Rules & Features


  • Math Kangaroo Competition is an international, once a year event, always on the third Thursday in March.
  • The Math Kangaroo competition held its first online format in 2020, as a response to address the COVID-19 situation. The online format of the exam will begin on this designated Thursday, and may continue over the course of days or weeks to accommodate the numbers of students that participate.
  • All students grades 1-12 qualify for participation in Math Kangaroo if they are able to work independently, read, and answer a multiple choice test.
  • Each student receives a T-shirt, an electronic certificate of participation, and a gift.
  • Pictures are taken and placed on our webpage or social media; you may request to opt-out during the registration process.
  • The competition questions are appropriate for the students' age, and are both interesting and challenging.
  • Questions are chosen by the International Math Kangaroo Committee, AKSF (
  • In May (or later if the electronic tests take place) students who rank top 20 in the country and top 3 in a given state are recognized on Math Kangaroo website and receive gifts.

General Rules

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  • Levels correspond with school grades:
    • 1st Grade -- Level 1
    • 2nd Grade -- Level 2
    • 3rd Grade -- Level 3
    • .....
    • 12th Grade (Senior Class in High School) -- Level 12
  • 75 Minutes multiple choice test
  • 24 Questions for students in grades 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • 30 Questions for students in grades 5 and up
  • Here is an example of Math Kangaroo Answer Card. Learn more.
  • No aids other than writing instruments and paper will be allowed. In particular, no calculators will be allowed on any part of the competition, and any cell phones must be turned off


  • Each question has point value. 1/3 of questions are 3 points each, 1/3 - 4 points each, 1/3 - 5 points each. The sum of earned points is the student's result.
  • The result in Math Kangaroo is called the score. The score is the sum of points earned by a student in the competition. We use Scantron hardware, software, and answer cards to process the answers and obtain the results for the paper test participation. The online tests are graded by the electronic software. Each question has its point value displayed on the test booklet or the electronic test. A student earns the points when he/she marks answers properly. There are no points taken away for answering the question incorrectly.
  • The students who earn the twenty highest scores are placed on National Winners List ranked 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, or 20 - at each level nationwide.
  • The students who earn the three highest scores in their state are placed on State Winners List ranked 1, 2, 3 - at each level statewide.
  • The maximum possible score is 96 points at levels: 1, 2, 3, 4; and 120 points at levels 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
  • If several students' score is 100% or 96 points at level 4, for example, they all are rank 1 and all receive gold medals. If the greatest number of points is not 100% at some level of participation, then that number qualifies for first place, at this time. The second highest score puts a student in second place, and so on.
  • Percentile is the percentage of students whose scores are lower than your child's score at that level of participation. We provide two percentile rankings: state and nationwide.
  • Here is some short explanation of the result's report in a form of picture. See it here to learn more ...
    Results Example


  • In the country we recognize students who earn twenty top scores at each level.
  • Gold medals are awarded for the first place at each level nationwide. Silver medals are awarded for the second place at each level nationwide. Bronze medals are awarded for the third place at each level nationwide.
  • In states we recognize students who earn the three top scores at each level.
  • Blue Ribbons are awarded for the first place in state. Red Ribbons are awarded for the second place in state. White Ribbons are awarded for the third place in state. At times we change the ribbon awards to Best in State magnets.
  • In addition to medals and ribbons, the national and state winners are awarded with the Certificates of Ranking and gifts that may include: books, games, gift cards, toys, college grants and mathematical summer camps (if travel safety allows).
  • Priority with receiving grants and camps belongs to students who participated in Math Kangaroo for several years with top scores. Math Kangaroo reserves the right to make exception to this rule if academic exception is demonstrated and funds are available.
  • Awards must be claimed by September 1 of the year of the competition.