Schedule, Format and Rules


Time Event Location
9:30 ~ 10:00 AM Registration Main Hall (Main building)
9:45~10:30 Parents’ coffee and breakfast Dining Hall (Main building)
10:00 ~ 11:20 Individual rounds:

(1) Rocket test

(2) Lander test

Main building classrooms
11:20 ~ 11:30 Break
11:30 ~ 12:15 PM Team round — ISS test Main building classrooms
12:15 ~ 1:15 Lunch Dining Hall
1:15 ~ 2:15 Final round — Spirit test Ballroom
2:15 ~ 2:30 Peter Peng speaks Ballroom
2:30 ~ 3:30 Orienteering @ PRISMS All around PRISMS campus
3:30 ~ 4:00 Awards ceremony Main Hall (Main building)




If you have been to math competitions before, you know the drill. The contest is broken into 3 rounds: one designed for speed and accuracy, one designed for team work and one live round with quick results.


Rocket and Lander Tests (Individual Round)

These rounds will have two parts. The first will emphasize speed, with 25 questions in 30 minutes. The second part emphasizes accuracy, with just 8 questions in 40 minutes.


ISS Test (Team Round)

In this round, your team works together to solve 10 questions in 45 minutes.


Spirit Test (Live Round)

This is the live round of 18 questions in 60 minutes where each team gets three sets of questions. Each team will assign someone to be the ‘runner’ who will run as quickly as possible to the scoring table to pick up the questions, solve them with teammates and then quickly run the solutions back and pick up the next set of questions. Meanwhile, the staff at the scoring table will quickly score the problems as they are dropped off and post the results on a TV monitor in real time. Teams get to see their results as the clock ticks.


B. Rules:

We know you want them. We have to have them.

These Things Are Not Allowed:

Because we are emphasizing your own mental skill:

  • no computational devices will be allowed. This includes: books, calculators and technology devices of all kinds.
  • no drawing aids are allowed either, including compasses, graph paper, rulers, protractors, etc.
  • no communication devices will be allowed. This includes: laptops, Smart phones, or any other Smart technologies. (You are Smart enough.)

Form of Answers:

  • Fractions should be in their lowest term. ( $7/3$, not $14/6$ )
  • Radicals should be simplified so that the radicand does not contain any fractions nor be divisible by the square of any integer greater than one. Denominators should be rationalized. ($√{12}$, $√{2/3}$, $1/{√{2}+1}$ are NOT acceptable. They should be simplified as $2√{3}$, $√{6}/3$, $√{2}-1$)
  • Answers should be exact. (3.14 will NOT work for Pi, nor will 0.67 instead of $2/3$ )


  • Factors of an integer refer to positive integer factors only. For example, 6 has 4 factors: 1, 2, 3, 6.
  • Prime numbers refer to positive primes only.
  • The notation means a 3-digit integer 100a+10b+c.
  • A polygon named ABCD is a quadrilateral with vertices A, B, C, and D occurring in that order.
  • 0 is not a natural number.


C. The PRIME Directive:

It goes without saying, but just to be clear, all decisions made by The PRIME judges are final.