How do I prepare for the contest?
Perhaps the best advice is to look at the old contest problems. These are posted below. The specific topics on the contest vary from year to year. However, practice working problems is the very best preparation for working more problems. The problems have been selected to encourage creative thinking. They are not simply applications of skills you have been taught in school. There are many books of competition problems of various levels. Look in the math section in any library under the topic “recreational mathematics” or “problem solving.”
Contest Problems & Solutions
Click on a year to download old contests and solutions. Once you have downloaded the materials for a year, scroll down for First Round, Brief Solutions to First Round, Final Round, and Brief Solutions to Final Round.
The Final Round problems are much more challenging than the First Round problems, but there is a similarity in flavor. Also, you may observe that usually some of the Final Round problems extend problems from the previous First Round set. The hope is that participants will look carefully at the First Round problems in the weeks following the First Round contest.