins + Extra Resources

We know there's always a learning curve to starting a new extracurricular program, so our program staff works hard to help new coaches learn the ropes! A dedicated staff member provides extra resources and guidance for new coaches each week throughout the competition season, plus is available to answer questions.

MATHCOUNTS also moderates a LinkedIn group for coaches so new coaches can network with veteran coaches and ask questions about the program.



September - February
(typically 2-4 times per month) 

A coach is often a math teacher, and we provide ready-made materials to make coaching a light-lift. These practices are a big part of what sets us apart. Students work together on problem sets and math explorations and discuss how they approached the problem. However many students are interested may participate in team meetings, and we'll mail you a kit of materials and give you online access to resources.



November - February
(but typically December or January) 

However many students are interested may take the School Competition. Coaches can decide how to host this event. Many use the test material provided by MATHCOUNTS to determine which students from their school will compete at the chapter level, but if a coach already knows which kids will attend, it's also a great practice resource.


(typically a 4-hour event during a weekend)

In February, students from every registered school get to compete at one of 500 in-person chapter competitions across the country. From there, students can advance to the state level (March), and then national level (May), based on their scores. Your school's registration cost is based on the number of competitors you want to send to your local Chapter Competition (up to 12).


Year-round, especially January-May
(meet as often as you'd like!)

No matter how your school does at the Chapter Competition, your school's MATHCOUNTS program can last the entire year! Your students could work on a group club project to earn extra recognition through the National Math Club. Our 2 programs work well together or separately...make it your own!

I love watching students grapple with and solve these complex problems. It makes me a better teacher, to try to find ways to explain and guide without giving a solution.
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What Happens After Registration?
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As soon as you register

We will email the coach instructions for how to access the online Coach Dashboard for info about the chapter competition and math materials so they can get started right away with team practices.

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Within 2 weeks

The coach will receive a mailed School Competition Kit with a copy of the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook, certificates and ribbons, pencils and a math poster.

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Each month

We'll email every month to highlight resources and provide ideas for recruiting and supporting students. New coaches will hear from us every week. Coaches host team practices at the time/frequency that works best for them.

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In mid-December

We'll partner with Art of Problem Solving to host an online practice competition for registered schools. This is optional (but recommended!), and we'll reach out by early December with more details.

By early January

The coordinator for your chapter will reach out to you with details about your in-person Chapter Competition. Chapter and state coordinators are the incredible volunteers—often engineers affiliated with NSPE—who run MATHCOUNTS events in their communities.

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In February

Your students (1-12, depending on how many you registered) will participate in the Chapter Competition. From here, they can advance to the State Competition in March or even the 2024 RTX MATHCOUNTS National Competition in May!

Let's Get Started!

Register Starting August 15!

We recommend registering as soon as possible so you can access all the incredible practice materials available to you and so your students have as much practice time as possible. 





Get $60 off your school's max registration!
(limited time offer)

Pay just $30 per chapter competitor when you register by November 1. Register the max (12 competitors) and save $60!

Schools in underserved communities get an additional 50% discount. If your school is a public or charter school that receives School-wide Title I funding or has at least 40% of the students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, the cost is $15 per competitor ($180 max) if you register by November 1.

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Still have questions? We're here to help!

Learn more about the Competition Series at the Rules & FAQ page or email Allie and Amanda from the MATHCOUNTS outreach team. We're eager for your students to participate in our programs, and are happy to answer any questions you may have!