Tests that cover four specific areas of mathematics are written by Northern's mathematics faculty.
Divisions included in the contest are (1) elementary algebra, (2) geometry, (3) advanced algebra, and (4) senior division. Each test usually consists of 35-50 multiple choice questions and a tie breaker. The test usually takes about 50 minutes.
To be included on the contest mailing list or for more information, call 605-626-2456 email Linda Richards.
Northern State University's Mathematics Department started offering a mathematics contest in 1953. The contest was developed to give area high school teachers an opportunity to compare the mathematical skills of their students with the skills of students from other schools. In addition, the contest served to promote interest in mathematics.
Two members of the mathematics staff - Scout Mewaldt and Edwin Williamson - were responsible for originating the contest and its popularity has grown throughout the years. The contest started in 1953 with approximately 40 students from eight area schools in attendance. Today, more than 1,000 students from dozens of schools participate.