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. The NC Math Contest Final will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2024.



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. Last day to register will be April 17, 2024.
3. There is no registration fee for the exam this year.



Program Schedule

Campus Map

  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am — Registration in the lobby outside of Blue Ridge Room, Highsmith Student Union
  • 10:30 am – 10:45 am — Orientation in the Blue Ridge Room, Highsmith Student Union
  • 11 am – 12:20 pm — Contest takes place in the Blue Ridge Room, Highsmith Student Union
  • 12:30 pm – 2 pm — Lunch (Students can purchase lunches using a credit card only at either Brown Hall or Highsmith Student Union Food Court)
  • 2 pm – 2:15 pm — Award Ceremony in the Blue Ridge Room, Highsmith Student Union


Exam Instructions (including link to parking permits and location)

Level I, II, or III Contestants

Contest Day Check In

Registration for the contest will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. the day of the exam in front of the Blue Ridge Room, Highsmith Student Union.



Visitors can register for their permit and will park on a first come/ served basis.

Link to Parking Portal.

If you are driving a bus please give Public Safety a call @ 828.251.6710 five to ten minutes before arriving on campus. We want to avoid having the bus load/unload in the roadway.

Parking on campus will be difficult, because the semester is in session. University Heights is also closed due to construction.  If you have come to the contest in previous years, you may still need to study the map and prepare to enter campus and park in a different place this year.  We recommend parking in one of the “All permit” lots on the outskirts of campus and taking the campus shuttle.  See the campus map. Parking lot P34 off Edgewood road  usually has lots of spaces available. The RED Campus Shuttle Route stops right in front of the Highsmith Union where the contest takes place.  Due to construction, the entire shuttle route is 20 minutes long.  See this link for more information about the campus shuttle route.


Fees and Expenses

There is no registration fee. Lunch is on your own. Students can purchase lunches using a credit card only at either Brown Hall or Highsmith Student Union Food Court. 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 in the Blue Ridge Room of Highsmith Student Union. The activities of the day should conclude by 2:30 p.m..


Click Here to See Results From 2023 Contest