Rocket City Math League

"Many kind regards and thanks for all you do with the Rocket City Math League. We have had a blast this year...the enthusiasm among our students and math club members is growing." —Mu Alpha Theta Sponsor

The Rocket City Math League is a free, international, math contest that is open to all middle, high school, and two-year college students enrolled in pre-algebra through precalculus and above math courses.

This competition is completely FREE due to a generous grant from Mu Alpha Theta.

General information about the Rocket City Math League:

  • There are three 45-minute tests for each division, each consisting of 10 questions.
  • The Interschool Test consists of teams of students working on a 15-question test for 30 minutes and using a single answer sheet.  Teams will compete at 2 levels.  Any team with any member in 10th grade or above competes in Division A.  Everyone else competes in Division B.  No school can compete in both divisions.

To compete in the Discovery Division, students must be currently enrolled in that level's mathematics requirement or higher.  For all other levels, students must be currently enrolled in or have completed the mathematics course at that level and cannot be enrolled in or have completed a higher-level mathematics course.  In order to be eligible for awards, students may compete in only one level:

  • Explorer Division - pre-algebra students (or any student who has not yet entered algebra I. Test content, however, will be at an advanced pre-algebra level)
  • Mercury Division - algebra I students
  • Gemini Division - geometry students
  • Apollo Division - algebra II students
  • Discovery Division - All students who are currently enrolled in precalculus or who have completed precalculus, including all calculus students

Two-year college students wishing to compete in the Rocket City Math League would compete in the following levels:

  • Explorer Division - pre-algebra students (or any student who has not yet entered beginning algebra)
  • Mercury Division - beginning algebra students
  • Gemini Division - geometry students
  • Apollo Division - intermediate algebra students
  • Discovery Division - college algebra/trig students, students in calculus and above

Two-year college students may compete in the level they fall in during the fall semester for the whole year, but may also start in the higher level if they feel confident in their abilities.  Once a student has started a level, they must stay at that level for the whole contest.  If enough two-year colleges compete, there will be separate prizes for college students.  If there are not enough two-year teams in the Interschool Test, two-year teams will be in Division A.

Testing dates for the 2019-2020 competition:

  • Interschool Test: October 28 - November 18, 2019
  • Round One: January 13 - 31, 2020
  • Round Two: February 10 - 28, 2020
  • Round Three: March 9 - 27, 2020

Tests are allowed to be administered on any one day during the testing period, as determined by the sponsor.

Team scores are calculated by adding the top five scores of all students in the same division and enrolled in the same school.

The top 25 students in each level will win a trophy and the top 10 schools in each level will win a plaque.  Mu Alpha Theta will provide other prizes, as well, including copies of Mathematica Software and TI Graphing Calculators. We cannot ship trophies, plaques, and prizes to international schools.

All materials related to the Rocket City Math League, including test, solutions, and RCML guidelines, are emailed to each school or made available online, where the team sponsor can make copies and administer the tests during the periods designated above.

How can I register for the RCML contest?

Registration for the Rocket City Math League can be done through its website  All teams or individuals who participate in the Rocket City Math League will need a sponsor, such as a math team coach or a math teacher, who will register for the contest, proctor the tests, and input the scores online.

Copies of last year's tests and sample tests can also be found on the RCML website.


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