Frequently Asked Questions

I can't afford the registration fee. What should I do?
Please send us an email explaining your situation, and we'll see what we can do.

I'm not yet sure which students will be competing on my team. Can I register?
Yes. We need to know the number of students competing, but we won't need the names of the students until the day of the contest.

I'm not from the Los Angeles area. Can I compete?
Definitely. To help pay for transportation and hotel costs, we recommend that you ask your school and local businesses to sponsor your team. If you can't afford to stay at a hotel, contact us and we'll try to find students willing to host you.

I'm homeschooled. Can I compete?
Yes. You can register as an individual, and we'll help you find a team.

I want to compete, but I don't have a team. What should I do?
First, try convincing other people at your school to be on your team. If that doesn't work, try finding teammates in your area by posting on our forum on Art of Problem Solving. If that doesn't work, please email us. We will do our best to make sure that everyone who wants to compete can do so.

My team is not affiliated with any school or organization. Can we still register?
We'd prefer if you formed a team at your school. However, if you're having trouble finding teammates at your school, we will let you compete on a team with students from multiple schools.

Where does my registration fee go?
Most of the registration fee covers lunch and t-shirts. We use the rest to pay for prizes, breakfast for volunteers, advertising, supplies, and other things needed to run the competition.

How hard will the problems be?
We'll try to have a good mix of difficulties. There will be problems that everyone can handle, but some of the problems will be very challenging, so don't expect to be able to solve almost every problem. If you want to get a feel for the sorts of problems we will have, take a look at past CHMMC problems, but keep in mind that the individual round problems at CHMMC 2014 (Fall) will be easier than the individual round problems at CHMMC 2010 (Spring). You can also take a look at the archives of HMMT and the Duke Math Meet.

Why is your competition on the same day as this other really cool event?
We looked into several other events when picking the date for CHMMC to avoid conflicts, but we can't think of everything. Also, sometimes the dates for those events hadn't been posted yet. Please email us the name of the event, and we'll try to avoid conflicts in the future.

Why aren't calculators allowed at CHMMC?
We don't want students to have an unfair advantage because they can afford better calculators.

If I compete, will I get a really cool prize?
Maybe. It depends on how well you do, and how cool our prizes are. In the past, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we have had Art of Problem Solving gift certificates, games from Set Enterprises, books from Springer, Mathematica licenses, MathZoom gift certificates, and copies of Matlab. We'll try our best to have even more cool stuff for this year.

My question hasn't been answered here. Who should I ask?
Send an email to chmmc-help at caltech dot edu, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.