Frequently Asked Questions
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When and Where: Thursday, March 8, 2018, at Weber State University, Ogden Campus
Southern Utah University in Cedar City, and Utah State University Eastern in Price.
Awards Ceremony are by invitation and will be held April 12th, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Weber State Campus Map: https://www.weber.edu/weberstatemap/
Southern Utah University Campus Map: https://www.suu.edu/map/
USU Eastern in Price Campus Map: https://usueastern.edu/about/maps/price
USU Eastern in Blanding Campus Map: https://usueastern.edu/about/maps/blanding
Q: How many students can my school bring to the contest?
A: Due to the available capacity at Weber State this year, schools may bring a maximum of two (2) students from each grade level. If your school has three grades, you can only bring six students total. We will try to increase the number of students who can participate in 2019. Additional inquiries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: How does a school determine which students to send?
A: If schools would like students to take an online pre-test to determine who to send to the state math contest the teacher may contact Weber State mathematics professor, Shawn Broderick, at email@example.com for assistance. This is not required as the schools are free to use their own methods to determine who to send.
Q: What exam will my student be taking at the event?
A: Students in grades 7, 8, and 9 will take the Junior Level Exam, while students in grades 10, 11, and 12 will take the Senior Level Exam.
Q: What topics will be covered on the test?
A: The test will consist of questions drawn from the following topics: Geometry, Algebra, Number Theory, Combinatorics, and Probability. Calculus and Trigonometry will be included in the Senior Level Exam.
Q: Where can I find practice tests to study?
A: Click the “Exams and Solutions” tab across the top of the page and you will be able to view past exams and their corresponding answer keys.
Q: Why are no calculators allowed?
A: We cannot monitor all the calculators that would make cheating possible; for example, some calculators can now communicate with each other. The exams are designed to be done without a calculator.
Q: How is the exam scored?
A: The scoring will be 6 points for a correct answer, 1.5 point for a blank answer, and 0 points for an incorrect answer.
Q: What do the Teachers and Bus drivers do while the students are taking the exam?
A: We will have plenty of tables set up for chatting and relaxing or you can explore campus. This should be an enjoyable and productive time for the teachers, as well as the students!
Q: Should I bring any money?
A: Lunch is provided for participants. However, there will be other activities on campus participants might want to pay for.
Q: What else should I bring to the exam?
A: Each student should bring a #2 pencil.
Q: Can you save on the registration fee by not eating lunch?
A: The registration fee is the only funding we have, and is necessary to run the competition. We are not able to give discounts, even if you decide not to eat lunch after the exam.
Q: I calculated my score (with the key posted online) and it doesn’t match my published score. Why?
A: We use a machine to grade the student exams (scantron sheets). If you didn’t erase a wrong answer sufficiently, the machine will think you answered the question with two choices, rather than one. In that case, you will get it wrong. Also, if you don’t fill in the bubble completely, the machine will miss it. We do not hand grade any exam. As a student, you must take the time to fill in the bubbles completely and erase erroneous answers completely.
Q: Can I ask questions of the proctor during the exam?
A: No. To be fair to all students, we will not answer any questions during the exam. You may, however, raise your hand to ask to go to the bathroom or get a drink.
Q: What should I do if I have a special need during the exam, e.g. I have to use the bathroom or I notice someone cheating?
A: Please walk up to the proctor quietly and explain your need or concern immediately. The proctor will be glad to help you.
Q: Are the scores going to be published?
A: Yes. 2018 results have been published.
Q: How were the 2018 junior and senior tests be scored?
A: Because of errors on the tests when they were administered, items 6, 8, 9, 10 were not be scored on the junior test and items 4 and 36 were not be scored on the senior test. Note that the items were corrected for the online versions for future study.
Junior test errors:
- Item 6 - This item on the given test was missing sets of parentheses in the answer choices.
- Item 8 - There are actually 15 ways to find the sum of 7 and 15 wasn't an answer choice on the given test.
- Item 9 - The square root symbols were not in the answer choices on the given test.
- Item 10 - It ended up that two of the answer choices were correct.
Senior test errors:
- Item 4 - It ended up that two of the answer choices were correct as in Item 10 on the junior exam.
- Item 36 - The square root symbols were not in the answer choices on the given test.
Shawn D. Broderick, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of
Tracy Hall Science Center, 381Q
Dept. office hours
WSU, Department of Mathematics
Administrative Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Weber State University
Department of Mathematics
1415 Edvalson St., Dept. 2517
Ogden, UT 84408-2517
Tracy Hall Science Center (TY)
Room 381, Mail Code 2517
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