There should be some preparation sessions.
The problems involve techniques taken from the Freshman-Sophomore calculus sequence, but are quite tricky. If you can get just one problem solved, you are doing excellently. Past problems can be found on this site. Students who are getting mostly A's and A-'s in their Math courses are strongly encouraged to take part. The exam is easier than the Putnam, but far harder than anything you will get in regular classes at Virginia Tech. You should take this exam before attempting the Putnam.
Calculators, notes, books, formulae sheets are NOT allowed in the exam. Paper will be provided. There are cash prizes, some of which are open to all students (includes students from other universities), and some which are for Virginia Tech students only. This year there is $950 for the overall competition and $350 more restricted to Virginia Tech students.
Virginia Tech students wishing to take part should contact Peter Linnell by September 30, 2019 (email is a good method of contacting him), giving their email address.