Rules

Central Wisconsin Math League Eligibility and Meet Information

The Central Wisconsin Mathematics League founded in 1970, is a math competition for high school students in the state of Wisconsin. It normally meets three times a year on the beautiful campus of the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Exams can also be taken locally, with answer sheets emailed to UWSP. In the latter case exams are emailed to the high school adviser before the meet. Meets usually take place in November for Meet 1, Late January/Early February for meet 2, and late March/early April for meet 3. The awards banquet is usually late April.

Any high school in Wisconsin can participate. Please contact Kevin Schoenecker, in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, to join the league, kschoene@uwsp.edu. There is no fee to join the league or take the exams.

There are three categories students can compete in: geometry, algebra, and an open category called advanced. Exams are typically 55 minutes in length. Past exams and answer keys can be found on the Central Wisconsin Mathematics League’s website, https://mathleague.uwsp.edu/. Click on Information, and then choose downloads. You can then choose the year and category.

For a student to be eligible for the geometry exam, the student must be currently enrolled in geometry, to be eligible for the algebra exam, the student must be currently enrolled in an algebra class. The advanced category is an open category, meaning any student can take this exam and this category may be repeated in future years with no limit as long as the student is still in high school.

Any exam that allows the use of calculators is limited to calculators without computer algebra system (CAS). Graphing calculators are allowed as long as they do not have a CAS system. However, some meets may be designated no calculator meets and no calculator may be used on any of the questions for that meet. Currently, meet 1 is a no calculator exam. Meets 2 and 3 allow calculators that do not have CAS systems in it. Advisors should make sure that students have appropriate calculators. Sharing of calculators by students during the meets is prohibited. Calculator rules are subject to change and each meet will clearly indicate if a calculator is allowed. No cell phones, smart watches, computers, or any device that uses wireless communications, or accesses the internet may be used during the exam.

Before each meet, each high school advisor designates four students in each of the categories of geometry, algebra, and advanced to be on the scoring team. The highest three scores in each category count towards the team score. Before each meet the scoring team can be changed.

Each team can enter alternates as well. Alternates take the same exams as the scoring teams and will be scored but the scores do not count in the team score for that school.

Sometime after each, the exams questions and answer keys are posted on the Central Wisconsin Math League website, https://mathleague.uwsp.edu/. Click on Information and then Downloads. After the meet, advisors may check the team and individual student scores on the website.

Cumulative scores for the three meets are used in the determination of the awards. The UWSP Math League Committee determines the recipients of the awards. The awards typically include the following: first, second and third place award in each category and for each division for both team and individual award. All other students ranking in the top ten in each problem category of each school class receive certificates of excellence designating their top ten designations. In addition, certificates acknowledging participation in the Central Wisconsin Mathematics League are awarded to all students competing in at least two of the three meets.

At least three free participants from each school and their advisor are invited to attend a banquet The banquet program included short talks by area speakers followed by question and answer sessions and the granting of the awards.

All rules are subject to change by the Central Wisconsin Mathematics League at any time.

Last Changed

September 2020