The math competition consists of three rounds. In the first round, each student takes a written test consisting of 25 problems scored on a 100-point scale.
The second round is a ciphering competition with students racing to answer questions. Correctly answered questions within the first 30 seconds are awarded three points for each problem. Correct answers between 30 and 60 seconds are worth two points; questions answered between 61 and 90 seconds are worth one point. The math competitors are challenged with a total of ten ciphering problems in the round.
The final round consists of team problem solving where all students from each school join with others in their grade-level to answer 10 brain teaser questions. The last round's questions were worth 10 points each.
Content for the written test and the ciphering is based on standards addressed during the year for each grade level. The questions used for the written test and ciphering were grade specific. For the brain teasers, the same questions were used for all grades.