Welcome to the Noetic Learning Math Contest!
The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a biannual math problem solving contest for elementary students. The goal of the competition is to encourage young students' interest in math, to develop their problem solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math.
During the contest, students are given 45
minutes to solve 20 problems. Many problems are designed to
challenge students and to enrich their problem solving
The contest is for students in grades 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Teachers in any public school or private school are encouraged to register their students. Click here for more contest details.
It's COOL to be good at math!
What Teachers Say About NLMC
Thank you for offering this contest. It is growing in popularity
in our school and certainly helping us put a focus on problem
We look forward to participating in the contests again next
" This experience is so good for my students. I love hearing them share various problem solving strategies as we’ve gone back over the test. Thank you for making the contest available!"
Vicki F., Creekmoor Elementary, MO
"We greatly enjoyed the
contest and take pride that our students did so well on it. I teach a GATE clustered class, and this contest is a wonderful enrichment opportunity for all.
"I teach math to the gifted students at our school.
My students loved the contest. My students wanted me to give them more problems the next day. Most of them loved trying to figure out the ones that stumped them. They didn't want me to tell them the answers. They wanted to keep on working until they figured them out themselves.
Yes, I did enjoy the contest and so did each of the students on the team! The contest was simple to register for and had easy access to the materials needed to administer the test. The certificates which were downloaded for participating in the test were also easily accessible & looked very professional! I was very proud to give each participant a certificate for their time & talent. Noetic even went beyond my expectations when the medals came. The medals were amazing! I was so thrilled to hand these out as well.
Thank you for putting together this great opportunity for students!
" My favorite was how the test results were recorded and listed in the spreadsheet. I also like the medals that were sent to the team winner. Though we did not have any student to score in the top national bracket-
the students were very proud to be in the honorable mention/team winner. "
" Thank you so much for the opportunity to get kids excited about math. We had 30 participants in 2nd grade. They choose to come to school twice a week at 7:30 am to prep for the test. They are always so excited and we are amazed.
They are always so excited and we are amazed.
I liked the contest. I really liked the excitement my students experienced, and the recognition for thinking 'Math IS Cool'.
This was so easy to participate in! You gave enough instruction to help us along, but also enough flexibility to make it work. Thanks, "
Yes, we enjoyed it! We had a guest speaker earlier in the year tell us that we should start math contests early to prepare for college math contests like the Putnam (he had participated in) so my students wanted to do that and that is why I looked it up and found you.
My students loved the idea of preparing for something they'll do in college and being nationally ranked! "
I loved the contest! Parents said it was like the math they do in Germany. It seemed meaningful. It was a great way to compare our learners with others the same age. Love the e-mail updates and awards. The medals were very special. The certificate were nice for the effort the students but forth. Thank you!"
" Excellent problems! I bought a previous competition to practice with and loved having problems for the younger students to work on. My older students do MathCounts,
but I've had a hard time finding appropriate
problem-solving for younger ones. I think the
key is to harness their interest while they're
young and excited. Thanks so much for doing all
this work for us in the ranks!"