# Rules and Procedures

**Rules:**

- For each division, the five individuals with the highest test scores will participate in the ciphering match.
- Calculators are not allowed.
- Each round of the ciphering match will be limited to 10 minutes.
- The time limit for each question will be 90 seconds.
- There will be up to 6 questions per round, depending on time available.
- 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.

- Each participant is allowed only one solution per problem.
- No answers will be accepted after the time limit expires.
- All answers should be expressed in completely simplified form:
- Expressions reduced to lowest terms
- No decimal answers
- Radicals must be simplified
- No negative exponents

**Procedures:**

- The five participants in each round will be seated in the front of the auditorium.
- Participants will be provided answer sheets with room for scratch work.
- When the problem is presented, the timekeeper will start the stopwatch and hold up three fingers for 30 seconds. During the second 30 seconds, the timekeeper will hold up two fingers; and during the third 30 sec, one finger.
- Participants will work the problem, place their answer in the space provided, and hold up the answer sheet.
- Scorers will accept the forms, determine the number of points possible by observing the timekeeper, and write this number on the answer sheet in the space provided.
- After the time limit has expired or all participants have submitted answers (whichever occurs first), the answer will be revealed, and the scorers will submit the sheets with correct answers to the scorekeepers.
- The next problem will then be displayed.
- Problems will be presented until the 10 minute limit is reached or six problems have been presented, whichever occurs first.
- Scorekeepers will then post the total points awarded to each participant.
- The rounds will proceed in the following order:

Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Calculus