Individual Test Part 1- (25 questions in 25 minutes with no calculators. Each question is worth 1 point) - This sections will be multiple choice and similar to the more computational and conceptual problems found in prior year multiple choice math superbowl tests. The key here is computational fluency and the expectation that the average student may not be able to finish all 25 problems in 25 minutes.
Individual Test Part II- (5 questions in 30 minutes with calculators. Each question is worth 5 points) - This section will be free response of problem solving problems. These word problems will be similar but slightly easier than the team test problems. The 5 problems will also have a range of difficulty starting with #1 being the easiest of the 5.
Team Test - (5 questions in 30 minutes with calculators. Each question is 20 points each) - This will be the same as past years except for the change in point value.
Hands-on Competition - Same as past years. Top finishers will receive certificates but this section will not figure in the overall scores.
The individual awards will be for the top individual scores from adding
together the two individual tests. Each test is worth 25 points for a
total of 50 points.
Grade level awards will be for top school scores from adding together the two individual tests (25+25) x 4 and the team test of 100 points. Notice that the major change here is that each of the three sections will be worth 1/3 of the schools overall score, where in the past (prior to 2014) the individuals test were worth 8/9 and the team test was worth 1/9 of the team score.
School level awards will be calculated by adding together the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade team scores.
All changes were made with the premise that the testing should take about the same amount of time and allow for all awards to be distributed shortly after the hands on competition and Keynote as done in past years. We also were working to make changes with the idea of identifying the top mathematicians while aligning the competition more with the common core.
Highlights of Changes (starting 2014)
Problem solving is now 2/3 of the time and 2/3 of the score of the competition. Problem solving is now tested both as a team and individual event. Computational and procedural fluency is still critical and worth 1/3 of the score. The individual scores are worth 2/3 of the team score. The hands-on competition is a highlight for many schools and is often won by schools that did not place in the other competitions. No changes were recommended to the hands on competition.