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Alcumus Contest

The Alcumus Contest runs from 5:00am ET September 11, 2021 to 5:00am ET April 3, 2022, and is open to students enrolled in Prealgebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2 at AoPS Academy physical campuses. Eligible students will see the participation button on top of this page once they've signed into their student accounts.

Rules

The Alcumus Contest is split into four divisions, one for each of the four courses for which the contest is available. Students must be enrolled in the corresponding AoPS Academy course to participate in the contest. The contest uses the AoPS online learning system Alcumus, which is divided into 5 subjects. The subjects that will be used to determine the scores for students in each division are as follows:

  • Prealgebra: Prealgebra, Number Theory
  • Algebra 1: Algebra
  • Geometry: Geometry
  • Algebra 2: Intermediate Algebra

For example, a student who is enrolled in Algebra 1 will only earn contest points from problems in the Algebra subject in Alcumus for the Algebra 1 Division of the contest. Students who are enrolled in multiple AoPS Academy courses may compete separately in multiple divisions, earning points in each respective division when solving problems in corresponding Alcumus subjects.

To change subject and topic in Alcumus, students can click the "Change Focus" link in the upper left box.

Students earn points for each Alcumus problem solved during the contest. Students may encounter some problems multiple times during the contest. The first time a student encounters a problem between 5:00am ET September 11, 2021 and 5:00am ET April 3, 2022, the student will earn between 250 and 1000 points for solving the problem correctly, with harder problems worth more points than easier problems. No points are earned if the problem is not solved correctly. If the student encounters the problem again during the contest and solves it correctly, then the second and third correct answers will each award 1/6 of the points available the first time the student encountered the problem. No further points will be awarded for solving the same problem.

Ties will be broken based on the longest streak, with the student who had the most consecutive days earning points through the duration of the contest being ranked higher (note that this does not necessarily coincide with the student's current streak). In the event that two students also have the same longest streak, they will be tied in the rankings. For a day to count towards a student's streak, they must earn points prior to 11:59 PM ET. With this in mind, we encourage students to set aside a consistent time each day to work on math contest problems.

Prizes

Prizes for the top 10 students in each eligible course will be awarded after the contest ends. Top scorers will be awarded Amazon gift cards in the amounts shown below.

  • 1st place: $100
  • 2nd place: $75
  • 3rd place: $50
  • 4th - 7th place: $25
  • 8th - 10th place: $10

Students must have earned at least 25,000 points by April 3, 2022 to be eligible for ranking and prizes.
Students must be enrolled in the corresponding course at AoPS Academy on April 3, 2022 to be eligible for a ranking and prizes.

Have questions?

Check out the Contest FAQs!
  • Do the points in Alcumus match the points in the contest leaderboards?
    • The points in Alcumus will not necessarily match the points in the leaderboards. They are scored differently and have slightly different rules. Think about Alcumus as the platform that the contest is using, not the contest itself. To put it a little differently: the contest is not Alcumus, it is in Alcumus.
  • I did some questions on Alcumus but the score on the leaderboard hasn’t changed.
    • The points in Alcumus are updated instantly, while the leaderboards for the contest are updated daily. The time and date of the most recent update is shown on the leaderboard. Contestants should expect a delay in Alcumus points being updated on the contest leaderboards.
  • I completed Alcumus problems before I started the course. Do these count?
    • Unfortunately they do not. Only problems completed while enrolled in a course and between 5:00am ET September 11, 2021 and 5:00am ET April 3, 2022 will be counted.
  • I completed Alcumus problems before I started the course. How do I make progress if I’ve already completed all of the sections?
    • You can still earn points on problems that you've already encountered. Students get full points the first time they see the problem during the contest window. No student starts at a disadvantage! Correctly solving a problem for the 2nd and 3rd time will award contestants 1/6th of the points available the first time the problem was encountered.
  • I’ve completed problems in Alcumus every day, why doesn’t the leaderboard reflect what I think my streak should be?
    • For a day to count towards a student's streak, they must earn points prior to 11:59 PM ET. Also remember that streaks are only active for points gained within a single subject. For example, completing problems in Algebra 1 on Monday, and in Geometry on Tuesday and Wednesday will net you a one day streak in Algebra 1 and a two day streak in Geometry, not a three day streak.
  • I don't understand the minimum point threshold.
    • Students must earn a minimum of 25,000 points between September 11, 2021 and April 3, 2022 in order to qualify as a winner. In other words, even if you rank 10th place but only have 5,000 points, you will not be eligible for a ranking or prize. The minimum threshold roughly equates to correctly answering a couple problems per week.

