Math Contest Preparation at Kueis
Here at Kueis we offer preparation classes for Math Contests ranging from the Elmacon (Starting from Grade 5) to the AMC (Upper High school years). Our Mathematics instructors not only teach students techniques to complete such contests but also give insight to the various ways one may approach the question at hand. Furthermore, practice exams will be administered, marked, and worked through with the student so that they can fully prepared to enter the contest. Not only will your child be able to learn problem solving skills that will prove to be useful in higher math courses, but also have something on their profile to set them apart from other students. Below are the various contest in which our students compete.
The Elmacon Math Contest is aimed for Grade 5, 6 and 7 students where each grade is a separate division. Each division is comprised of three rounds named Sprint, Target and Countdown, where Sprint and Target are written and Countdown is a verbal one-on-one competition. The top 25 participants in each grade are acknowledged and the top ten participants from each grade advance to the CountDown Round in which the compete in an the oral round.
The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) develops and administers many internationally recognized contests such as the Gauss, Pascal and Euclid. Many schools in Vancouver also run these contests.
The Gauss is for students in Grade 7 and 8 and based on curriculum common in all Canadian provinces. It comprises of 25 multiple choice questions for a total of 150 marks with a 60 mins time limit.
Pascal, Cayley and Fermat
The Pascal is for students Grade 9 and below, the Cayley is for students Grade 10 and below and the Fermat is for students Grade 11 and below. Early questions require only concepts found in the curriculum common to all Canadian provinces; however, the last few questions are designed to test ingenuity and insight. Rather than testing content, most of the contest problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem solving. They all comprise of 25 multiple choice questions for a total of marks with a 60 mins time limit.
Fryer, Galois, and Hypatia
The Fryer is for students Grade 9 and below, the Galois is for students Grade 10 and below and the Hypatia is for students Grade 11 and below. Questions are based on curriculum common to all Canadian province; however, rather than testing content, most of the contest problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem solving. The contests comprise of 4 questions where some require answer only and somen the full solution. Marks for full solution questions assigned for form and style of presentation, w a total of 40 marks with a 75 min time limit.
The Euclid is for students in their final grade of secondary school or very motivated students in lower grades. Most of the problems are based on curricula up to and including the final year of secondary school; however, some content might require students to extend their knowledge. The contest comprises of 10 questions where some require only an answer and others a full solution. Marks for full solution questions assigned for form and style of presentation, for a total of 100 marks with a time limit of 2.5 hours.
The American Mathematics Competitions are a series of examinations and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice exam whereas the AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute-minute, multiple choice exam. For students who perform exceptionally well on the AMC 10/12, they are invited to continue participating in the AMC series of examinations that culminate with the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The first in this series is the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME), followed by the USA Mathematical Olympiad and Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO and USAJMO). The top students from the USA(J)MO are invited to the Mathematical Olympiad Program in the summer after the exam. Students from the Mathematical Olympiad Program are then eligible to be selected for the following summer’s six-member team that will represent the United States of America at the IMO. (Source: maa.org)