Quick Information

The contest will be held online this year.
Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021
Time: Grades 4-6 will take the contest at 10:30am ET and grades 7-8 will take the contest at 2:30pm ET.
See the Schedule tab for more information.
Eligibility: The competition is open to students from the 4th to 8th grades. Those in 3rd grade and below may register as 4th grade. Students may only take one contest, that for their own grade level.

This year, students must have access to a computer with internet access and a camera, and will be required to remain visible on camera for the duration of the competition (75 minutes), being proctored on Zoom by a BCA Math Team member or coach. If a family has multiple students who are testing at the same time, they must each have their own computer for viewing the tests and submitting answers.
Registration: Registration is now open! Click here for instructions on how to register.
Registrations to the Joe Holbrook Memorial Math Competition are non-refundable and non-transferrable. In addition, by registering, you grant the Bergen County Academies and the BCA Math Team the right to publish the name and likeness of your child.
After the Contest: Results will be compiled and awards announced approximately one week after the contest date, and released via a video posted publicly and sent to all participants. High scoring students from each grade will be invited to a second round which will take place in the spring of 2022.
Contact: To discuss any issues, please email us at alizha22@bergen.org or yulkim22@bergen.org .
*If your child needs a fee waiver, please contact us for a request.


The contest will be held online this year. All times are in Eastern Time.

Morning Session (grades 4-6)
9:45am - Check-in
10:30am - Students must be in competition rooms at this time. Rules review.
10:45am - Competition begins
12:00pm - Competition ends

Afternoon Session (grades 7-8)
1:45pm - Check-in
2:30pm - Students must be in competition rooms at this time. Rules review.
2:45pm - Competition begins
4:00pm - Competition ends


The competition will be held online this year.
Bergen County Academies Bergen County Academies

200 Hackensack Avenue

Hackensack, New Jersey 07601


Note that the format of the exam has changed as of 2017. The new format is listed below:
Duration 1 hour and 15 minutes
Questions 40 Numerical Response
Check the archive for sample questions.
Participation Individual, Grade-Specific Competition
Calculators Not allowed
  • General Rules

  • Calculators are not allowed.
  • This is an individual test, so you may not communicate with anyone else taking it.
  • Once time begins, we will not answer any questions about the problems.
  • You will have 75 minutes to solve 40 problems. Once time is called, you must put down your pen or pencil and stop working.
  • Scores will be posted on the website. Your score will appear next to your identification number.
  • Specifics
  • You have a test paper, answer sheet, and scrap paper.
  • You may use space on your test paper and additional scrap paper to do work. Your answers must be written on the answer sheet. We will not look at answers written on your test paper.
  • Each problem has only one answer. If you put more than one answer for a problem, you will be marked wrong. When changing an answer, be sure to erase or cross out completely.
  • Write legibly. If the graders cannot read your answer, it will be marked incorrect.
  • Fractions should be written in lowest terms. For example, if the answer is 1/2, then 2/4 will not be accepted although the two fractions are numerically equal.
  • Please convert all mixed numbers into improper fractions.
  • Rationalize all denominators. In addition, all numbers under a square root must be squarefree.
  • All other answers should be written in simplest form.
  • Do not approximate constants.
  • If a unit is indicated in the problem, the answer must be given in that unit. For instance, if the problem asks for the answer in hours, you cannot give your answer in minutes. Furthermore, you don't need to write the unit, as the graders will assume your answer is in the units asked for in the problem.
  • There is no penalty for guessing.
  • Ties will be broken based on the number of correct responses to the last ten questions. If a tie remains, then the correct responses to the last five questions will break the tie.
  • We will announce how much time is remaining often during the test.
These tests are difficult, and if you answer many of the questions correctly, you will have done an outstanding job. Good luck!