The Hardest Math Problem Student Contest (Grades 5-8)

The Hardest Math Problem Student Contest is an annual competition presented by Scholastic, The Actuarial Foundation, and the New York Life Foundation that challenges grades 6–8 students to solve multistep, grade-appropriate math problems with real-world situations and engaging characters. NOTE: 5th graders are eligible to participate by reaching to a higher grade level!
  • Contact your EY Coordinator to get a copy of your grade level challenge question.  NOTE: All students are invited to take an extra challenge and submit entries at either their current grade level or above. They may submit one entry per question they are grade-eligible to answer. For example, a 5th grader may submit up to three entries, one each at the 6, 7, and 8 levels.
  • Students must provide a mathematically correct answer to a challenge in order to receive an invitation to compete in Challenge 2 with an even more difficult problem.
  • Entries Due Nov. 23.  Your EY Coordinator will submit your entry.

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