About BMT

BMT was founded by Jing Jing Li and Soumya Basu in 2011 and the first contest was in 2012. It has persisted for more than eight years since its initiation. At the time only one hundred students showed up to a relatively small math competition. Today, we have around 700 middle school students for BmMT and 1200 high school students for BMT including Olympiad-level mathletes.


The Berkeley Math Tournament Asia (BMT) is a UC Berkeley student-led organization that aims to spread mathematics and the spirit of mathematical competition globally by presenting students with interesting, original, hand-crafted problems. As of 2021, we are one of the largest student-run math competitions on the West Coast with over 2000 contestants.

BMT Asia will be live and students outside of China who would prefer to compete in BMT Asia due to a time zone preference are welcome to do so. Students will receive official awards and be ranked on our global leaderboard.

BMT is open to high school students in grades 12 or below. In particular, there is no lower age limit to compete in BMT; middle schoolers and advanced elementary students are welcome to compete. Coaches can register up to 6 students per team. There are no restrictions on how many teams/students a single coach can register. You do not have to be local to the Bay Area or California to register for BMT.


Frequently Asked Questions

Graph paper and calculators are prohibited, but protractors, rulers, and compasses are permitted. Blank white scratch paper will be provided for all participants. All answers must be exact, reduced, and simplified. Illegible answers will not be graded. Cheating in any form will not be tolerated, and failure to comply with all rules may result in immediate and irreversible disqualification.

The General Round is highly encouraged for students who are new to the math competition atmosphere with little to no contest experience. As a result, the Focus combinations count for double the number of points a General Round does. The Focus combinations require more specialized knowledge of the following domains: 

  • Calculus: Differentiation, optimization, related rates, integration, sequences / series
  • Geometry: Areas and volumes, two and three dimensional Euclidean geometry
  • Algebra: Equations and summations, functions and inverses, theory of roots and polynomials
  • Discrete: Discrete probability, counting and combinations, modular arithmetic, divisibility and primes, base arithmetic, linear Diophantine equations,  geometric probability

Individuals seeking to maximize their scores should take the Focus combination that they are most comfortable with. Students can choose the General Round or Focus combination on the student portal the day of the test.