2022 MoMath Masters

How to Play


Tournament Check-In

The First Round of the 2022 MoMath Masters will be hosted on a web-based tournament platform located at prelim.momath.org.  To access the tournament server, you will need to check in with your registered email address.  (If you are unsure about your registered email address for the 2022 MoMath Masters, check with your host or table sponsor, check your registration email, or email mastershelp@momath.org.)

MoMath strongly advises that you check in well in advance of the competition round so that you may have sufficient time to address any issues.  After submitting your registered email address, look for a confirmation email with your unique access link to the tournament platform — do not share this link with others.  Click on this link to participate in the competition.  The first round of competition will kick off at 4:00 pm ET (New York) on February 22.

If you have trouble checking in, please call 212-542-0566 or email mastershelp@momath.org.

Once you log in, you will stay logged in to the online competition, provided you are not in incognito mode and do not clear your cookies.  If you are in incognito mode or clear your cookies after check-in, you will need to repeat the check-in process.


You may begin the First Round anytime between 4:00 pm and 4:45 pm ET (New York).  The First Round ends at 5:30 pm ET (New York).  You will have 45 minutes to answer questions, starting from the moment you choose to view your first question.  Please note that you need to join by 4:45 pm ET (New York) to have the full 45 minutes permitted; participants who join later will have less time to complete the round.  If you would like the opportunity to purchase additional time (see below for more information), you need to start before 4:45 pm ET (New York).  Additional time may be purchased, but in no case will the preliminary round extend beyond 5:30 pm ET (New York).

If you qualify for the Finals Round, MoMath will call or text you between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm ET (New York).  If we can’t reach you or you do not respond, you forfeit your position in the Finals Round.

The Finals Round will be held live during the evening program, which begins at 7:00 pm ET (New York).   Finalists must be present with their videos on at 7:00 pm ET (New York) to participate in the Finals Round.  Exceptions will be made for alternates who will be notified after 7:00 pm ET (New York).  The Finals Round is estimated to kick off around 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm ET (New York), however this timing is not guaranteed, so we ask that you plan to attend the entirety of the evening program.

Please listen carefully to the instructions from the Finals Round tournament director.

Finalists will type their answers into the Zoom chat.  Only MoMath will be able to view the answers entered. 

Materials needed

If you participate in the tournament and are selected for the Finals Round, you will need to have:

  • Your video on without a virtual background
  • 15 sheets of blank paper
  • A thick marker, such as a Sharpie or magic marker

If you are a finalist, you’ll write your answer legibly on the paper and then hold up your answer to your camera.  Keep your sheet up until the tournament director directs you to pull it down.  Turning off your virtual background at this time will ensure that your answer is visible.

Before you begin

Choose a “handle” that will be used to display your progress on the leaderboard.  From the home screen, tap “Edit My Profile” to input your desired handle.

During the game

Once the tournament begins, you may start answering questions.  From the home screen, tap “Competition.”  From there, you can choose a category — Math Pulse (trivia), Gardner Greats (logic puzzles), or Math Classics (contest math) — and a difficulty level.

If you run out of time, you can make a pledge of an additional contribution to MoMath — that’s real money! — to keep going.  (You will be asked to fulfill your pledge after the competition round ends.)  The game will give you a chance to make a pledge while you are in the middle of a question, in case you need more time to answer.

You will initially have 45 minutes to complete the First Round.  If you are close to running out of time, you can pledge funds while you are in the middle of a question to receive additional time.  However, you will only be able to purchase enough time to play right up until the final deadline for the First Round, at 6:00 pm ET (New York).


If you get a question right, you win points.  If you get it wrong, points are deducted from your total.  If you answer a question — incorrectly or correctly — you are locked out of that question and your score is adjusted.

Questions are weighted based on difficulty; points are allocated based on level. More points are given for more difficult questions:

Level Correct Incorrect
Easy +100 points -25 points
Medium +300 points -75 points
Difficult +1,000 points -250 points
Elite +2,500 points -625 points


Note that your cumulative point total can drop below zero.


There are three different categories of questions: Math Pulse (trivia), Gardner Greats (logic puzzles), and Math Classics (contest math).  You may choose to focus on a single category or to answer questions from any mix of categories.  Points from all categories will be added together to generate the final score, which is the primary component used to determine which participants will be invited to compete in the Finals Round.  There are also prizes for the top scorer in each category.  Not all categories have questions at the highest (elite) point level.


You are welcome to collaborate with whomever you like, but we ask that you refrain from using internet search engines or other non-human research sources.  However, if you do work with someone else on a question, we ask that only one of you enter the answer into your contest portal.

Important information

If you have participated in the MoMath Masters in prior years, please be aware of the following changes that were implemented when the event became online-only:

  • The First Round of the competition will take place before the evening program begins.
  • During the First Round, once you start the competition, your 45-minute timer starts and cannot be paused.
  • You can revisit a question if you have not yet submitted an answer to that question.  You cannot revisit questions that you have already answered.
  • It is possible to have a negative cumulative score.
  • You will need to use the email address with which you were registered for the MoMath Masters in order to access the online competition.  Check with your table sponsor or host if you are unsure about your registered email address.


Contact MoMath for assistance: call 212-542-0566 or email mastershelp@momath.org.