Two teams face each other in a match. When possible, each contestant on a team is matched against a contestant from the opposing team who is taking the same subject (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II/Trigonometry, or Precalculus). These matched contestants race to solve problems in their math subject. When a contestant cannot be matched with an someone taking the same subject, he or she will be matched against an another contestant. In that case, the opposing contestants will race to solve a “general” problem.
Each match consists of two rounds. During each round, each pair of contestants is given a problem to solve. The problem is projected onto the blackboard and the contestants try to solve the problem simultaneously. The contestant that first gets a correct answer earns points for his or her team. If neither contestant get the answer within the allotted time, no points are awarded.
There are three levels of problems: Level 1, 2 and 3. One minute is allotted for Level 1 problems. They are worth one point each. Two minutes are allotted for Level 2 problems, which are worth two points. Level 3 problems are allotted three minutes. They are worth 3 points.
When a contestant has an answer he or she must circle the answer and say “Done.” The moderator will immediately indicate whether or not the answer is correct. If the answer is incorrect, the contestant may try again to get the correct answer.
