The Putnam Exam
The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is held on the first Saturday in December simultaneously at colleges and universities all over the United States and Canada.
The exam takes six hours, and covers all areas of mathematics. The exam is composed of twelve problems, with six problems given in the morning and six problems in the afternoon. Each problem is worth 10 points, and all work must be shown to get credit for an answer. All test papers are sent to the Putnam Exam headquarters in California to be graded.
The students with the top five scores will receive $2500 each, and the school with the highest score receives $25000, plus $1000 for each school team member. In addition, the names of the students who scored in the top 500 are sent to graduate schools all over the country.
The Putnam Exam is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.
Any student may take the Exam. Watch for the sign-up email.