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BMT 2023 Online

Saturday, January 20, 2024

The online, synchronous version of our flagship high school tournament! For those who are unable to travel long-distance to California, or weren't able to register for BMT 2023 due to capacity limitations, we're offering an online experience as well.

The online tournament will consist of an asynchronous Power Round on January 13–14, 2024, as well as the live event, including the Guts and Focus/General rounds on January 20, 2024.

BMT is open to high school students in grades 12 or below. In particular, there is no lower age limit to compete in BMT; advanced middle school students are welcome to compete. You may register up to 6 students per team. There are no restrictions on how many teams/students can participate.

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Registration Information

Registration, Waivers, and Pricing

You may register for BMT 2023 Online on ContestDojo any time until January 10, 2024 at 11:59 US Pacific Time.

Registration is performed on ContestDojo. Coaches may register up to 6 people per team, and ContestDojo will allow them to assign and modify teams up until tournament day. In addition, for BMT Online, students may also register and form teams with other students without a coach.

The fee for the online tournament is $8 per student.

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 waiver.

Any questions about the ContestDojo portal should be directed to us at

*For students facing financial hardship, please contact for a fee waiver. We will not honor refunds during late registration.

Student Eligibility

  • Students must be in grade 12 or below to be eligible for BMT.
  • Students do not have to be from the same school.
  • Students must not have competed in a prior iteration of BMT 2023, including the California version or any of our satellites.
  • Coaches may register as few or as many teams as they wish.

Team Finder

Students may register as a team of 1, however, it is beneficial to compete on a team of at least 4 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.

Online Tournament Logistics

BMT 2023 Online will take place in two parts:

  • Asynchronous Power Round: January 13–14, 2024
  • Live Event: January 20, 2024

The asynchronous Power Round will take place on January 13–14, 2024. Tests will be released on January 13, 2024 at 9:00 AM US Pacific Time, and submissions will be due on January 14, 2024 at 8:59 PM US Pacific Time. The Power Round will be a proof-based team round, and will be graded by our staff.

Time (US Pacific Time)Event
January 13, 9:00 AMPower Round Released
January 14, 8:59 PMPower Submissions Due

The live event will take place on January 20, 2024. A prelimary schedule is provided below:

Time (US Pacific Time)Event
10:00 – 10:30 AMOpening Ceremony
10:30 – 12:45 PMGeneral and Focus Rounds
12:45 PM – 1:45Lunch
1:45 – 3:30 PMGuts Round
3:30 – 4:30 PMSpeaker Event
4:30 – 5:00 PMClosing Ceremony

BMT Rounds

Power Round (90 mins)

The Power Round is a proof-based team round. Contestants will answer a series of questions centered around a single topic not typically seen in competitive mathematics, culminating in incredible results in the field of that chosen topic. For all questions (unless stated otherwise), you will need to provide a rigorous mathematical justification for your assertions in full sentences. The topic for the Power Round will likely be at an undergraduate level, but no substantial previous mathematical background is expected.

General Round (90 mins)

The general round is an individual round consisting of questions across the various subjects that comprise the focus rounds. This round is highly recommended for students with less prior contest experience.*

Focus Rounds (60 mins)

There are four focus rounds of 10 questions across four subjects --- Algebra, Geometry, Discrete Math, and Calculus. Each student can participate in two rounds of focus exams.*

Guts Round (75 mins)

The guts round consists of 9 sets of 3 problems across various subjects in math. The key feature of this round is that each set must be turned in before the next set is given. All teams can see a live scoreboard with their standings

*Students may choose to either take the General Round or two Focus Rounds.


The tiebreakers will be held for the top scoring students in the individual round. Tiebreaker qualifiers will be announced at the end of lunch and the beginning of activities, 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.


Power General Focus Guts
Important Details Proof Based Students may choose to participate in either the General Round or two separate Focus Rounds, but not both Submitted and scored live in sets of 3
# of Questions TBA 25 10 27
Duration 90 mins 90 mins 60 mins 75 mins
% of Score Separate Ranking 60% 40%
Important Scoring Notes N/A If teams have less than 4 members, the remaining scores will be counted as 0. The General Round will only count for half as many points as the Focus combinations Teams are live scored, and there will be a displayed scoreboard
Collaboration? Yes No, students will work individually No, students will work individually Yes

Acceptable Answers

Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the acceptable test formatting document and common notions 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.

The asynchronous Power Round will not be counted towards the overall team score; we will have a separate ranking category for the Power Round.

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! BMT 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 4 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 4, 5, or 6 members. If the team has less 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.

Will there be awards?

Although we will provide an official ranking as well as certificates for top-scoring teams, there will not be physical awards for the online tournament.

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