How to Join UMTYMP

See the About UMTYMP page for information about the program, and general questions about admissions and eligibility. Each spring, students can apply to start UMTYMP in the fall, either in Algebra I or Calculus I. It is not possible to start in UMTYMP Algebra II, Geometry or Math Analysis (PreCalculus.)

Students in grades 7-10 who will have completed the "traditional" high school curriculum by the end of the school year (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, PreCalculus with Trigonometry, or equivalent courses) can take our Calculus Qualifying Exam in May. Contact our office directly by mid-April to register for this exam.

The vast majority of students join UMTYMP in Algebra I. Each year about 900 students apply to UMTYMP Algebra and take our Algebra Qualifying Exam. We generally accept about 150 students in the Twin Cities, and about 25 in both Duluth and Rochester. Dates and registration information are posted on this page by January 1st each year.  After reading the information below, you can register with this link; the form includes essays that must be filled out by the student.

UMTYMP Algebra Qualifying Exam

Students who wish to begin UMTYMP Algebra in the fall must take the qualifying exam in the spring. The priority registration deadline for the UMTYMP Algebra Qualifying Exam is March 18, 2016 for the Twin Cities and April 21, 2016 for Rochester and Duluth. After this date, registration may still be possible if space is available, but you will be charged a late fee. Regardless, some of the test sessions fill up, so we recommend registering as early as possible.

Registration for the entrance exam costs $60. (There is currently a $30 discount for the Duluth site.) Scholarships for student with financial need are available. Please contact the office if the exam fee is a hardship.

In the Twin Cities, qualifying exams will be held on the University campus on the following days:

Date Times
Saturday 4/8/17 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm
Wednesday 4/19/17 7:00pm
Saturday 4/22/17 9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm

In Rochester, the exam will be held on the UM-Rochester campus on April 22, 2017 (9:00am or 11:00am) with an information and practice test session on 4/15/17 (9:30-noon). 

In Duluth, the exam will be held on the UMD campus on May 4 (7:00pm) and May 6, 2017 (9:00am or 11:00am) with an information and practice test session on 4/29/17 (9:30-noon).

The practice test and early exam session in February in the Twin Cities are closed.

Information about the Exam

What is on the UMTYMP Algebra Qualifying exam?

It is a specialized aptitude examination built on pre-algebra mathematics knowledge. A good mastery of elementary and junior high school mathematics is expected and innate problem-solving skills and strategies are essential. The exam stresses accuracy, understanding, and speed.

Two sample questions are shown below. In each problem, students are given two quantities, labeled (a) and (b), and are asked to determine whether:

  • (a) is greater than (b),
  • (b) is greater than (a),
  • they are equal, or
  • there is not enough information to say.

Speed is important on the exam; students have an average of 30 seconds to solve each of these questions.

Sample Questions

How can I study for the Qualifying Exam?

It would be very difficult to study for the exam, since it measures speed and reasoning skills more than any particular area of mathematics. The most we can offer is the UMTYMP practice test sessions described above, in which students learn about the testing process and work with University faculty members to develop their reasoning skills and test taking strategies. Experience has shown that this kind of information can reduce a student's anxiety about the test, which can (but may not always) lead to an increased score.

Algebra Exam Registration

Registration for the Spring 2018 UMTYMP Algebra Qualifying Exams will be available by Mid-December 2017.

The online form includes essay questions which should be answered by the student.  Registration will not be complete until our office receives the fee; please follow the directions when you submit the application.