National Mathematics & Science Competition 2021 Information


Date Math Competition (Grades 4-8), April 24, 2021 (Saturday): 8 am - 5 pm in each time zone
Math Competition (Grades 9-11), April 25, 2021 (Sunday): 8 am - 5 pm in each time zone

Physics Competition (Grades 9-12), April 24, 2021 (Saturday): 1 - 3 pm EDT/10 am - 12 pm PDT
Qualification Math: 4th - 11th Grade students from the United States
Physics: 9th - 12th Grade students from the United States
Online Registration March 22, 2021 through April 15, 2021 (Only the first 200 students will be accepted for each grade.)
Exam and Duration
Math Physics
Part 1:  20 multiple-choice questions
Part 2:  5 free response questions with integer-valued answers.
12 multiple-choice questions with 10 choices for each question.
60 minutes (Grade 4 & 5)
80 minutes (Grade 6 - 11)
85 minutes (Grade 9 - 12)



Chapter Orientation date/time
Alabama 4/17/21 @ 1 PM (CDT)
Arkansas 4/17/21 @ 4 PM (CDT)
Austin TX 4/17/21 @ 11 AM (CDT)
Central VA 4/17/21 @ 1 PM (EDT)
Chicagoland 4/17/21 @ 1-3 PM (CDT)
Dayton-OH 4/17/21 @ 1:30 – 3:00 PM (EDT)
Eastern Carolina 4/17/21 @ 11 AM (EDT)
Georgia 4/17/21 @ 11 AM (EDT)
Idaho 4/17/21 @ 10 AM (MDT)
Nebraska 4/17/21 @ 11 AM (CDT)
New England 4/17/21 @ 2 PM (EDT)
New Jersey 4/17/21 @ 11 AM (EDT)
New York Metropolitan 4/17/21 @ 11 AM (EDT)
North Carolina 4/17/21 @ 11 AM (EDT)
North Texas 4/17/21 @ 3 PM (CDT)
Orlando Central Florida TBA
Sacramento 4/17/21 @ 2 PM (PDT)
Seattle 4/17/21 @ 11 AM (PDT)
Southern California 4/17/21 @ 10 AM (PDT)
South Texas - Houston 4/17/21 @ 1 PM (CDT)
Tampa Bay 4/17/21 @ 4 PM (EDT)
Washington DC Metro 4/17/21 @ 11 AM (EDT)


If anyone finds typos on these sample problems, please let KSEA HQ know.

These sample problems and their answers are provided, without warrants, to help students better prepare for the mathematics exam. Actual exam questions may be similar to these samples. (updated on 1/16/2018)


  • There are 2 methods of proctoring that are required for this exam:
    • • Remote proctoring by NMSC proctors via Zoom, link accessed via a personal smartphone.
    • • On-site proctoring by a parent/guardian
  • Remote Proctoring through Zoom on your smartphone
    • • You MUST log in to the Zoom video proctoring through your smartphone.
    • • You MUST stay logged in on the Zoom meeting with your webcam on. Your test will be terminated if you are out of frame
    • • You MUST mute your microphone throughout the exam
    • • You MUST position your smartphone to show your child’s back and the computer screen.
    • • You MUST send your child’s first name through your smartphone before and after the exam.
    • • In case of questions, contact the proctors using Zoom chat
  • On-site Proctoring by a parent/guardian
    • • A parent/guardian will be proctoring the exam
    • • The parent/guardian must agree to the Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct in Part 0 in the Moodle website. Otherwise, you cannot access the exam (Part 1 and Part 2).
    • • The student taking the exam must also agree with the Student Code of Conduct in Part 0 in order to access the exam (Part 1 and Part 2).
    • • The student should not have any open windows or browsers other than the exam site and/or the Zoom video proctoring meeting.
    • • Errors may occur when trying to access other services or performing actions beyond those provided in this guideline.
  • On-site Proctoring by HQ
    • • If your parent/guardian is not available to proctor on April 24th or 25th, you will be required to join the KSEA HQ proctoring Zoom link by 3 pm (EDT).
    • • There will be only one session of HQ proctoring, so be sure to login before 3 pm.
    • • Please contact by Thursday, April 22, 5:00 pm in each time zone, to request this service on either April 24 (Sat) or 25 (Sun) (3 pm EDT/12 pm PDT).
Proctoring Zoom Link:
NMSC 2021 Math Test (Saturday, April 24, 2021) 24th Math Proctoring Link
NHSPC 2021 Physics Test 1 PM - 3 PM EDT (Saturday, April 24, 2021) 24th Physics Proctoring Link
NMSC 2021 Math Test (Sunday, April 25, 2021) 25th Math Proctoring Link
Do/Don’t for the test
  • Do
    • • Clear your desk so that only your computer and work materials are present (5 pieces of scratch paper and a pencil)
    • • Position your smartphone so that it has a clear view of you, your computer screen, and your work space. Make sure that your smartphone is in a stable place before the test begins. (Picture goes here)
    • • Follow proctoring guidelines thoroughly to ensure that testing goes as smoothly as possible
    • • Make sure to say your name and that you are here before taking the exam and after taking the exam. (Example being “XYZ is here” with ‘XYZ’ being your first name).

  • Don't
    • • Do not position your smartphone in an area that is unstable or where your smartphone is likely to tip over and fall.
    • • Leave your seat/desk to do something such as going to the restroom. Stay in the frame of your smartphone at all times.
    • • Don’t make sudden movements or reach for items that are not in your work space, such as tissues or water. Try to remain within your workspace.
    • • Make sure other people or pets do not enter the frame of your smartphone or your workspace.
Procedure during test day
  • For parents who are proctoring their children during this test:
    • • Ensure that you and your child agree to and fill out the Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct as well as the Student Code of Conduct in Part 0 of the exam in order to be able to access the entire test
    • • Ensure your child does not enter other browsers or windows during the test. Only the exam browser should be open throughout the testing period.
    • • Make sure to not give your child hints throughout the exam, let them take the test alone. (Hints would include “Did you change your answer to fractions?” or “Maybe you should work through that problem again”)
Proctoring tutorial

How to log in Moodle for actual test


Topics Covered (subject to change):

  • 4th - 7th grades: standard and challenging grade level topics
  • 8th grade: up to Algebra 1
  • 9th grade: up to Geometry and some Algebra 2 (no logarithms)
  • 10th grade: up to Algebra 2 (some Trigonometry)
  • 11th grade: up to Precalculus (including Trigonometry and logarithms)