American Scholastic Math Association ASMA contests

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What is ASMA ?
ASMA contest is conducted by American Scholastic Mathematics Association
(ASMA).
This is 33rd year of the competition
Creative mathematicians design each contest
Contests and questions are challenging and sensitive to the level of ability of
contemporary secondary school students.
Model is unique, 6 chances in 6 months, Like a marathon, not a sprint
Think about Indy race, same drivers, different dates, different terrain…
ASMA
ASMA is head quartered in NY
Dr Richard Plass heads the organization as Chairperson
ASMA kick start the academic competition season in US
Very important exam series
Last year 18900 students from all over the world took part in exam.
Our students came 29 (two of them) in senior level and 37th in junior level
ASMA Contest
ASMA contest is a series of six contests. Each contest examination set consists of
seven questions. At the end of the sixth examination, the totals for all schools are
compared and an awards listing is sent to all schools with the appropriate award
certificate.
This contest provides students with an opportunity to compete
internationally with other high-ability students across the world
Contest Dates
ASMA Senior/Junior – Six Contest (Dates can vary depending on school)
Suggested dates in USA
October
09, 2014
November 13, 2014
December 11, 2014
January
08, 2015
February 12, 2015
March
12, 2015
ASMA junior and senior
Junior Contest
Junior contest is for 9th and 10th graders. Student will get 35 minutes
to answer the question. There will be 7 questions in each
contest. Calculators may be used but not shared by students
Senior Contest
Senior contest is for 11th and 12th graders, format is same as that of
Junior exam. Student will get 35 minutes to answer the question.
There will be 7 questions in each contest. Calculators may be used
but not shared by students
TLUPS Resources
Syllabus
Previous question papers and answers
Students handbook for Junior and senior separately
Online resources
TLUPS training
Training will be provided by a local teacher.
Students will have to review the course material before they attend
this class
Teacher will not go through the entire syllabus. These are review
sessions
Teacher will go through the past question paper and solutions
Students will get help with topics they find difficult.
Exam strategies
Relax – this is a simple test
Prepare – you have enough materials….prepare for few hours, solve
past questions, ask doubts, we are available on email and on net
Engage – collaborate, form study group, math club
Art of problem solving – solve problem, not apply formula
Think, enjoy
Exam strategies
Few strategies
1. Simplify the problem
2. Reflect on successes: Start with problems that are similar to the
one you face, but even think about others that have nothing to
do with your current problem. Think about the strategies you
used to solve those problems, and you might stumble on the
solution.
3. Ask for help
4. Start early
Results
The exam starts in October and ends in March. There will be one
contest every month.
Final marks will be the average of all six contest
Difficulty level is different for each exam. Some exams can be easy
and some hard.
Certificates will be awarded after 6-8 weeks on completion of the
exam.
One sample Junior question
One shepherd, Paul, said to another, Jason. “Give me eight sheep
and we'll have an equal number.” Jason answered, “No, you give me
eight sheep and then I will have twice as many as you.” How many
sheep did each shepherd have?
Sample question answer
Let S = no of sheep Paul has and T = no of sheep Jason has
From Paul's statement S+8 = T-8 or S = T-16
From Jason's statement (S-8) 2 = T + 8
Substituting
(T-16-8) 2 = T + 8
2T – 48 = T + 8
T = 56
Then S = 40
Paul had 40 and Jason 56.
Sample Senior contest question
N years ago Alice was twice as old as Bill was then.
If Bill is now 30 years old, how old is Alice in terms of N?
Sample Senior question answer
A – N= 2(B – N)
B=30
A – N = 60-2N
A=60-N
Contest dates
American Scholastic Math Association Senior/Junior – 6 Contest
October 9, 2014
November 13, 2014
December 11, 2014
January 08, 2015
February 12, 2015
March 12, 2015
American Math Association
AMC 8 - November 18th, 2014 (for 7 to 9th graders)
AMC 10 – February 25th, 2015 (9th to 10th graders)
AMC 12 – February 25th, 2015 (11th and 12th graders)
University of Waterloo
Euclid (Grade 12) - April 16th, 2015
Fermat(Grade 11) - February 26th, 2015
Hypatia (Gr. 11) - April 17th 2015
Harvard University and MIT
Nov 15th no restrictions any one can write, online, three rounds

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