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Besides their role in university admissions and scholarships, how much significance should an aspiring mathematician assign to contest results? How should one contrast them with grades?

Obviously, a very high score is a sign of mathematical aptitude and a very low score a sign that improvement is required. What does a middling score (i.e. second quartile or low first quartile) indicate?

Lastly, how are such contests perceived by professional mathematicians?

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# Testing How significant are math contests / competitions?

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