Contest Information

Summary
  • The tournament will take place at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South (346 Clarksville Road, West Windsor, NJ 08550) on Saturday, October 27th, 2018.
  • 3rd - 5th grade contestants should be at the competition by 9 AM, and 6th - 8th grade contestants should be here by 2:00 PM.
  • 3rd - 5th grade contestants must be picked up at 1 PM, and 6th-8th grade contestants must be picked up at 6:00 PM.
  • Bring a pencil (pen does not work with the Scantron, but you may use it on the short answer portion); don't bring calculators or drawing tools. Bring your $15 registration payment in cash, unless you choose to pay by mailed check (instructions here). Checks must be mailed before October 17th in order for them to arrive in time for the tournament.
  • The contest is 15 multiple-choice and 5 short-answer questions in 30 minutes for 3rd - 5th graders, and is 25 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions in 40 minutes for 6th - 8th graders. See past contests here. After the contest, there are 1 - 1.5 hours of mini-events.
  • ID is required for every student. Acceptable ID is either your school-issued student ID card or any other official photo ID verifying your name and age (either on a phone or printed out).

Schedule

The 2018 WWPMT contest will take place on Saturday, October 27th, 2018.

The contest consists of two halves; the first half (in the morning) runs from 9 AM - 1 PM and is for 3rd to 5th graders. The second half (in the afternoon) runs for 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM and is for 6th to 8th graders. Please note: all 3rd to 5th graders need to be picked up by 1 PM and all 6th to 8th graders need to be picked up by 6 PM.

Below is a detailed schedule of the competition:

Time
Event
Morning Contest (3rd to 5th graders) begins. No 6th-8th graders should be present during the morning contest.

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Check In: All 3rd-5th grade contestants need to arrive during this time. Please arrive and park at the back entrance of the school (the Penn Lyle Road side). Contestants should have a printout of their registration confirmation (either the email or the version on the site after registration is fine) as well as $15 cash, if they have not paid for their registration online. After checking in, students should walk into the school theater adjacent to the check-in area where the opening ceremonies will happen.

Please note: late contestants will not be allowed to participate, so please be on time.

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM

Opening Ceremonies: All contestants must be checked in by this time. The opening ceremonies will last twenty minutes; important directions and an overview of the competition will be given here. After the opening ceremony, students will be led to their testing locations in the lunch areas.

10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

Testing: The main competition lasts 30 minutes for 3rd-5th graders and consists of both a multiple choice portion and a short answer portion. After the test, students will be led to their mini-event rotations (located in the school classrooms) by WWPMT volunteers.

11:05 AM - 12:15 PM

Mini-Events: These fun activities are the highlight of the tournament; they are run by WWPMT volunteers and include events like Secret Codes and Rubik's Cube (see below for a full listing). After the mini-events, students will be led back to the theater for the closing ceremonies.

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Closing Ceremonies: Awards will be given out for high-scoring participants on the 30-minute contest as well as for mini-event winners. After the awards ceremony, parents must pick up their children and leave the tournament premises as soon as possible.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Volunteer Break: Volunteers will have lunch and will reset both the testing locations and their mini-events to their original conditions in preparation for the afternoon contest. No contestants are to be on the school premises during this time.

Afternoon Contest (6th to 8th graders) begins. No 3rd-5th graders should be present during the afternoon contest.

2:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Check In: All 6th-8th grade contestants need to arrive during this time. Please arrive and park at the back entrance of the school (the Penn Lyle Road side). Contestants should have a printout of their registration confirmation (either the email or the version on the site after registration is fine) as well as $15 cash, if they have not paid for their registration online. After checking in, students should walk into the school theater adjacent to the check-in area where the opening ceremonies will happen.

Please note: late contestants will not be allowed to participate, so please be on time.

2:40 PM - 3:00 PM

Opening Ceremonies: All contestants must be checked in by this time. The opening ceremonies will last twenty minutes; important directions and an overview of the competition will be given here. After the opening ceremony, students will be led to their testing locations in the lunch areas.

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

Testing: The main competition lasts 40 minutes for 6th-8th graders and consists of both a multiple choice portion and a short answer portion. After the test, students will be led to their mini-event rotations (located in the school classrooms) by WWPMT volunteers.

