Franklin Math Bowl

The Franklin Math Bowl is a competition held on a Saturday in early November for middle school students. The competition consists of an individual 25-question, multiple choice test and a team problem solving test. The Bowl has four contests: sixth grade, seventh grade, regular eighth grade, and eighth grade algebra I. Both individual and school awards are given in each contest, usually split between large and small school divisions if sufficient numbers of students are registered. The Franklin Math Bowl is co-sponsored by the ETSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics  and the Upper East Tennessee Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Within each contest, students are divided by their coaches into teams of four. Each school may have one or two teams per contest (6th, 7th, 8th, and algebra). A school may register a total of ten students in each contest, with the last two students considered alternates. The alternates may take the written tests, but their scores will not be considered in determining contest winners, and they do not take part in the team problem solving competition.

For each contest, the problem solving portion consists of three questions, worth 10 points each, for which the team must write up their answer and a complete explanation of how they arrived at it. The written (individual) test is 25 multiple-choice questions. Correct answers are worth five points. Students may choose to omit questions by drawing a line through the entire set of answer choices; omitted questions receive one point. Wrong answers are worth zero points. So the highest possible written score is 125.

For more information, contact Dr. Daryl Stephens, director, at 423-439-6981 or e-mail .

Typical Contest Day Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Registration (usually Brown Hall Auditorium)
9:00 - 9:30 Opening Remarks
9:30 - 10:30

Round 1 -- Rogers-Stout and Alexander Hall
6th & 8th grade written test
7th & algebra team problem solving test
(Which grades take which test may be altered depending on registration numbers)

10:30 - 11:00 Break -- Alexander Hall
11:00 - 12:00 Round 2
7th & algebra written test
6th & 8th team problem solving test
12:00 - 2:00 Lunch on your own (Grading concludes during this time)
2:00 - 2:30 Entertainment by University School students
2:30 - 3:00 Awards Assembly

Past Tests and Contest Winners

New tests are written every year by different writers, so difficulty and content will vary each year. Below you will find a collection of some old tests. Answer keys were included when available. All tests are in PDF format. Go to to get the free Adobe Reader or to get the free Foxit Reader if for some reason you can't open these files.

Contest Winners from recent years:

Previous Years' Tests

The tests below are the only ones that we could find. The tests marked with an asterisk were created directly from the word processing file, so the text may possibly be copied and pasted into another program. The rest of the tests are scanned as images. Thanks to Michael Falgatter, adjunct faculty member, for scanning these in his high-speed scanner.

The written test answer sheets have answers for all the tests for that year. The problem solving tests are saved as a single file with questions and answers for all contests unless otherwise noted.

Written Tests (Multiple Choice)
Problem Solving (Group) Test and Answers
6th 7th 8th Algebra Written Answers
2012 6th* 7th* 8th* Alg* Answers* Prob Solv
2011 6th* 7th* 8th* Alg* Answers* Prob Solv
7th* 8th* Alg* Answers* Prob Solv
2009 6th* 7th* 8th* Alg* Answers* (corrected version) Prob Solv (answers are on other answer key)*
2008 6th* 7th* 8th* Alg* Answers* Prob Solv*
2007 6th* 7th* 8th* Alg* Answers* Prob Solv*
2006 6th 7th 8th* Alg Answers* Prob Solv
2005 6th 7th 8th* - Answers* Prob Solv
2004 - 7th - Alg - -
2003 6th 7th 8th Alg Answers* Prob Solv
2002 6th 7th 8th Alg Answers* PS (6, 7, & 8 only; no algebra questions)
2000 - - - - - Problem Solving (Algebra questions only, no answers)

Page last updated August 6, 2013 by . Originally created November 12, 2007.

Franklin Math Bowl logo (Ben Franklin holding a sign saying "Franklin Math Bowl")

Franklin Math Bowl 2013

Due to heavy demands on teachers (especially the FMB leadership team) making the transition to Common Core State Standards, the Franklin Math Bowl went on hiatus in 2013. Watch this space next year for information about the 2014 contest.