Math Contest

State Mathematics Finals: Western Region

The math department supports the North Carolina State Mathematics Contest. Every year students from all over Western North Carolina converge on UNC Asheville to participate in the Western Region finals. See the 2019 contest results here.


1. In order to participate you must have must scored in the qualifying range at a regional testing site.
2. To register for the Western Region State Mathematics Contest please use our Online Registration form.
3. There is no registration fee for the exam this year.

Program Schedule

Campus Map

  • 9:45 am – 10:45 am — Registration in the Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena
  • 10:45 am – 11 am — Orientation in the Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena
  • 11 am – 12:20 pm — Contest takes place in the Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena
  • 12:30 pm – 2 pm — Lunch (Students are on their own)
  • 2 pm – 2:15 pm — Award Ceremony in the Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena

Exam Instructions (including link to parking permits and location)

To: Level I, II, or III Contestants
From: Cathy Whitlock
Subject: Western Regional State Finals Competition

Congratulations for qualifying to participate in the Regional State Mathematics Finals Competition. You are invited to enter the Western Regional State Mathematics Finals that will be held at UNC Asheville on Thursday, April 30, 2020.


Registration for the contest will be from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. the day of the exam in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Kimmel Arena.


Visitors can visit the link below to register for their permit and will park on a first come/ served basis. Please park in the white lined parking spaces in the Sherrill Center parking deck. If the deck is full, you may park accross the street.

Link to Parking Portal.

If you are driving a bus, parking will be available behind the Sherrill Center (cement pad). Please give Public Safety a call @ 828.251.6710 five to ten minutes before arriving on campus. If an officer is available to help you park, they will meet you behind the Sherrill Center. We want to avoid having the bus load/unload in the roadway.

Fees and Expenses

There is no registration fee. Lunch is available on the campus at the Dining Hall or in the student union. There are also a number of fast-food restaurants within easy access of the campus.

Testing and Grading Procedures

Testing will begin about 11 a.m. and last for 80 minutes.  The examination will consist of 40 questions with five possible answers each. Contestants should work independently.  All testing materials will be provided.  The contestant’s score will be determined by counting the number of correct responses, multiplying the total by 4, and adding the number of blank responses to that total.  In case of a tie, select problems will be used to determine the winner.


No calculators are allowed.

Afternoon Schedule – Announcement of Winners

The winners will be announced at 2 p.m., when we present trophies and certificates. The activities of the day should conclude by 2:30 p.m..