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MATHCOUNTS® Prep

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Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Grade 5 Mathematics or equivalent

Course Format: Individually Paced

Course Length: Typically 3 months

Course Code: MCP

Course Description

Description

This course is intended to prepare students for future MATHCOUNTS and Math Olympiad for Middle School (MOEMS®) competitions and classes by strengthening their analytical and problem-solving skills. This course is designed to challenge and motivate students with little to no previous experience with MATHCOUNTS or MOEMS at the middle school level. Familiarity with pre-algebra concepts is strongly recommended, though highly motivated students in grades 5-6 may enjoy the additional challenge. 

This course includes notes, practice problems, assessments, and videos for each topic covered to allow students to learn and review both the material and problem-solving skills.  Videos are provided by Art of Problem Solving.   As students progress through the course, they will complete free response questions and timed practice exams to help them build experience using strategies that will be useful for real competitions. 

Each student is assigned to a CTY instructor to support them and give feedback during their course. Students can contact their instructor via email with any questions or concerns at any time. Live one-on-one online sessions can also be scheduled to prepare for the graded assessments, which include homework, quizzes, and a cumulative final exam. In addition, there are weekly group strategy sessions run by an instructor, where students will learn together.

The weekly strategy session will be held online every Monday evening from 8 - 9 p.m. ET. Attendance is optional and all sessions are recorded so students can watch them at a later time. Instructions and details are posted on the course website for enrolled students.

Topics include:

  • Integers
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Variables, Expressions & Equations
  • Exponents and Radicals
  • Number Sense & Patterns
  • Algebra
  • Plane Geometry
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Counting and Probability
  • Transformations & Similarity

For a detailed list of topics, click the List of Topics tab.

 

Materials Needed

There are no required materials for this course.

List of Topics

The following topics will be covered in this course:

  • Integers
  • Fractions and Decimals
  • Variables, Expressions & Equations
  • Exponents and Radicals
  • Number Sense & Patterns
  • Algebra
  • Plane Geometry
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Counting and Probability
  • Transformations & Similarity

Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile appStudents who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.