Contest Math 6A and Contest Math 6B together offer a full year of contest preparation to help students succeed at top middle school math contests. It is the first level of our middle school contest series.
Live instructors build the prealgebra fundamentals for students and prepare them to face challenges at national math contests, like MATHCOUNTS and the MAA AMC 8.
Choose the right level
Students who complete Contest Math 6A are ready for Contest Math 6B. Similar to Honors Math 6: Prealgebra, this course takes conceptual understanding to the next level — while also integrating a special focus on highly challenging problems and practice contests for students who want to participate in math competitions. To determine if your student is ready for this course or others at the Virtual Campus, learn more here.
Our expert instructors use the Art of Problem Solving curriculum to teach Contest Math 6: Prealgebra. AoPS curriculum is a much broader and deeper exploration of challenging mathematics than a typical math curriculum.
Contest Math 6A
Prealgebra starts by formalizing the rules of arithmetic that students learned in elementary school. Students are then introduced to the topics of number theory and algebra, including common divisors and multiples, primes and prime factorizations, basic equations and inequalities, and ratios. Students are further challenged by contest problems that incorporate multiple concepts and skills, and sometimes require out-of-the-box thinking.
Contest Math 6B
Students study percents and square roots, dive into geometric tools and strategies, and are introduced to discrete mathematics and statistics — all while continuing to develop their general problem-solving strategies and capacity to untangle complicated problems often seen in math contests.
Our instructors hold classes virtually, in a small-sized (10-16 students) videoconferencing classroom.
Homework and exams
There are about 1 to 3 hours of homework each week. There are two timed exams in each course — one in Week 9 and one in Week 18. The homework and exam both use Beast Academy Online (subscription is included in the tuition for course duration).
Drop and refund policies
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Each course runs for 18 weeks with one 120-minute lesson per week.