Online Math
NorthSouth Math Bees are aimed at nurturing mathematical skills among children attending grades 1 thru 8, in a challenging environment. Younger children are encouraged to participate, on equal basis, solely with the aim of familiarizing them with the contest.
Proficiency in mathematics can be personally satisfying and empowering. The underpinnings of everyday life increasingly involve mathematics and technology. Mathematics is one of the greatest cultural and intellectual achievements of humankind, and the children should develop an appreciation and understanding of that achievement. India has produced several great mathematicians like Ramanujan, Aryabhatta, Bhaskara, and Brahmagupta. Just as the level of mathematics needed for enlightened citizenship has increased dramatically, so too has the level of mathematical thinking and problem solving needed in the workplace, in almost all professional areas. Although all careers require a foundation of mathematical knowledge, some are more mathematics intensive. More students must pursue an educational path that will prepare them for lifelong work as mathematicians, statisticians, engineers, computer programmers and scientists. Further, Math Bee will better prepare children to take standardized tests like PLUS, PSAT, SAT I, SAT II and ACT.
The contests are conducted every year in two steps. First, children participate in a regional contest, conducted in various states throughout USA. Qualified winners of the regional contests are invited to participate in the National Finals. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners from each contest at the Nationals are awarded scholarships of $1,000, $500, and $250 respectively, redeemable in the winners' freshman year of college.
There are several goals for conducting the Math Bee contests . To enumerate a few:
 To introduce important Mathematical concepts
 To make Mathematics an easier subject to learn and excel from early on
 To better prepare for excelling in college entrance exams like the SAT/ACT
 To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
 To teach major strategies for problem solving
 To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
 To strengthen Mathematical intuition
 To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
 To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges
 To meet other students and develop friendship
Math Bee contests are divided broadly into 3 levels based on the student’s grade. The grade definition is determined as of February 1.
In addition to all the general contest rules stated by North South Foundation, the following rules are applicable for ONLINE Math Bee Competition.

There are 3 levels of competition in Math Bee:
 MB1 (Math Bee Level 1): Grades 1 and 2
 MB2 (Math Bee Level 2): Grades 3, 4 and 5
 MB3 (Math Bee Level 3): Grades 6, 7 and 8
 A 1st rank winner at the National Finals of the North South Foundation math bee level 3 (MB3) contest is not eligible for competing in this and future math bee contests conducted by the Foundation (National winners of MB1 and MB2 can participate ONLY in MB2 and MB3 bees, respectively). A contestant who participated in a higher level bee cannot participate in a lower level bee in subsequent years.
 The syllabus for the Math Bee, levelwise, can be found on this website. It should be understood that any syllabus can only act as a guideline, but in the same given category of syllabus, the level of difficulty can vary dramatically from a beginner to an advanced level.
 ONLINE Math bees (MB1 to MB3) are held in two phases, both Phases I and II are written.
 Only your answer choice entries, from the provided multiple choices, are recorded, and graded. Students are not required or enabled to upload their scratch paperwork showing the method that they used. There is no partial credit for steps.
 Students can change their selected answer for any question within a phase, during the phase’s allocated time during the contest, until they click the ‘SUBMIT’ button or the time expires, whichever is earlier. Once a contestphase is submitted or if the time runs out, the phase cannot be reopened and no answers for that phase can be changed.
 There are NO negative points for incorrect answers. The contestant will be awarded one point for each correct answer and zero for each incorrect answer.
 Contestants may use blank paper sheets, pens and pencils for scratch work and calculations.
 Contestants must not use calculators, books, handwritten or electronic notes, websites, phones, smart watches, or any other form of external help – in person, or by messaging/emails/etc.
 All questions will be multiplechoice type, and the answers will be electronically graded.
 In Phase I, each contestant will be given a set of 25 questions to answer them. The maximum time allocated to answer the 25 questions is 35 minutes.
 Each contestant will access the test paper ONLINE with 25 questions along with multiple answer choices. Contestants must select their answer choices and submit before the Phase 1 time expires.
 All participants will move on to Phase II.
 In Phase II, each contestant will be given a set of 20 questions to answer them. The maximum time allocated to answer the 20 questions is 15 minutes.
 Each contestant will access test paper ONLINE with 20 questions along with multiple answer choices. Contestants must select their answer choices and submit before the Phase 2 time expires.

Based on the combined scores from both phases, the judges will determine the winners. The 1st place winner shall be ahead by at least one point to be declared as the champion. In announcing the ranks 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, the judges will follow these rules:
 Announce Ranks 1, 2 and 3, if and only if there are at least 10 contestants
 Announce Ranks 1 and 2 ONLY, if there are 8 or 9 contestants
 Announce Rank 1 ONLY, if there are 57 contestants
 DO NOT announce any ranks if there are less than 5 contestants
 The tiebreaker rules apply ONLY if there are at least 5 or more contestants participating in a given center and at the discretion of the judges/regional coordinator.

