Schools in Division A will take the Division A contests, and schools in Divisions B and C will take Division B/C contests. Students are strongly encouraged to compete on the contest corresponding to their grade level. That is, a ninth-grader would compete on Algebra I, a tenth-grader on Geometry, an eleventh-grader on Algebra II, and a twelfth-grader on Precalculus.
Students in grades 9-11 are allowed to take a more advanced contest if circumstance dictates. For example, a ninth-grader could compete on the Geometry contest if your school did not have enough sophomores to make up a complete team for that contest. A student may never compete down. For example, a junior could only take the Algebra II or Precalculus contests.
Ribbons are awarded for the top three students in each subject. Ties are not broken. For example, if the highest scoring students in a competition had scores 15,15,14,13,13,13,12,10, etc., two first place ribbons, one second place ribbon and three third place ribbons would be awarded.
Ribbons are also awarded for the top six-person teams in each area of competition: Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Pre-Calculus. Ribbons are given to the top two teams in Division A, and the top three teams in Division B or C at each of the three contest sites.
A school top score ribbon is given for each subject of competition a school competes in.
Unlike regional competition, ties are broken when possible. Two or more students who have the same score will have the tie broken by tie-breakers indicated by the contest writer and editor. If the tie cannot be broken after the tie-breakers have been examined, then the students remain tied.
The top five students in each area of competition earn a ribbon based on their score at the final meet.
The McCarthy-Murzyn award is given to students who have the highest cumulative totals for the year, including the city finals. Twenty-four awards will be given out, three per each subject in Division A and in Division B/C. Ties will be broken, if possible, based on students' scores at the final meet.
The top three scoring teams in each of Divisions A, B, and C win a trophy. Team totals are the cumulative team scores of each team over the course of all five meets.
Plaques will also be awarded to the top three schools in each subject: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and Precalculus, by division.
A Most Improved team plaque is also awarded to the team in each division that increases its point total the most over the previous season.
Each school can bring up to six students in each subject to the finals. Alternates can qualify for the final meet in one of two ways: (1) place in the top thirty students in their subject over the course of the first four meets or (2) attending each of the first four meets. Note that as in other contests only the six designated starters can have scores that count towards the team total.