NSF Coaching : FAQ – Mathcounts
MATHCOUNTS is a National Math Competition open for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. MATHCOUNTS reaches over 250,000 US middle school students with more than 125,000 competing in the MATHCOUNTS competition series. In the most recent MATHCOUNTS alumni survey from the respondents who competed in MATHCOUNTS at state level, the average SAT score for the three sections was 2194, which shows students who compete at this level not only excel at mathematics.
There are 4 rounds of MATHCOUNTS: School, Chapter, State and National. First the student participates in the School round and if gets selected advances to Chapter. From Chapter round, the top scoring team and the individuals advance to State round and from State, 4 top individuals will compete in Nationals representing their state. Generally, the School Competition takes place in January, Chapter in February, State in March, and the National Competition in May. More information about MATHCOUNTS competitions can be obtained from www.mathcounts.org.
Yes, your child can still participate in MATHCOUNTS. An affidavit is available in the website www.mathcounts.org for the homeschool children. Prior to the Chapter Competition, it has to be filled and given to the chapter coordinator and if your child advances to the State Competition, it is forwarded to the state coordinator by the chapter coordinator. If he/she advances to national Competition, the affidavit is forwarded to the national office by the state coordinator.
There are two streams of coaching:
- NSF MathCounts coaching (6th - 8th grades, but high school students have taken the coaching in the past to sharpen their math skills and to practice speed)
- NSF Pre-MathCounts coaching (3rd, 4th and 5th grades)
There are three levels Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. For details, refer to Mathcounts – Level Determination page
Go to our website www.northsouth.org. Under US Login select Parent Login. Login with your parent ID. In the “Parent Functions” page, click on “Register for Coaching”. You may pick a coach based on your child’s level and the time that best suits you.
Again, please refer to Mathcounts – Level Determination page for NSF Mathcounts coaching level recommendations. There may be more than one coach available for your child’s level. You can pick a coach with most convenient time that will work for you.
Two-thirds of the registration fee you pay is tax-deductible and is used as a scholarship to help a poor child go to college in India. Coaching is done by all volunteers who give their time and effort for this noble cause. If you insist on getting a refund of your registration fee, NSF will do so only before the second coaching class. You can request a refund on the “Parent Functions” page after you do Parent Login in www.northsouth.org.