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Rules and Procedures


  1. For each division, the five individuals with the highest test scores will participate in the ciphering match.
  2. Calculators are not allowed.
  3. Each round of the ciphering match will be limited to 10 minutes.
  4. The time limit for each question will be 90 seconds.
  5. There will be up to 6 questions per round, depending on time available.
  6. Points will be awarded as follows:
    • A correct answer given during the first 30-seconds will receive 3 points.
    • A correct answer given during the second 30-seconds will receive 2 points.
    • A correct answer given during the third 30-seconds will receive 1 point.
  7. Each participant is allowed only one solution per problem. 
  8. No answers will be accepted after the time limit expires.
  9. All answers should be expressed in completely simplified form:
    • Expressions reduced to lowest terms
    • No decimal answers
    • Radicals must be simplified
    • No negative exponents