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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 Sunday, April 10th, 2022 5:00 am EDT

AoPS Alcumus Contest
Gaithersburg Campus

Prealgebra

Name Score Rank
Daniel C 1,219,392 1
Subat B 1,128,442 2
Ethan K 591,087 3
Abhiram A 412,901 4
Aiden C 260,482 5
Melinda J 188,538 6
Rishab K 180,241 7
Thejas J 152,764 8
Vivian K 150,533 9
Yashvi B 132,397 10
Isha B 124,693 11
Brian H 107,113 12
Angela Y 103,313 13
Ben M 86,139 14
Riti T 85,104 15
Lucas W 75,081 16
Ishita S 62,776 17
Surya S 36,041 18
Jessica V 35,857 19
Nathan R 31,081 20
Jonas G 30,717 21
Viona S 29,071 22
Tavishi G 18,367
Patrick H 11,862
Alexander W 10,678
Ishanvi D 10,111
Liheng Z 4,176
Claire C 1,468
Matthew W 580
Giavrielle L 578
Veer P 573
Kelly W 287
AoPS Alcumus Contest
Gaithersburg Campus

Algebra 1

Name Score Rank
Shiven K 1,917,172 1
Dhriti S 1,791,728 2
Somil V 844,842 3
Stella T 684,937 4
Arjun D 610,816 5
Samyak S 276,716 6
Abhinav M 242,410 7
Driitan C 194,513 8
Jemimah L 139,802 9
Shruthi V 105,386 10
Gloria J 70,428 11
Akshit (Akki) K 27,876 12
Ahana S 25,664 13
Megan D 21,603 14
Nithin K 21,076 15
Daniel C 20,925 16
Tanish U 18,049 17
Adeeptarshi T 17,116 18
Taksheel P 12,410 19
Srikar V 11,531 20
Akanksha R 8,993 21
Pranavi B 5,277
Grace Y 4,135
Daniel L 3,882
Silvia W 3,701
Ekansh D 3,489
Huy C 3,129
Vihaan R 881
Esha K 785
Alexander D 337
Wasu C 76
AoPS Alcumus Contest
Gaithersburg Campus

Geometry

Name Score Rank
Youan C 918,222 1
Deven B 595,000 2
Ella W 576,938 3
Daniel L 513,756 4
Harrison W 404,641 5
Peter G 397,835 6
Manil S 396,432 7
Ojas B 378,435 8
Nikhil B 173,345 9
Beirui Z 159,071 10
Hawie A 158,563 11
Mitchell H 155,541 12
Kenneth L 122,405 13
Malinda Z 110,310 14
Jackson L 54,343 15
Nayantara I 43,842 16
Pragna P 40,176 17
Aidan W 34,114 18
Katherine Z 31,218 19
Saketh P 22,636 20
Annika B 13,130
Sophiana J 12,839
Melissa L 9,624
Jocelyne W 8,582
Emery Q 8,260
Surya V 4,180
Neha V 2,885
Furkan K 1,427
Lucas K 341
AoPS Alcumus Contest
Gaithersburg Campus

Algebra 2

Name Score Rank
Ellen L 173,304 1
Avadhut M 172,337 2
Ethan L 90,355 3
Batir Y 84,372 4
Daisy W 37,422 5
Sanjay K 27,272 6
Rohan S 11,177 7
Huan C 7,186 8
Jessica Z 3,321 9
Sannidhi G 1,406
Leon W 384
Jack L 360
Stanley H 52

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
Daniel C
63275 points
2021-11-28
Dhriti S
122894 points
2022-04-02
Youan C
92846 points
2022-01-17
Ellen L
34341 points
2022-04-02
Ethan K
32836 points
2022-01-07
Somil V
51838 points
2021-11-22
Manil S
53820 points
2021-11-24
Avadhut M
27106 points
2022-04-02
Subat B
28814 points
2022-01-09
Samyak S
33322 points
2022-01-07
Nikhil B
37968 points
2022-03-29
Ethan L
14548 points
2022-01-19

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
Daniel C
17 days
2021-11-27 - 2021-12-13
Shiven K
172 days
2021-10-13 - 2022-04-02
Deven B
204 days
2021-09-11 - 2022-04-02
Daisy W
14 days
2022-03-01 - 2022-03-14
Ethan K
16 days
2022-01-07 - 2022-01-22
Stella T
104 days
2021-12-20 - 2022-04-02
Youan C
102 days
2021-12-22 - 2022-04-02
Avadhut M
9 days
2021-11-20 - 2021-11-28
Subat B
12 days
2021-10-25 - 2021-11-05
Dhriti S
52 days
2021-12-25 - 2022-02-14
Daniel L
83 days
2021-09-11 - 2021-12-02
Ethan L
8 days
2022-01-14 - 2022-01-21
Ellen L
8 days
2022-01-07 - 2022-01-14
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