Admissions


 

The 2019-2020 Admissions Season

Would you like to join Math-M-Addicts this fall? Join us at our fall entrance exam on Saturday September 7th!

Register to take the September 7th entrance exam here, or through the form at the bottom of the page. Registration is mandatory to sit for the exam. Please make sure that the email address provided on the exam is accurate, as we will email entrance results to the provided email address.

Note: Group A entrance exams are offered on an invite-only basis. See the course offerings page for more details.


About the Entrance Exam

Math-M-Addicts uses an entrance exam for both admissions and placement. Exams are administered twice every year, once in May/June and once in early September.

Math-M-Addicts offers four on-site exams:

  • Group A Exam

  • Group L/I Exam (Dual Level)

  • Group S/L Exam (Dual Level)

  • Group Y Exam

Dual Level exams allow students to test for two levels at the same time. Students will receive two scores for dual level exams—one score for questions 1-6, which counts toward the first level of a dual-level exam, and one score for questions 4-9, which counts toward the second level of a dual level exam. The Group L questions are identical on the Group S/L exam and the Group L/I exam.

We encourage new prospective students to test for the lowest level that they are eligible to take, as we cover a significant body of material in each level. Once students are in the program, we may move students to a higher or lower level based on in-class performance.

Scoring: 
Each question on the exam is labeled with its corresponding Group letter(s). Each question is worth 10 points.

Students receive two scores on dual level exams—one for each Group. On dual exams, the first three questions only count toward the first Group. The next three questions count toward both Groups. The last 3 questions count only toward the second Group. 

The tests are hard! We do not expect students to solve all of the problems to qualify for a given group. Depending on a year and a group, between 20 and 40 points have been sufficient to qualify. As a reminder, each problem is worth 10 points.

Partial Credit: 
Our entrance exam is designed to help us understand students’ thought processes. We award a majority of each question’s points for thoughtful solutions, and a small portion of points for the correct answer.

Important Logistics: 
The entrance exam for Groups Y, S, L, and I are 2 hours. The entrance exam for Group A is 3 hours.

Students may not use phones, calculators, or any outside aid.


How to Choose the Right Exam

Guidelines for Current Students:

Group Y students:

  • Take the Group S/L exam

Group S students:

  • If you have completed one or fewer years of Group S, and will be entering grades 8 and below in the fall, take the Group S/L exam.

  • Otherwise, take the Group L/I exam.

Group L students:

  • Take the Group L/I exam.

  • If you have completed two years of Group L, or will be entering grades 10 and above in the fall, only work on problems 4-9.

Group I students:

  • Unless otherwise directed by your instructors, take the Group L/I exam and only work on problems 4-9.

  • If you qualify to take the Group A exam, you will be contacted by the Admissions team.

  • Exceptions: Students with extensive proof-writing experience who qualified for the USAMO or USAJMO should email admissions@mathmaddicts.com, and should test for Group A.

Group A students:

  • Take the Group A exam.

Guidelines for Prospective Students:

Students entering grades 10 and 11:

  • Take the Group L/I exam and only work on questions 4-9.

  • Exceptions: Students with extensive proof-writing experience who qualified for the USAMO or USAJMO should email admissions@mathmaddicts.com to qualify to test for Group A.

Students entering grade 9:

  • Take the Group L/I exam.

  • Exceptions: Students with extensive proof-writing experience who qualified for the USAMO or USAJMO should email admissions@mathmaddicts.com to qualify to test for Group A.

Students entering grade 8:

  • Take the Group S/L exam.

  • Exceptions: Students who qualified for the AIME should take the Group L/I exam.

Students entering grades 5, 6, and 7:

  • Take the Group Y exam.

  • Exceptions: Students who are fluent in Algebra and received a score above 20 on the 2019 AMC8 Exam should take the Group S/L exam.

Students entering grade 4 or lower:

  • May take the Group Y exam ONLY.

  • Students must qualify for our advanced Group Y section to be accepted into the program.