Rules & Guidelines
We are looking forward to the 60th annual Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition and we want to encourage your students to participate in the fall! Approximately $20,000 in scholarships ranging from $250 to $2500 will be awarded this year.
- The Registration deadline for the Part I exam is Tuesday, September 27, 2016.
- Register online at emich.edu/math/mmpc.
- Registration fee is $4 per student payable by credit card or check.
- Make checks payable to Eastern Michigan University - MMPC.
- Registration fees generally are non-refundable.
- To encourage participation, the top student from each school will automatically be eligible for Part II. This is in addition to the usual top 1000 participants.
- When the package containing the exams arrives, please count the booklets and answer sheets to ensure that enough have been sent and then place them in the school safe until the day authorized for the examination. No one is permitted to open a test booklet until the administration of the exam. The student competitors are the first to open the booklets and only when the exam is administered.
Part I is to be administered on the morning of TUESDAY October 11th , and Part II on the morning of WEDNESDAY, December 7th, 2016. Schools administering the exam on an unauthorized date are subject to disqualification. Occasionally circumstances arise that prevent a substantial number of the students at a particular school from participating on the scheduled date. In this case we may permit a later administration, but only if approved in advance by the director. In such circumstances the supervisor must take steps to ensure the integrity of the examination. Please return the answer sheets of Part I and booklets of Part II on the exam day or the day after in order to avoid disqualification.
The MMPC allows students to use calculators on Part I of the competition. Both graphing calculators and scientific calculators are allowed on Part I. Portable computers, PDAs, pocket organizers, cell phones, and similar devices are not permitted. The memories of the calculators need not be cleared for the competition. The exam committee makes every effort to structure the test to minimize the advantage of more powerful calculators. Calculators are not allowed on Part II of the competition. No other outside materials (books, tables, formula sheets, etc.) are allowed. Students will need soft pencils and blank scratch paper. Please contact me if you have any questions about administering the MMPC.
Both exams must be proctored by a responsible adult. You will be asked to verify that these conditions were met by signing and returning the instruction sheet with the Part I answer sheets.
While the competition is intended for high school students, we have no objection to participation by younger students from your school system. There have been some remarkable performances in past years by middle school students.
Copies of previous MMPC exams may be used to acquaint students with the style and scope of the examinations. Many schools retain exam booklets each year for this purpose. Follow the link to “previous exams” on the MMPC web site for copies of previous exams.
A full schedule of important dates is posted on the web site. Please watch important materials in the mail: you should receive your Part I exams by October 7 and your Part II exams by December 2, 2016. Let us know immediately if you do not receive them.
We are looking forward to working with you this year.
Kim Rescorla and Carla Tayeh
Any scientific or graphing calculator is permitted on Part I.
Unacceptable machines include computers, PDAs, pocket organizers, cell phones and similar devices.
All problems will be solvable with no more technology than a scientific calculator. The Exam Committee makes every effort to structure the test to minimize the advantage of a more powerful calculator.
In particular, the TI-89 and TI-92, which were prohibited in the past, are allowed on Part I.
No calculators or technology are permitted on Part II.