Leaderboards (View All Campuses)

Scores were last updated Friday, October 15th, 2021 2:00 am PDT

AoPS Alcumus Contest
Santa Clara/Cupertino Campus

Prealgebra

Name Score Rank
Kye T 134,443 1
Akshaj A 65,289 2
Charles Y 48,724 3
Ewan R 25,978 4
Allston C 17,595 5
Nicholas M 16,044 6
Jayden C 14,882 7
Branford C 13,878 8
Vedh R 13,610 9
Daniel Z 11,274 10
Jack V 10,326 11
Alina Z 7,753 12
Ian L 5,107 13
Ian C 3,394
Pragun Hebbar H 2,961
Eric F 2,923
Ethan L 2,025
Jeffrey C 794
Meiki K 286
AoPS Alcumus Contest
Santa Clara/Cupertino Campus

Algebra 1

Name Score Rank
Simon Y 40,193 1
Daniel Y 27,411 2
Samhita M 19,282 3
Sonia A 16,963 4
Mayya G 11,865 5
Brandon Z 10,260 6
Arjun R 8,712 7
Jonathan L 7,265 8
Aarnav K 6,507 9
Vihaan A 6,116 10
Harvey L 3,669 11
Vachi S 2,645 12
Manaka N 2,457 13
Shaunak M 2,093
Anika P 1,424
Sabrina C 671
Hamzeh A 78
Enya S 51
Danimir S 48
AoPS Alcumus Contest
Santa Clara/Cupertino Campus

Geometry

Name Score Rank
Oliver L 293,584 1
Anish R 92,850 2
Apurva S 55,536 3
Shreya C 41,216 4
Jayant G 28,611 5
Suhaib F 23,401 6
Samhita L 22,748 7
Anushka S 16,639 8
Claire L 14,261 9
Mikul R 13,185 10
Sai Karthik B 8,537 11
Maahi A 8,086 12
Kyle Z 7,868 13
Lucy Z 6,373 14
Simon Y 4,158 15
Sahasra G 3,715
Zaheer S 2,632
Aarifah F 1,424
Chanew K 445
Mahathi S 50
Tristan G 49
Aiden S 49
AoPS Alcumus Contest
Santa Clara/Cupertino Campus

Algebra 2

Name Score Rank
Anish R 23,725 1
Lucas S 20,831 2
Lucas S 20,569 3
Jiahu(Eric) Y 19,233 4
Arth B 11,329 5
Steven L 7,904 6
Katherine Y 6,047
Mihika A 61

Honorable Mentions

Highest points earned in a single day

We only show the top 3 students in each course, including all students who tie for 3rd place.
Prealgebra Algebra 1 Geometry Algebra 2
Akshaj A
22222 points
2021-09-25
Simon Y
7178 points
2021-10-01
Oliver L
41012 points
2021-10-13
Lucas S
9935 points
2021-09-12
Charles Y
21480 points
2021-09-15
Brandon Z
7007 points
2021-09-11
Apurva S
21827 points
2021-10-11
Lucas S
8175 points
2021-10-12
Kye T
16542 points
2021-10-07
Vihaan A
6115 points
2021-09-20
Anish R
13730 points
2021-10-14
Anish R
6587 points
2021-10-14

Most consecutive days earning points:

We only show the top 3 students in each course, including all students who tie for 3rd place.
Prealgebra Algebra 1 Geometry Algebra 2
Kye T
12 days
2021-10-03 - 2021-10-14
Sonia A
12 days
2021-09-18 - 2021-09-29
Anish R
13 days
2021-09-11 - 2021-09-23
Anish R
8 days
2021-09-11 - 2021-09-18
Jack V
4 days
2021-10-05 - 2021-10-08
Samhita M
6 days
2021-10-07 - 2021-10-12
Oliver L
11 days
2021-09-12 - 2021-09-22
Katherine Y
3 days
2021-10-09 - 2021-10-11
Ewan R
3 days
2021-10-11 - 2021-10-13
Simon Y
5 days
2021-10-01 - 2021-10-05
Suhaib F
10 days
2021-09-26 - 2021-10-05
Arth B
3 days
2021-09-25 - 2021-09-27
Jayden C
3 days
2021-10-10 - 2021-10-12
Akshaj A
3 days
2021-09-25 - 2021-09-27
Daniel Z
3 days
2021-09-25 - 2021-09-27
Charles Y
3 days
2021-09-14 - 2021-09-16
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