Math Olympiad

The Chipola Mathematics Olympiad is an annual competition open to the 15 secondary schools in Chipola College's five-county district. 


Sponsors should complete a pre-registration form by the deadline. Registration updates may be made prior to competition by contacting Pat Barfield at 850-718-2409 or

The only changes permitted on the day of competition will be the deletions of participants. No additions will be allowed.



In an effort to make the Olympiad as enjoyable and fair as possible, Chipola has formulated the following rules. Please examine the various rules as summarized below in order to determine which of your students can compete in the different competitions.

  1. In Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II, and Scholarship contests, a maximum of three (3) students from each school will be allowed to participate. A maximum of five (5) students may participate in the Trigonometry contest. The Scholarship and Trigonometry contests will be held at different times to allow students to participate in one or both of these examinations.
  2. A participant in the Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II contest must be enrolled in that respective course during the 2018-2019 year. A student is eligible to compete in the Trigonometry contest if he or she is presently enrolled in a mathematics course subsequent to Algebra II or Geometry. Only seniors may participate in the scholarship contest.
  3. If a school is not offering a particular subject during the 2018-2019 year, but offers that subject on a rotating basis, the school can designate individuals from the last class offered in that subject to participate in that particular subject matter contest. A student may participate in each subject area contest only one time.
  4. A student may register for more than one individual competition as long as it does not conflict with any of the other rules.


Team Award

Teams for the overall written competition will consist of three (3) students with the highest score on the individual exams in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. No person can represent more than one area on the same team. A maximum of one team per school will be allowed. The winner and runner-up of the team competition will be determined by the sum of the highest scores of the team members in each of the individual contests. A school is not required to enter a team to participate in the competition.

Ciphering Contest Team

The three students representing their respective schools in Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II will compete as a team in the ciphering contest. A team may have fewer than three members.

Composition of Exams

Each competition will consist of a timed, multiple choice exam lasting one hour. The Algebra I, geometry, Algebra II, and trigonometry exams will measure the concepts learned in those respective courses. The scholarship exam will include various concepts from geometry, algebra, trigonometry, analytic geometry, calculus, and statistics. The only exam that allows the use of a calculator is the trigonometry exam which has both a calculator and noncalculator portion.


The student’s individual exams will be graded in the following method: +1 for each correct answer. In the event of a tie in the number of correct answers in places three through ten, student winners will be decided on the basis of number of correct answers per least amount of time. However, where possible, duplicate place awards will be given. If a tie score occurs between students in places one and two, the student who finishes first will be given the award.


All students will receive certificates of achievement for having been selected by their school to participate in the Olympiad. Trophies will be presented to the first and second place award winners. Medals of achievement will be awarded for the third through the tenth positions in Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, and trigonometry. The number of awards given in scholarship category will be based on the number of participants taking the test. The top winner will receive a $100 scholarship to Chipola College. Permanent awards will be given to the schools who finish first and second in the team competition. Awards will also be given to the first and second place winners in the ciphering competition.


8 - 8:45 a.m. Registration
9 - 10:10 a.m. Algebra I, Geometry and Trigonometry Written Exams
Ciphering - Algebra II
10:10 - 10:20 a.m. Break
10:20 - 11:30 a.m. Algebra II and Scholarship Written Exams
Ciphering – Algebra I and Geometry
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch and Program
1 - 1:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Meals and Refreshments

Students will be able to purchase snacks in the cafeteria. Chipola College will provide lunch to all Olympiad participants at no cost to the students, sponsors, or schools.


For additional information, please contact Pat Barfield at 850-718-2409 or