Competition Format

Competition Levels

Omega Math is currently administered at 4 different levels.

  • Elementary Junior– Entry level competitions for 2nd and 3rd grade students. Sprint and Fluency rounds are administered.
  • Elementary Senior – Challenging elementary school competition for 4th and 5th grade students. Sprint and Target rounds are administered.
  • Middle School Junior. Designed for 6th and 7th grade students with limited competition experience. Sprint and Target rounds are administered.
  • Middle School Senior. – Most challenging level we currently offer. Students in grade 8 or lower can compete. Sprint and Target rounds are administered.

Competition Types

There are two main types of competitions we offer. Both are online and delivered through our testing portal

  • Weekly Qualifiers:
    • Any students within the accepted grade levels can participate.
    • Qualifiers can be taken any time during the testing window each week. We encourage the members of a school team to take the competition together. This would enhance the competition experience and the integrity.
    • Testing window starts at 12:00 pm on each Tuesday and ends on 8:00 pm on each Thursday.
    • The participation fee is $10 for each qualifier.
  • Monthly Finals:
    • Only high performing students from qualifiers are invited.
    • All participants in a given level will take the finals at the same time via Zoom and our competition portal.
    • Top 8 students in each level will compete against each other on a one-on-one, best of five bracket to determine the final placements.
    • The monthly finals are FREE for qualified students

Rounds

  • Sprint Round:
    • Participants answer 25 questions in 30 minutes.
    • Each right answer is worth 1 point. Each wrong answer is worth -0.1 point. This minimal penalty is intended to be a tie breaker.
  • Target Round:
    • Participants answer 10 questions in 25 minutes.
    • Each right answer is worth 2 points. Each wrong answer is worth -0.2 point. This minimal penalty is intended to be a tie breaker.
  • Fluency Round:
    • This round is given in Elementary Junior Division only.
    • Participants answer 50 questions in 5 minutes.
    • Each as a tie breaker. (Fluency is a very important foundation for all learners of math. But, we believe it is especially important for the youngest learners.)

  • Answers will be either numbers or mathematical expressions. They need to be given in their simplest form.
    • Unless specifically asked otherwise, no words or measurement units should be included in the answer.
    • The mathematical constants such as π should be kept as is. (Don’t convert π to 3 or 3.14) Typing “pi” instead of writing “π” is not recommended but will be accpted
    • No calculators are allowed.