Hardest Math Problem! 

Energize students’ perceptions of math with fun, challenging story problems that combine math reasoning skills with writing.

Grades 5-8

Free registration & a chance to win a laptop and $3000 toward a 529 college savings plan, plus gift cards for teachers!

Registration is open every Fall.

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Students

About the Contest

The Hardest Math Problem Contest is an annual competition presented by The Actuarial Foundation, the Institute of Competition Sciences, and the New York Life Foundation that challenges students in grades 6-8 to solve multistep, grade-appropriate math problems with real-world situations and engaging characters. Plus, 5th graders are eligible to participate by reaching to a higher grade level!

The Hardest Math Problem Contest is an annual competition presented by The Actuarial Foundation, the Institute of Competition Sciences, and the New York Life Foundation that challenges students in grades 6-8 to solve multistep, grade-appropriate math problems with real-world situations and engaging characters. Plus, 5th graders are eligible to participate by reaching to a higher grade level!

Challenge 1

Open to all

The contest has closed.

Challenge 2

By invitation to qualifiers

Qualifiers will be notified on January 19!

Where are you joining us from?

Students from public, charter, private, and homeschools across the country have contributed their extraordinary ideas to the Hardest Math Problem Contest – and we’re on a mission to reach more. Do you see your town represented? Register for this year’s Contest to join your local HMP scholars on the map, or to add a brand new pinpoint!

Contest Winners

The 2022–23 contest has closed and we applaud all students’ efforts. Congratulations to our Challenge 2 winners!

GRAND PRIZE

Grade 6

Lillian M., Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Grade 7

Christina P., Rosemead, CA

Grade 8

Lucia K., Bethesda, MD

RUNNERS UP

Grade 6

Callen P., Cashmere, WA

Grade 7

Xavier C., Los Angeles, CA

Grade 8

Andrew C., Fayetteville, GA