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Home-schooled students reside in a school district and in most states are entitled to participate in the activities of that school for extra-curricular activities. Contact your local high school and ask in what contests the mathematics students regularly participate. Most states have a state examination called the "Indiana" Mathematics League in Indiana and the "Pennsylvania" Mathematics League in Pennsylvania. These tests cover all of high school mathematics except for calculus and are given six times a year. Each test consists of six questions for which only the answer counts. There is also a national mathematics test given for algebra, geometry, precalculus and calculus. This, too, is given six times a year. Ask your local school district about this as well. If you have no success, write back and I will get an address for you to inquire as an individual. Each year, the American High School Mathematics Examination is given. In the year 2000 there will be a new examination for students in grades 9/10 as well as the regular AHSME exam for all students in high school. This examination has to be administered by a participating registered school. Call your district school about this as well. It is given in February of every year. In the Consortium, a newsletter from the COMAP corporation in Cambridge, MA, there is a US Talent Search. This is an interesting competition because students send in their solutions to six contest problems, five or six times a year. These problems are read by college professors, commented upon and returned to the students You might also wish to get in touch with the mathematics supervisor at the state level in your state and determine if any of the local universities or mathematics organizations in the state sponsor contests. In Indiana, there is the Indiana State examination in algebra, geometry and comprehensive every April, sponsored by the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Locally, Indiana University South Bend sponsors a math contest on a Saturday morning in May covering the four topic areas of Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus and Calculus. Look in a regional or local phone book and try to find mathematics organizations. Call them and ask for help. -Marielouise, for the Teacher2Teacher service
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