Unlike previous years, February registration will not be open at the same time and will be postponed until we have a better idea of what the spring will look like. Note that participation in this year's November tournament will not impact your chances of being admitted to the February tournament.
Most students participate in teams of 4-6 (November) and 6-8 (February). Although we normally allow a limited number of individual competitors to participate in unofficial teams formed on the day of the competition, we ask that students who wish to participate in the team rounds try to form themselves into teams of 4-6 prior to the November competition. After registration opens, we will organize a platform (likely on Discord) for individuals to meet each other and form teams. If you cannot find a team but indicate interest in being on a team during individual registration, we will do our best to match you with other students in your time zone, but we cannot guarantee assignment to a team. Individuals who wish to participate only in the individual rounds can indicate this in individual registration.
At this time, details regarding the February competition have not been set in stone. Any information regarding the online tournament below will only apply to the November tournament.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I purchase spots to attend HMMT?
The 2020 November tournament is offered free of charge and is open to all.
Any organization selling spots to attend the 2020 November tournament should
be reported to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Which tournament should I apply for?
Choose the tournament that best suits your ability and experience.
For more information, see
If you are still unsure, you are welcome to contact us at
Can I attend both tournaments?
Given the special circumstances of this year, participation in the November tournament will not impact your chances of being admitted to the February tournament. Competitors have the ability to participate in both tournaments.
How many teams can I register?
Since there is no cap on the number of teams who can participate in the online November tournament, each organization can register as many teams as they would like. However, to protect against abuse of our policies, we are instituting a soft cap of 10 teams and 10 individuals per organization. If you believe that your organization needs to exceed this cap, please contact us at
How are the teams selected in the application?
For the November tournament, all registered teams will be able to participate.
Who can I form a team with?
For the online November tournament, we are not requiring that all members of a team attend school within 150 miles of each other as we do for in-person tournaments. Rather, we suggest forming teams with members in similar time zones to make collaboration easier. We realize that it is easier to find interested students nearby in some regions than others; please let us know at
if your team has extenuating circumstances.
How do I register as an individual?
More information will be available once registration opens.
If I already registered last year, am I all set?
No. You need to re-apply every year that you intend to compete. Since there is no cap on the number of teams who can participate in the online November tournament, the top 40 Sweepstakes policy will not apply.
When do I have to finalize my rosters?
Prior to the registration deadline, you can change your team and individual applications as much as necessary. After the deadline, you will not be able to reselect which students are part of your organization, but you can redistribute your students among your teams. Team rosters must be filled by the confirmation deadline and can be updated online up until 2 weeks before the tournament date.
How much does it cost to attend?
There will be no participation fee for the online November tournament.
Do teams need to be proctored by adults?
All teams must be registered by an adult. Since members of a team may be competing together from different physical locations, we are not requiring adult proctors.
Will there be rankings and/or prizes?
There will be no rankings or prizes for the online November event.
Can international students participate?
Yes, international students can participate in HMMT.