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Elementary Contest

Grades 4-6

Coordinator: Jerry Trick

Full results of the 2015 Elementary State Math Competition can be found here.


For the Regional and State Math Competitions, there are two different ways that ties are broken for awards.  If two students tied with the same score in an event (e.g. Target with a score of 30), their Borda scores were compared to see which student answered the more difficult questions.  The student with the lower Borda score would place higher than the other.  To break absolute ties in Sprint or Target at either the Middle or Elementary level, we looked at the students' opposing event scores.  Say that Students A, B and C are all tied with a score of 30 on Target, all with the same Borda scores indicating they answered the same 3 questions correct.  We then look at their Sprint scores.  Say Student A has a Sprint score of 60, Student B has a sprint score of 55, and Student C has a sprint score of 50.  Then to break the tie on Target, Student A would be first, Student B would be second, and Student C would be third.  In Number Sense, if a tie occurs, the students generally have the same number correct and the same number incorrect to get the score they receive.  To break this tie, we looked at the two students’ sheets, and the student who answered the highest number question correct would receive the higher place.  So, for example, Student A’s last correct answer is question #30 and Student B’s last correct answer is #38; Student B would win the tie. 

Any St. Louis area student interested in mathematics (mostly for grades 4-10) is welcome to join the Washington University Math Circle.  They meet on Sunday afternoons and have speakers talk about a different math topic each time.  This is a wonderful way to prepare for contests of all sorts.  Please click here for more information!

Special Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations may be made to allow students with special needs to participate.  A request for accommodation of special needs must be directed to local or state coordinators in writing at least three weeks in advance of the local or state competition. This written request should thoroughly explain a student’s special need as well as what the desired accommodation would entail. Many accommodations that are employed in a classroom or teaching environment cannot be implemented in the competition setting.  Accommodations that are not permissible include, but are not limited to, granting a student extra time during any of the competition rounds or allowing a student to use a calculator on non-calculator rounds. Contest coordinators will review the needs of the student and determine if any accommodations will be made.

Websites for Extra Practice Problems & Problem Solving Techniques

  •  This site allows you to sign up for sample practice problems that will be similar to those on the elementary and middle contests this year.

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