The next tournament will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018.  Tournament registration is now open and the deadline is Friday, March 2, 2018.  Register now.

Senior Competition

The competition will consist of two components: a two-hour written examination in the morning and a ciphering match following the lunch break.

The Examination
The written examination consists of multiple-choice questions from the following subjects: algebra, geometry, advanced algebra, trigonometry, precalculus, analytic geometry, probability, and logic. Tie- breaker questions are included on the exam, but these will only be graded to break a tie amongst the top six finishers. Calculators of any kind are not allowed on either the written or ciphering portion of this competition.

The Ciphering Competition
There will be two ciphering matches in the afternoon (one for each division). Each ciphering match will be composed of three rounds. Each school will select three representatives to participate in the match (one per round). In the course of the match, questions will be displayed on a screen and students will have approximately two minutes to write down a response. The first, second, and third students to give a correct response will earn four, three, and two points, respectively. All correct responses given within the time limit will earn one point. In the end, each team will have a composite score for the match.

There will be individual and team awards. Individual awards will be given to the participants with the top six scores on the written examination, irrespective of division. The team score will be computed by adding the top four scores on the written examination to the composite ciphering score. Awards will be given to the first, second, third, and fourth place teams in each division. To compete as a team, students must be accompanied by a sponsor.

Junior Competition

The junior competition is open to all high school freshmen and sophomores. Note, however, that freshmen and sophomores are eligible to compete in the senior competition and are encouraged to do so if they are advanced in their course work. The junior competition will consist of only a written multiple-choice examination in the morning, given concurrently with the written examination for the senior competition. The questions for this examination will be taken from topics in algebra and geometry.

Each school may enter as many students as they wish in this competition in addition to any students entered in the senior competition. Awards will be presented to the three individuals having the highest scores on this written examination. There will be no team awards in the junior competition.


We invite all team sponsors and faculty members to attend a reception beginning at 9:30 AM in Riley Hall 205.


We are offering free t-shirts for this year’s competition. These are only for sponsors and students who will be in attendance on tournament day, so please make your order as accurate as possible. To ensure that the t-shirts arrive on time, we must receive your information no later than Friday, March 2, 2018.  Submit your order.  

Lunch Information

The lunch break will last about an hour and a half. Within a five- to ten-minute drive from Furman are many traditional and fast-food restaurants. We welcome you to take advantage of our on-campus dining facility—the Daniel Dining Hall. Lunch on Saturdays consists of all-you-can-eat brunch items (eggs, omelets, pancakes, etc.), meat and vegetable items, beverages, salad bar and bakery items. Tickets for lunch in the dining hall may be purchased in advance for $5.00 each by submitting the lunch ticket form​ and submitting a check for the total amount. Your tickets will be included in the packet of information received at registration on tournament day. The dining hall may also be visited on a cash basis at the door for $11.00.  


Furman University administers the tournament and provides the physical facilities and personnel. The South Carolina Delta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honorary fraternity, and the Department of Mathematics act as official hosts.

If you have any questions or concerns you may e-mail, write, or call: Furman University Wylie Mathematics Tournament, c/o Mark R. Woodard, Furman University, Department of Mathematics, Greenville, South Carolina 29613, 864.294.3626. E-mail address: mark.woodard@furman.edu.

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