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Mini-Events: These fun activities are the highlight of the tournament; they are run by WWPMT volunteers and include events like Secret Codes and Rubik's Cube (see below for a full listing). After the mini-events, students will be led back to the theater for the closing ceremonies.

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Closing Ceremonies: Awards will be given out for high-scoring participants on the 40-minute contest as well as for mini-event winners. After the awards ceremony, parents must pick up their children and leave the tournament premises as soon as possible.

Eligibility/Format

You must be a 3rd - 8th grader at the start (sept) of the 2018 school year in order to be able to compete at the tournament.

ID is required for every student. No student will be admitted without acceptable ID. Acceptable ID's are a school issued ID card or the student information page on Genesis (you may present this on your phone or printed out). This is to ensure that the student receives the appropriate test for their grade level.

The test for all grades has a multiple-choice portion (15 multiple-choice questions for 3rd-5th graders and 25 multiple-choice questions for 6th-8th graders) and a short answer portion (5 short answer questions for all grades) to be completed in 30 minutes by 3rd-5th graders and 40 minutes by 6th-8th graders. Questions are roughly arranged in the order of difficulty (where the first question is easiest and the last question is most difficult), and the short answer portion is harder than the multiple-choice portion.

Multiple-choice questions have five choices and have exactly one correct choice. Short answer questions also have exactly one correct answer unless a short answer question explicitly asks for all possible answers. The multiple-choice portion of the test is scored by a machine, so the multiple-choice portion must be filled out with a #2 pencil for the marks to be readable by a machine. The implement you use to write with on the short answer portion doesn't matter, as long as its readable. Please avoid using red pen on the short answer portion to prevent confusion by our graders.

Your answers to the short answer portion should be in simplest possible form and should be exact answers unless otherwise specified by the question. For a full description of our policies for acceptable answers and our mathematical conventions, see this document.

All questions are solvable without the use of a calculator. Calculators and other computational aids (such as protractors, rulers, compasses, drawing tools, etc.) are not permitted for use in the contest.

Scoring/Ties

A scantron machine will grade the answers to the multiple-choice portion of the test; the short answer portion will be graded by hand.

Score is the number of questions answered correctly across both portions—there are no deductions for guesses and multiple choice questions are worth the same number of points as short answer questions. The only difference, however, is that ties will be broken by short answer score first.

In summary, ties are broken by the short answer score, then by the last question correctly answered on the short answer portion, then by multiple choice score, then by last question correctly answered on the multiple choice portion.

Please note that scores for individual students will not be released after the tournament. Emails asking for score reports will be ignored.

Mini Events

The mini-events are the highlight of the WWPMT event! We offer seven mini-events, split into three rotations: red, blue and green. When registering you may choose one rotation (each of which has two mini-events). Here's a description of the mini-events hosted at WWPMT this year:

  • Red Rotation
    • Beat the Die — Strategically place the numbers rolled on a die to attain the greatest possible sum! For a complete description, view the full mini-event description.
    • Logic Riddles — Solve logic riddles like Einstein's famous puzzle! For a complete description, view the full mini-event description.

  • Blue Rotation
    • Estimathon — Test your estimation skills — estimate possible answers for seemingly unreasonable problems! Try to estimate this: how many drops of soda does it take to fill a standard soda can?
    • 24 Tournament — Play "24", a unique game where the number 24 must be made using 4 other given numbers and any arithmetic operations, as fast as possible! For a complete description, view the full mini-event description.

  • Green Rotation
    • Pattern Exploration! (3-5th graders only) — Play fill-in-the-blank games, and explore famous patterns in shapes, colors, and numbers! For a complete description, view the full mini-event description.
    • Secret Codes (6-8th graders only) — Work through ciphers and codes to unlock hidden messages! Can you figure this one out?: JJCZG vf fb pbby! For a complete description, view the full mini-event description.
    • Rubik's Cube — Explore interesting puzzles, beat the clock with the classic Rubik's cube, or compete with friends! For a complete description, view the full mini-event description.

Prizes

Our prizes for the main contest include Texas Instruments calculators (TI-Nspires, 84s, 83s, and 36Xs), as well as trophies and medals! Prizes like books and puzzles will also be awarded for mini-event winners.

As mentioned above, scores for individual students will not be released after the tournament. Emails asking for score reports will be ignored.

Parents

Parents will not be permitted to stay inside the school during the competition. Parents traveling from far may choose to spend time at the following places in the area: