FAQ

How do I register for a class?

Current and prospective students need to sign up for an entrance exam, coming soon for Academic Year 2019-2020. Entrance exams are used for both admissions and Group placement.

Admitted students will be contacted by email after the Exams have been graded to let them know which Group they are invited to join, and will be asked to submit a Registration Form. 

 

How do I know which Exam to register for?

Please see the instructions below:

Grades 10 and 11: Group IA exam.

Grades 8 and 9 -- new students: Group SL exam.

Grade 9 -- returning students: Group LI exam.

Students who attended Group S1: Group LI exam.

Students who attended Group S2 or S3: Group IA exam for grade 10. Group LI exam for students who completed at least 4 semesters (2 years) of Group S2 or S3. Optional Group LI exam for AIME qualifiers. Group SL exam for all other students.

Students who attended Group Y for at least 1.25 semesters: Group SL exam.

Students who attended Group Y for less than 1.25 semesters: Group SL exam. If you don't pass but your score is high enough, you will qualify for Group Y again. Otherwise, you will need to take the Y test.

Grades 5, 6, and 7 -- new students: Group Y exam only for 5th and 6th graders. Group Y strongly suggested for 7th graders.

Grades 4 (and 3): You can take the Group Y exam, but you would need to qualify for the more advanced Y Group to be accepted into the Y program.

Exceptions to the above-suggested eligibility are based on AMC scores. Students who scored 21+ on the AMC 8 should register for the Group SL exam. Students whose scores gave them an AIME qualification should register for the Group LI exam.

What if I’m several grades ahead in math in school?

We still recommend that you sign up for an Exam based on your current grade level. We recommend you download the .pdf of the three past Exams we’ve posted on each Group’s webpage, so you can familiarize yourself with the types of questions you'll encounter on Exam day.

  

I am a returning student. Do I need to take the Exam?

Yes, all returning and new students need to take an Exam. We want to make sure each student is placed in the Group that’s the best fit for them, which we determine from the Exam.

 

What if I’m having trouble registering?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out for help by sending an email to info@mathmaddicts.com. We want the registration process to be as easy as possible, and we’re here to help with both registration and any other questions you have. 

 

Is there a minimum age to apply to the program?

Yes--any student who in the Fall will be in 5th grade or above is welcome to take the corresponding placement test.  Students who will be in 4th grade or below can register for the Group Y Exam -- however, they need to place into the top Y Group to be admitted into the program.

  

Does Math-M-Addicts provide financial aid? 

Yes!  Math-M-Addicts is committed to fostering a community of math scholars that reflects the diversity of NYC.  
Students who would like to apply for financial assistance are encouraged to register for the entrance exam and apply for Math-M-Addicts.  Upon passing the exam, students will be sent further instructions to submit a questionnaire and financial information to qualify for aid.  
Math-M-Addicts offers two types of merit-based scholarships:
      I.         Full tuition and transportation scholarships to students who qualify for the Federal WIC Program
      II.        Tuition scholarships for students with other demonstrated need.
    
For further questions regarding financial aid, please contact admissions@mathmaddicts.com.

  

Why is the program so inexpensive?

The program is meant to be accessible to anyone.  We are grateful to our donors and volunteers who help us keep costs low and allow us to provide financial aid for students with demonstrated financial need.

 

Are there homework assignments?

Yes. There are weekly assignments consisting of five to eleven problems ranging from routine to extremely challenging. 

 

How long should students expect to spend on homework?

Students in Groups Y and S should expect to spend at least two hours per week preparing homework. Students in Groups L, I and A should expect to spend three to ten hours per week.  Please visit individual group pages for descriptions of what to expect.

 

Sounds like a lot of homework. Why?

Doing homework helps students to become better problem-solvers. Besides, the problems we assign are fun and our students enjoy coming up with solutions.


Which books do you recommend for exam preparation and independent study?

For Group Y, we recommend the Beast Academy book series, as well as Prealgebra by Richard Rusczyk, David Patrick, and Ravi Boppana, both published by Art of Problem Solving.

For Group S, we recommend The Art of Problem Solving, Vol.1: The Basics by Sandor Lehoczky and Richard Rusczyk, published by Art of Problem Solving.

For Groups L and I, we recommend The Art of Problem Solving, Vol.2: The Basics by Sandor Lehoczky and Richard Rusczyk, published by Art of Problem Solving.

For both Groups Y and S, we recommend The Moscow Puzzles: 359 Mathematical Recreations (Dover Recreational Math) by Boris A. Kordemsky, Edited and with an introduction by Martin Gardner.

 

Do you offer refunds?

Yes.  A student may leave the program by Tuesday after the first class they attend and receive 75% of their class payment.

 
Is there an attendance policy?

Attendance is an integral part of our program. Students who miss more than four classes in a semester will be removed from the program and will forfeit tuition for the rest of the semester. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances such as family emergencies.

 

How do I get in touch with you?

Please email questions to info@mathmaddicts.com, and we’ll get back to you.

Last modified: Saturday, 19 January 2019, 3:27 PM