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The Math Talent Quest screening exam is a 60 minutes test designed for elementary and middle school students. The test consists of 24 multiple choice and short answer problems.

Click on "Practice Tests" under "MTQ Exam" on the left to view the 2011-2012 Math Talent Quest Screening Exam and practice problems.

This year's Math Talent Quest will be held on an open window from March 6th to March 13th, inclusive.

This year, proctors have 3 options to submit student answers. Please choose only one option:

1. A proctor may choose to have all students take the test in a computer lab, and the students can enter answers directly into an answer submission form. Proctors still need, however, print out the exam for the students. An electronic version of the exam shouldn't be used.

2. If a computer lab isn't available, the proctor may have all the students take the test in a normal classroom and fill out an answer form (provided by us). Then, the proctor would need to enter all the answers from students into an online answer submission form. Unlike last year, this year we've improved this form significantly that it's much easier and faster to enter answers.

3. A proctor may choose to mail all the student answer forms to us using the P.O. Box address provided. However, Math Talent Quest can't reimburse the mailing fees due to out limited funds.

For registration information, please click on "Registration" on the top bar.

Rules:

1. No calculators are allowed.

2. Time limit: 60 minutes.

3. There are a total of 24 problems divided into 3 sections, with each section worth a different point value.

4. Scoring: 10 points for each correct answer for problems 1-8; 20 points for each correct answer for problems 9-16, and 30 points for each correct answer for problems 17-24.

5. Your final score is the sum of the points you earn from each of the 3 categories described above.

6. Problems 1-8 are multiple choice. Answers for problems 9-24 are integers from 000 to 999.

7. International student may use a dictionary, but it must be checked by proctors before the test. The dictionary can not contain any math-related formulas or expressions (words, like circle and triangle, are fine).

8. The only tools permitted on the test are pencils, erasers, compasses, rulers, protractors, and graphing paper. No electronic devices can be used. No reference sheets or equation sheets can be used.

9. Proctors should be adults (possibly volunteers) drawn from schools, homeschools, independent learning centers, or math circles; no proctor should proctor his or her own child.

10. If a proctor chooses to take option #1 and let the students take the test in a computer lab, no programs other than the answer submission form may be opened on the computer.

Requirements:

Students should be familiar with Algebra 1 topic, basic geometry, and simple combination topics. No problem requires knowledge from above Algebra 1 or Geometry, though higher level knowledge might be helpful. Notice that although several problems can be solved using 1st or 2nd grade knowledge, they should be challenging to even middle school students, as their difficulty levels are beyond that of an elementary school. Note that a problem's difficulty level is different from the level of math it requires.

Difficulty:

The difficulty of the test ranges from AMC 8 problems to basic AMC 10 problems. Competitions like Math Talent Quest are designed to spread out the performance of top-level students; thus, it is very common for average scores to be less than 50%, even for students who may be top students in their own schools. Students should not be discouraged by such numbers, but understand it is part of what makes math competitions different from common school tests. A summary of results will be posted after the competition so that students can understand where they fit in the natinoal picture.

Remember, success is not a destination. The most important thing is the experience - not the score. They're the thinking skills one gains through the learning process, and not the achievements, that are more valuable.