Noetic Learning Math Contest

Celebrating 16 Years of Fostering Problem-Solving and Creative Thinking in Mathematics!

The Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC) is a semiannual problem-solving contest for elementary and middle school students.

We believe that problem-solving helps students to become better mathematicians, better thinkers, therefore better equipped for advanced STEM learning. The goal of our contest is to develop students' problem-solving skills, to encourage their interest in math, and to inspire them to excel in math.

During the contest, students have 45 minutes (50 minutes online) to solve 20 creative problems independently without a calculator.

Note: We will continue offering the contest in both paper-pencil and online versions for the 2024-2025 school year.

Our Unique Approach:

Grade-level Tailored and Engaging Problems: We design different problems for each grade level, enabling students to face challenges that align with their skills and allowing them to compete with peers in their age group. For younger students, we craft our problems to resemble intriguing puzzles, igniting curiosity and engagement in math.

Broad Recognition: We are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive recognition systems among national contests. The top 10% of students are honored with National Honor Roll medals, and the top 50% receive Honorable Mention ribbons. Moreover, each team is awarded a Team Winner medal for their top scorer. 

Recognition and Awards:

Team Winner Medal: The highest scorer of each team will receive a 'Team Winner' medal.

National Honor Roll Medal:  The top 10% of all participants in the nation will receive 'National Honor Roll' medals.

National Honorable Mention Ribbon:  The top 50% of all participants in the nation will receive 'National Honorable Mention' ribbons.

Team Achievement Plaque: The top 10% of teams (excluding after-school institution teams) will receive Team Achievement Plaques.


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Team Contest Dates 2024-2025
Fall Contest: November 14 - 27
Regular Registration Deadline: Oct 24
Late Registration Deadline: Nov 7

Spring Contest: April 3 - 17
Regular Registration Deadline: Mar 13
Late Registration Deadline: Mar 27

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What Teachers Say About NLMC

" The math contest was truly a wonderful experience, from the practice problems all the way to the finish line of receiving medals!  The quality you offer is unsurpassed in every respect. The results were timely and easy to interpret.  My students sincerely benefited from this experience, and I will be entering more groups in the future."

Julia M.
Hilldale Elementary, OK

" Thank you for offering this contest. It is growing in popularity in our school and certainly helping us put a focus on problem solving. We look forward to participating in the contests again next year."

Kate R.
Mary, Mother of the Redeemer School, PA

" 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. "

Lyuba C., Reche Canyon Elementary, CA

" 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. "

Jennifer M., Cross Creek Elementary, GA

" 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! "

Michelle C., Big Hollow School, IL

" 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. "

Melissa F., Creek View Elementary, AL

" 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. . "

Gidget A, Celebration K-8, FL

" I liked the contest. I really liked the excitement my students experienced, and the recognition for thinking 'Math IS Cool'. "

Vickie, Classroom Teacher, NC

" We have participated in many different ones, but yours is one of the most organized ones, where all of the logistic details are explained to the team leaders, all the results are clear and all students are awarded with very nice rewards, both certificates and medals. Thank you so much for your attentiveness to the details of the contest! "


" I wanted to thank you for this wonderful opportunity to challenge our students. Our school has been participating for 4 years now. Each year you've made improvements to the website, and now printing the certificates for the students is even easier! It is a huge time saver for me. It is a great feeling to see the excitement when the students receive their awards."

Winnie S., Sycamore Canyon School, CA

" This was so easy to participate in! You gave enough instruction to help us along, but also enough flexibility to make it work. Thanks, "

Lael M.,Calvin Christian Elementary, MI

" 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! "

Kathleen F. , Buel Elementary, OR

" 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!"

A Teacher

" 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!"

A Gifted Teacher