Math Contests

Marmion Junior High Math Contest

    • Saturday, November 17, 2018
    • Marmion Academy
      • 1000 Butterfield Road
      • Aurora, IL 60502
    • 9:00 - 12:00
    • Consists of one or two 5-person teams
      • Any grade level (5-8)
        • No more than three 8th graders on each team
    • Individual written portion
      • 20 questions
      • 30 minutes
      • Calculators allowed
      • Each problem will be worth 1 point.
      • The top 4 scores for each team will be counted towards the final team score.
    • 5-person team portion
      • 20 questions
      • 30 minutes
      • NO CALCULATORS
      • Each problem will be worth 3 points.
      • The 5-person team score will be combined with the individual scores to form the final team score.
    • Participating schools are divided into two divisions based on school size.
      • <250 7th and 8th graders enrolled, then those schools will be in Division 1
      • >250 7th and 8th graders enrolled, then those schools will be in Division 2.
    • Awards
      • First, second, and third place trophies will be awarded to the top three teams in each division.
      • Medals will go to the top three 8th grade individual scores and the top two 7th grade individual scores in each division.
      • Ribbons will be awarded to members of the 5-person teams with the top five scores in each division.
      • There will be no ties; tie-breaker questions are included.
    • Schedule
      • 8:45 - 9:15 - Sign-in and welcoming in cafeteria
      • 9:20 – 9:30 - Opening Ceremony - Lux Dining Hall
      • 9:35 – 10:05 - Individual Written Contest - Yender Hall
      • 10:20 – 10:50 - 5-Person Team Contest - Lux Dining Hall
      • 11:00 – 11:45 - Refreshments - Lux Dining Hall
      • 11:45 – 12:15 - Awards Ceremony - Alumni Gymnasium

IMSA Junior High Math Contest

    • March 13, 2019
    • IL Math and Science Academy
      • 1500 Sullivan Road
      • Aurora, IL 60506
    • 8:00 - 2:30
    • 7th and 8th grade levels
      • Compete separately
      • 6th graders allowed to participate
    • Smaller schools compete in Division A.
    • Larger schools compete in Division AA.
    • Students have the opportunity to participate in three events:
      • Individual
      • Team
      • Critical thinking
    • Rules
      • Each school may bring a maximum of 20 students to compete in the JHMC.
      • Each student is allowed to use a calculator that is acceptable for use on the SAT.
      • Students should bring a calculator and writing utensils; all other materials will be provided.
      • Students may participate at either their own grade level or one above it.
        • Students may participate at different levels in different events.
        • Students below seventh grade may participate in any event.
      • Individual Competition
        • Both the seventh and eighth grade levels
        • Consists of 20 questions
        • 40 minutes
        • Up to 8 contestants
          • 2 alternates at each grade level
          • Students may not compete at more than one level
        • 7th grade competition includes:
          • Arithmetic
          • Simple introductory algebra
          • Basic geometry
        • 8th grade competition includes:
          • 7th grade topics
          • Algebra (more complex)
          • Geometry (introductory)
        • Each correct answer is worth 3 points, for a total of 60 points.
        • A school’s total for this event is the sum of the top four contestants’ scores.
        • Awards
          • Given to the top 3 individuals
          • Given to top 3 schools at each grade level in each division
          • Alternates are eligible for individual awards.
      • Team Competition
        • Both 7th and 8th grade level
        • Consists of 20 questions
        • 40 minutes
        • 4-person teams
        • Each school may enter up to 2 four-person teams at each grade level
          • Students may not compete at more than one level.
        • Each team will work collaboratively to answer the questions and may submit a single answer sheet for the team competition.
        • Same content covered as individual competition
        • Each correct answer is worth 6 points, for a maximum possible score of 120 points.
        • A school’s total for this event is the sum of the two team scores.
        • Awards will be given to the top 3 teams and top 3 schools at each grade level in each division.
      • Creative Thinking Competition
        • 5 staggered questions
        • 25 minutes
        • Up to 8 two-person teams per school
          • 2 two-person alternate teams
          • At least 1 seventh grader
        • Questions are based on an extension of a normal curriculum
          • Logic puzzles
          • Tangrams
          • Constructions
          • Magic squares
          • Pattern recognition
          • Manipulation of numbers
        • 5 questions, one at a time
          • Timing will begin when teams receive their first question.
          • Maximum of 5 minutes to complete the first question
          • After 5 minutes, the first question will be collected and the second will be distributed.
          • After 10 minutes the second will be collected and the third distributed; and so on.
          • Teams may, if they finish a question before the 5 minutes are up, move on and use their extra time on the subsequent questions.
        • Each correct answer on the creative thinking competition is worth 12 points, for a maximum possible score of 60 points.
          • Partial credit may be given.
        • Ties will be broken by total time taken.
        • A school’s total for this event is the sum of the top four pairs’ scores.
        • Awards will be given to the top 3 pairs and top 3 schools in each division for the individual competition.
          • Alternate pairs are eligible for team awards.
      • Appeals
        • If, during a competition, a question seems ambiguous, the student should use his or her best judgment to answer the question.
        • After each competition ends, the answer sheets will be collected, and the correct answers will be posted.
        • Coaches will be given 30 minutes after each contest to submit formal, written protests to the grading room.
        • All decisions by the judges and graders are final.
      • Speed Round
        • A fast-paced, buzzer lock-out style competition will be held after lunch and before the awards ceremony.
        • Schools will elect one participant to compete; results will not be included in a school’s total score.
      • Awards
        • In addition to the awards listed above, awards given to the 3 schools with the highest cumulative score.
          • A school’s cumulative score is the sum of the scores of the:
            • top four seventh grade individuals (240 pts max)
            • top four eighth grade individuals (240 pts max)
            • seventh grade teams (240 pts max)
            • eighth grade teams (240 pts max)
            • top four creative thinking pairs (240 pts max), for a maximum of 1200 points
      • Lunch
        • Students typically eat from IMSA’s meal provider, Sodexho, for $2 per student.
        • Lunch forms will be mailed out in January.
        • Students may also bring packed lunches from home.
        • Ordering out is not permitted.