2016 State Math Contest: Monday, April 25, 2016


FAQs about the State Math Contest (for those coming to SUU)


Monday, April 25, 2016


Arrive by 9 a.m.; the test is from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. If you have to get here later, let us know ASAP so we can make other arrangements for you.


$20 per student if registered between now and February 1, 2016; $25 if registration is done February 1 - March 2. The absolute deadline will be March 2. No exceptions can be granted and there are no refunds if a student/school fails to attend.


It’s easy! Register online following this link. See “Cost” (above) for details. Each school can register at most ten students per grade.


Ballroom of the Sharwan Smith Center circled in red on the map here. Meet on the ground floor; the doors will open for students to enter the Hall at 9:15. The test begins at 9:30.


The parking lot boxed in blue on the map here, on the northwest corner of 800 W 200 S. 

Who can take the test?

At most ten students per grade from each school. There is one test for students in grades 7-9 and a different test for grades 10-12. All this is found at the main BYU link.

Will we starve?

No way! Breakfast for teachers and lunch – pizza and sodas – for students and teachers will be served.

Can my students do it?

Yes! Follow this main link to see tests from the past to judge how your students might do.

Why take the test?

There are many awards available, including scholarships for high individual and school placers. Even if you are not one of the top finishers, it still looks good on an application to college if you did well. Individuals are welcome even if your school isn't coming.

Contact people at SUU

Seth Armstrong (armstrong@suu.edu) or Robin Archibald (archibald@suu.edu); you may also phone us at (435)590-4516 (Armstrong, Math Dept Chair – can text as well) or (435)586-5448 (Robin, Math Department Administrative Assistant)

What should we bring?

Just have students bring their brains. We provide the pencils (they can even keep it - wow!), bubble sheets, and scratch paper for your students. Calculators are not allowed.

Can I guess?

Well, sure, but the phrase anything is possible is very different from saying anything is probable! There are 40 questions, multiple choice. You get 6 pts for a correct answer, 0 pts for an incorrect answer and 1.5 pts for each non-answer. This means that it may be to your student’s advantage to guess if he/she can get down to one or two pretty good possibilities.

What if I win?

This isn’t all bad! There is an awards banquet for top individual finishers. The Awards Banquet will be held at a place to be announced later. The individual winners will each be allowed to bring two guests to accompany them to the dinner/awards ceremony.

Will it be any fun?

You must mean besides the opportunity to do math, right? Well, during lunch we talk about our math programs and also have drawings for lots of cool prizes, including one Grand Prize for teachers and one Grand Prize for students!

Schedule of Activities for Students and Teachers

We have activities planned until 1:00. We plan to have more giveaways this year, a grand prize for teachers as well as a grand prize and many other small prizes for students. The grand prizes are quite nice, but we’ll surprise you.

Students Teachers
Arrival and seating in the Ballroom of the Sharwan Smith Center Arrival and getting students ready to go and seated.
Math Test. Ballroom (Please encourage your students to take as much time as they can stand on the test—you never know but what the winning question takes the last hour to solve...) Breakfast and Social. We’ll also give you copies of the tests so you can work through them. (Students usually have many questions for their teachers about the answers to problems they tried.)
Lunch/Presentations and Prizes -Pizza and drinks will be served. While eating, SUU professors will talk about our programs for a short time and prizes will be given away. Lunch/Presentations and Prizes -Pizza and drinks will be served -While eating, SUU professors will talk about our programs for a short time and prizes will be given away.

Main State Math Contest Page Link

The Utah State Math Contest Web Page from Brigham Young University is the main link for the State.

Driving Directions

The easiest exit to take is Exit 59—the middle of the three Cedar City exits. Go E along 200 S, then take a right onto 800 West. The parking lot will be just before 300 S on your right.
Directions to SUU.