After tabulations of combined scores from Phase I (questions 125) and Phase II (questions 120), if there is a tie, to break the ties, the scheme outlined below is followed in the order given:
 Phase I score among questions 125
 Phase I score among questions 2125
 Phase I score among questions 120
 Phase II score among questions 1120
 Phase II score among questions 110
 If the above steps fail to break the tie in question, the foundation may use additional measures to resolve them or award joint ranks.
 If the above steps fail to break the tie in question, the foundation may use additional measures to resolve them or award joint ranks.
 Invitation to National Finals is based on the combined scores from both phases [Phase I: 25 questions; Phase II: 20 questions] of all the contestants nationally and is not based on a direct correlation of ranks achieved by a contestant in a regional contest. Thus, the combined Phase I & II score of each contestant out of 45 relative to all such scores around the country will determine whether the contestant will be invited to the National Finals. The regional tiebreakers are only helpful in determining the winners for a particular center, but have no bearing on the Finals invitation.
Phase I (Written):
Phase II (Written):
Winners and Ranks:
Tiebreaker Rules:
Invitation to National Finals:
For Math Bee Syllabus: click here
Following are links to Regional Contests Sample Questions for various levels.
Full sample paper (Phase I and II) will be available after registration is complete.
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We conduct online coaching and workshops to benefit the students all through the year. In addition, this page contains general resources for preparation for the Math Bee contests. Some sample resources and books are categorized below by level. This is not an endorsement of any commercial product by us. You can search the web for better results and uptodate links.
 Critical Thinking Skills  Teaching your kid how to think rather than what to think www.criticalthinking.com
 Khan Academy  Online Courses, Lessons and Practice. Look for Arithmetic under Math
 Math Kangaroo www.mathkangaroo.org
 Singapore Math www.singaporemath.com  Look for math books for Primary students
 Khan Academy  Online Courses, Lessons and Practice. Look for Arithmetic, PreAlgebra and Geometry under Math
 Math League contest books for grades 4 and above www.themathleague.com (contests usually conducted at local schools)
 Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools www.moems.org (student must belong to a school team)
 Singapore Math www.singaporemath.com  Look for grade appropriate books
 MATHCOUNTS  www.mathcounts.org (student must belong to a school team). Contest material for one year (last contest) is usually made available
 Books for advanced middle school students from www.artofproblemsolving.com

Khan Academy  Online Courses, Lessons and Practice. Look for Arithmetic, PreAlgebra, Geometry, Precalculus, Probability and Statistics under Math
www.khanacademy.org www.khanacademy.org
 Math League contest books for grades 6 and above www.themathleague.com (contests usually conducted at local schools)
 Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools www.moems.org (student must belong to a school team)
 Alcumus – AoPS’s Online Learning System  www.artofproblemsolving.com/Alcumus
NorthSouth Math Bees are aimed at nurturing mathematical skills among children attending grades 1 thru 8, in a challenging environment. Younger children are encouraged to participate, on equal basis, solely with the aim of familiarizing them with the contest.
Math Bee has Regional and Nationallevel components just as all the other NorthSouth Bees.
The underpinnings of everyday life increasingly involve math and science/technology. NorthSouth believes that math abilities are a vital foundational and literacy requirement for the child of today.
We also believe that proficiency in Mathematics can be personally satisfying and empowering to the individual. Mathematics is one of the greatest intellectual achievements of humankind, and the children should develop an appreciation and understanding of that achievement.
India has produced several great mathematicians like Ramanujan, Aryabhatta, Bhaskara, and Brahmagupta. Just as the level of mathematics needed for enlightened citizenship has increased dramatically, so too has the level of mathematical thinking and problemsolving needed in the modern workplace.
Although all careers require a foundation of mathematical knowledge, some are more mathintensive than others. We hope that the Math Bee program will especially help our students pursue an educational path that will prepare them for lifelong work as mathematicians, statisticians, engineers, computer programmers and scientists.
Further, NorthSouth also believes that Math Bee will better prepare children to take standardized tests like PLUS, PSAT, SAT I, SAT II and ACT.
There are several goals and some of these are :
 To make Mathematics an easier subject to learn and excel from early childhood
 To better prepare for excelling in college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT
 To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics
 To introduce important Mathematical concepts
 To teach major strategies for problem solving
 To develop Mathematical flexibility in solving problems
 To strengthen Mathematical intuition
 To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity
 To provide for the satisfaction, joy, and thrill of meeting challenges
 To meet other students and develop friendships
See the section on Math Contest Rules .
See the section on Math Contest Rules .
No, a participant can only participate in one Math bee and in one regional center only. Eligible contestants from the Regional Contest will be invited into the same bee for the National Finals event.
Yes, each grade group will have a different test. The questions will be based on the syllabus for the particular grade grouping.
See the section on Math Bee Preparation .
See the section on Math Bee Syllabus.
Yes, a child in KG is allowed to participate in the Math Bee Level 1, on an equal basis without any special privileges. Parents should bring young children into the contest with the primary aim of getting them familiar with the Bee. Over, the last several years many young children have participated and done exceedingly well in various contests.
Calculators are not allowed at any level.
This is only applicable at the National level. In the lightning round, we will avoid questions involving complex calculations. Typically the students are expected to answer within 60 seconds. A blank paper and pencil will be provided to children.
No. The questions in the contest will be within the syllabus for the particular level.
It depends on each chapter. Some may hold it over on one day and some over two days. Please refer to the Regional Contest Calendar or contact your Chapter Director.
Online registration via NorthSouth homepage is generally available, starting early January. You can also refer to the Regional Contest Calendar or ask your Chapter Director about registration deadlines and contest dates.