Application Frequently Asked Questions
How many problems from the admission test do I need to answer?
Students who are able to complete or make significant progress on at least 4-5 of the 10 problems for Part I or at least 5-6 problems for Part II should submit write-ups of all work they have done on any problem. We use the admission test score to 1) gauge a student’s overall math skills and 2) determine qualification for a course level.
Important Reminders about our Admission Test
- Students who wish to take Level 1 & Level 2 classes must submit solutions to Part I only. Students who wish to take Level 3 & Level 4 classes must submit solutions to Part II only.
- Be sure to include all meaningful steps in your reasoning and computation. We are interested in your ability to present your work, so unsupported answers will receive less credit than well-reasoned progress towards a solution without a correct answer.
Is the admission decision determined solely on my admission test score?
Although a student's test performance plays an important role in our admission decision, this is not the deciding factor. A student's application is reviewed holistically. We also look at the student's essay responses and their recommendation letters. All components of a student's application are reviewed carefully, but especially when a student is on the edge of being accepted or rejected. Therefore, students should ensure their application adequately paints the picture that they are serious about exploring higher level mathematics.
Do you provide solutions to the admission test?
We do not provide solutions to our admission tests, but you can access different forums (i.e. AoPS) to discuss the problems featured on the tests. Student should not share or discuss any solutions to any of our admissions tests until after the respective period's application deadline has passed.
Help! I've submitted my recommendation letters and/or test solutions but my student dashboard still has an X next to these requirements?
Submission of recommendation letters and your test solutions will be processed in the order they are received. Please allow adequate time (up to 4 business days) for us to review and process your submissions before the status on your dashboard is updated. We will also email you once your application is complete and under review. For questions about the status of your application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens if I submit the test on time, but the rest of the application is received in the office after the application deadline?
We will accept and grade your test submission, however, your application will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until it is complete, meaning until all required items (as outlined on steps to apply) are submitted and received by our office. If you do not submit all the required items by the early application deadline, then your application will be moved to the regular period and be considered as if it was received during regular registration (no early discount will be applied). If the same situation occurs during regular application, the entire application will be considered for late submission and late tuition charges will apply.
What happens if I submit all required parts of the application by the deadline but not the test?
Your application will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until it is complete, meaning until all required items (as outlined on steps to apply) are submitted and received by our office. In this example, we will consider your application for admission only after you submit the admission test. Admissions tests should not be submitted after the stated deadline. In other words, Test A should not be submitted past the early application deadline. You should submit Test B instead. Test B should not be submitted after the regular application deadline. You should submit Test C instead, which should be received in the office by the late application deadline.
If I am declined during the early or regular application periods can I submit solutions to Test B or Test C?
Yes. You are still eligible to submit solutions for the next admission tests and be considered for the admission to the camp.