What is the Putnam Competition?

The Putnam Exam (officially known as the William Lowell Putnam Math Competition) is a very challenging, six-hour mathematics exam administered by the Mathematical Association of America. It is given on the first Saturday in December, and is composed of two 3-hour sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, each with six questions. Each question is worth 10 points (for a total of 120).

Scholarships and cash prizes ranging from $250 to $2,500 for the top students and $5,000 to $25,000 for the top schools are given by the Putnam committee.

Am I eligible?

If you are an undergraduate student and enjoy solving math problems, then YES, you are eligible to take part in this exam.

How can I participate?

Each year the Putnam exam will be held on the first Saturday in the month of December. If you wish to participate, you must register by completing this form . There will be two sessions on the day of the exam. Session A from 9:00 am - 12 noon and Session B from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Free lunch will be provided between the two sessions (courtesy of the ISU Mathematics Department) for those who take this exam.

For more information visit the Putman Exam website !