Try-Math-A-Lon (TMAL) is a tutoring program meant to foster good study habits for students from groups underrepresented in STEM, help prepare them for standardized exams such as the ACT and SAT, groom them for success in STEM courses and promote competition and good sportsmanship. The TMAL competition includes teams composed of high school students in grades 9–12. TMAL consists of two components: in-person testing as a team and a quiz bowl. 

The TMAL rules should be used to guide TMAL coaches/advisors in preparation for the national competition. Please read thoroughly to have a good understanding. TMAL coaches/advisors are encouraged to prepare their teams as early as possible and share TMAL preparatory materials with other math, science or technology professionals who may be able to help TMAL teams prepare for the competition. TMAL coaching can begin as early as the summer through March of the next year. 

Team Registration

  • Each team will consist of four students and a mandatory alternate.
  • Teams can be a combination of students in grades 9–10 for Lower Division and grades 11–12 for Upper Division.
  • TMAL teams can consist of students from the same grade level (e.g., four seniors or four sophomores).
  • Teams must be composed of active NSBE Jr. members.
  • Attendance at the 48th Annual Convention is required

TMAL Competition Components

All teams have the opportunity to compete at the TMAL national competition, to be held at the NSBE Annual Convention. 

Application Procedure

TMAL registration is completed via an online application through Jotform. The links for the applications can be found here: (Lower Level | Upper Level). Each team interested in participating for the 2022–2023 program year must submit an application for the program and meet all of the team requirements. Completing all of the information in the application is vital.

Critical 2022 - 2023 Dates

For quick reference, the following target dates are listed to ensure your participation in TMAL. For further information on the upcoming NSBE conferences, please visit



TMAL Team Application
Final submission deadline is Sunday, October 9, 2022. Participation confirmation will be sent out by Monday, October 17, 2022.
TMAL 2022 - 2023 Challenge
Teams must submit a list of four participating students and an alternate (total of five students) to by Sunday, January 8, 2023. PAT team test and submission will take place prior to the National Convention in February 2023.
National Competition
Held at NSBE’s Annual Convention March 22 - March 26, 2023 in Kansas City, MO.TEC and the Quiz Bowl will be on the Thursday and Friday of Convention.

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