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Berkeley mini Math Tournament 2023

Saturday, April 15, 2023

Welcome to Berkeley mini Math Tournament 2023! BmMT 2023 will be in-person, with various satellite tournaments. The tournament will consist of 4 main rounds — Puzzle, Individual, Team, and Relay.

BmMT is open to middle school students in grades 8 or below. In particular, there is no lower age limit to compete in BmMT; advanced elementary students are welcome to compete. Coaches can register up to 5 students per team. There are no restrictions on how many teams/students a single coach can register. You do not have to be local to the Bay Area or California to register for BmMT.

Registration Information

Registration, Waivers, and Pricing

DatesRegistration PeriodPrice Per Student
2/28 – 3/20Normal Registration$20
3/21 – 4/12Late Registration$30 and there is no guarantee of contest swag.

For students facing financial hardship, please contact for a fee waiver. As long as students register during normal registration, they will receive BmMT shirts and swag as well as T-shirts and other company giveaways from our sponsors. We will not honor refunds during late registration.

We are now using a new registration portal. Coaches may register up to 5 people per team, and ContestDojo will allow them to assign and modify teams up until tournament day. All contestants are required to have their parent/guardian sign UC Berkeley’s consent waivers through this portal. Contestants will NOT be allowed to take the contest without having a signed liability and consent to treatment waiver. Any questions about managing the teams on the portal should be directed to us at

Student Eligibility

  • Students must be in grade 8 or below to be eligible for BmMT.
  • Students do not have to be local to the California Bay Area or the U.S. to participate in BmMT. Please see “Satellites” for other options on tournaments.
  • Coaches may register multiple teams. We ask that for every 2 teams, there is at least 1 parent chaperone.
  • Due to room constraints, we will cut-off registration at 600 students on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Team Finder

Students may register as a team of 1, however, it is beneficial to compete on a team of at least 3 due to our scoring guidelines. For students who do not have a full team, we organized a "Team Finder" document. Follow all outlined steps in the document.

BmMT Rounds

Puzzle Round (75 mins)

The puzzle round is a team-based round that consists of a variety of mathematical challenges designed to promote inductive reasoning and lateral thinking.

Individual Round (60 mins)

The individual round consists of 20 short answer questions spanning various subjects typically found in math competitions. This includes, but is not limited to, algebra, geometry, counting, probability, and number theory.

Team Round (60 mins)

The team round consists of 20 short answer questions. Students may work with their teams on these questions.

Relay Round (40 mins)

The relay round consists of 20 problems across various subjects in math. The key feature of this round is that some questions may depend on answers from one or multiple prior questions.


The tiebreakers will be held for the top scoring students in the individual round. Tiebreaker qualifiers will be announced at the end of the Relay Round, and will be a 15-minute test. The test will consist of three questions, and be scored primarily on correctness and secondarily on submission time; that is, an earlier submission will be worth more than a later one with the same number of correct answers, but less than a later one with more correct answers.


Puzzle Individual Team Relay
Important Details Logic Puzzle based N/A N/A Questions may rely on answers to other questions
Location Assigned Classrooms — See Tournament Guide
# of Questions TBA 20 20 20
Duration 75 mins 60 mins 60 mins 40 mins
% of Score 20% 40% 30% 10%
Important Scoring Notes N/A If teams have less than 3 members, the remaining scores will be counted as 0 N/A N/A
Collaboration? Yes No, students will work individually Yes Yes

Acceptable Answers

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the acceptable test formatting document and common notation document for details on how their answers should be submitted. Answers not submitted in the listed formats will be graded as incorrect, even if equivalent.


To calculate the individual score, we will take the average of every team member’s score on their individual portion if the team has 4, 5, or 6 members. If the team has fewer than that many members, we will add 0’s until the team has reached at least 4 scores, of which we will take the average.

While individuals are allowed to register a 1-person team, we highly encourage students without a team to use the Team-Finder to create a team of at least 4.

Scores for a given round will be normalized by either the top 10 scores or the top 10% score, whichever is greater.

If a student takes the General Round instead of the two Focus rounds, their score will only count for half as many points as the Focus combination will.


TimeStudent Event
8:00 AMCheck-In
9:00 AMPuzzle Round + Individual Round
12:00 PMLunch
1:15 PMTeam Round + Relay Round
3:30 PMActivities
5:00 PMAwards

Student Activities

Student activities will be updated here soon!

Parent Activities

Parent activities will be updated here soon!

Day of Logistics

Room Assignments

BMT will give out room assignments to teams where they will take every test during the day. Classroom assignments will be posted closer to the competition date.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are calculators or other reference material allowed?

Graph paper and calculators are prohibited, but protractors, rulers, and compasses are permitted. Blank white scratch paper will be provided for all participants. All answers must be exact, reduced, and simplified. Illegible answers will not be graded. Cheating in any form will not be tolerated, and failure to comply with all rules may result in immediate and irreversible disqualification.

Can middle school students compete? What if I don’t have a team?

Yes! BmMT is open to any student in 8th grade or below, including those who haven’t entered high school. While students are allowed to compete as individuals under “LAST_NAME Homeschool” or some other variation, we highly recommend that students compete on a team of at least 3 due to our scoring guidelines. To calculate the overall Individual score, we will take the average of every team member’s score on their individual portion if the team has 3, 4, or 5 members. If the team has less than that many members, we will add 0’s until the team has reached at least 3 scores, of which we will take the average.

How are awards handled?

Awards will be physically presented to contestants at BmMT 2023’s closing ceremony.

I’m in a different timezone or non-local and can’t compete live. What are my options?

There will be BMT Satellite competitions held through our partners across the globe for competitors wishing to compete in a different time zone.

Will lunch be provided?

Lunch is not provided for BmMT 2023. Students, coaches and parents are free to find food in Berkeley. Restaurants can be found on the south side of campus (~5 minute walk from homerooms) and downtown (~15 minute walk from home rooms)

Where can I find parking / How can I get around Berkeley?

BmMT will not be providing parking or travel arrangements for students — it is up to coaches and/or parents to handle travel logistics. There are a number of parking garages around the campus, including Underhill Structure, Lower Hearst Structure, and the RSF garage. In addition, UC Berkeley campus is very public transport friendly. If you are staying in Emeryville, Bus Line 36 will take you directly to campus, and the Downtown Berkeley BART station is next to campus

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