## What is a good score on the Putnam exam?

The average score is usually between 2 and 8 (1 problem completely corrrect = 10 points), and the top scorers often get 100+ points of 120 – which is ridiculously hard to do. The cutoff for the top 500 is usually between 20 and 40 points, judging by recent data.

### How do I study for Putnam math competition?

How to Prepare for the Putnam Math Competition

- #1: Work Through Practice Problems. Putnam math exam questions aren’t quite like any other math questions.
- #2: Take High-Level Math Classes.
- #3: Participate in Practice Putnams.
- #4: Create a Study Group.

**How hard is Putnam Competition?**

The Putnam Competition is widely regarded as one of the most difficult mathematics competitions in the world. This year’s competition was taken by 4,638 students, of whom 1,145 achieved a score of zero out of a possible 120 points, and only 1,274 students scored more than 10 points.

**Has anyone gotten a 120 on the Putnam?**

Among the three top scorers — Sah, Zhang, and Zhu — two earned a nearly perfect score, and one (who prefers not to be named) earned a perfect score of 120 points. This is only the fifth time in Putnam’s history that a test-taker received a perfect score. Competitors were also ranked by participating institution.

## What math do you need for Putnam?

The topics cover a range of material in undergraduate mathematics, but most problems require only calculus (MAT 295-296-397), linear algebra (MAT 331), and discrete mathematics (MAT 375).

### What is the highest score ever on the Putnam?

120 points

Each problem is graded on a 0-10 point scale, for a maximal total score of 120 points. Putnam exams are notorious for their difficulty, and the 2012 edition was no exception. The highest score among all participants was 100 out of 120 points, and the median score was 0 points.

**How many hours should you study for math?**

As a general rule, for every 1 hour, you spend in class, you will spend 3 hours out of class studying / reviewing what you have learned. Therefore, to learn math from zero (1st grade) through 12th grade, you will need 10,320 hours to study math.

**Which country has toughest maths Olympiad?**

Don’t panic if it left you bewildered. Some of the world’s best mathematical brains have been having trouble too. The British IMO team’s leader, Dr Geoff Smith of Bath University, said it was the hardest paper in the history of the IMO, which was first held in 1959.

## Why are math competitions important?

Problem solving skills acquired through participating in math competitions have long lasting positive effects which will help a student through their education in college as well as professional or academic careers. As these competitions become tougher, the participation of girls including their achievements at higher levels drop significantly.

### What is the International Math Contest?

The International Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM) is a competition that challenges teams of undergraduate students to clarify, analyze, and propose solutions to open-ended problems.

**What is International Math Competition?**

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country.

**What is high school math competition?**

The Stanford Math Tournament (SMT) is an annual student-run math competition for high school students held at Stanford University. SMT aims to encourage interest in math by providing students from around the world an opportunity to work on fun and challenging problems and to meet other students interested in math.