Utah State Math Contest 2003-2005
at Weber State University







F. A. Q.



The 2006 contest will be held at the University of Utah, for information follow this link.

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2005.

Optional site: (follow links for details)
Students from the Southern part of the state may choose to take the exam in Cedar City , at Southern Utah University.

Time: the exam in Ogden, at Weber State University will start between 9:30 and 10:00 and last two and a half hours long. Lunch will be served between 11:00 and 1:30.


bulletno calculator allowed
bulletregistration fee: $15/student, includes lunch
bulletat most 5 students per grade from every school (grades 7-12), regardless of school size (a few extra students above the limit can be accommodated)
bulletprizes will be awarded during an award banquet to:
bulletindividual winners in every grade
bulletbest teams in every grade (by adding the best 3 individual scores out of the 5 member team) in two divisions, for 4A and 5A schools and for all other schools.

Registration :  
Online registration is preferred and please do it as soon as possible. We ask for one coordinating teacher from every school to collect the registration information and serve as a contact person.  It may be a different teacher(s) who accompanies students to the contest.  A password was mailed to every school, if you did not receive it, please contact David Imig.

Exams: follow this link to access current and past exams and exam solutions that we have available.  These can help the preparation for the competition.  The 2005 pretests is available on our secure website using the password that has been mailed to every school (Java must be enabled on your computer to view these files).

Award Banquet: Scheduled for Thursday April 28, 2005, at 6:00 p.m. Winning individuals, their guests and teachers will receive invitations.  The location is the Gallery in the Shepherd Union building.  See map for details.  Park in any parking lot except from A1.

Contact Information: With any questions please contact David Imig by e-mail or on the phone at (801) 626-8096.  Please browse through the list of most frequently asked questions below first.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can schools bring more than 5 students per grade?
Yes, we will have room for extra students, but in the team competition only five students will count. Unless otherwise specified, we will automatically assume the first 5 students that have been registered to form the team. We ask that no school brings more than 10 students from any grade.

2. How can registration information be changed?
If you need to change the name or date of birth of a students who has been registered, you can either do it by phone (801-626-6600) or by e-mail (sosenrollment@weber.edu).

3. What can a teacher do who was not given (by the end of the year) or lost the password?
You need to e-mail David Imig and ask for the password. Once your identity is verified with your school, the password will be e-mailed to you.

4. Why are no calculators allowed?
This is a longer topic.  The organizing committee DOES find calculators useful with teaching and doing mathematics.  However, we also believe that improper use of calculators is largely responsible for a generation growing up with no or very little number sense. It is a pain to see a college student reach for the calculator to divide 45 by 1 (it happened to me).  Our message with this policy is that calculators have a limited place in mathematics, and that does not include our contest. 
     On a more practical level, we cannot monitor all the calculators that would make cheating possible, for example some calculators can now communicate with each other.

5. Can you save on the registration fee by not eating lunch?
We know that the registration fee is a burden on every school's budget.  Unfortunately, it is the only funding we have, and is necessary to run the competition.  We are not able to give discounts, even if you decide not to eat lunch after the contest.

6. How is the exam scored?
A correct answer is worth 4 points, an incorrect one is -1 point. That way, the expected value is 0, and one is not awarded for blind guessing (neither is one punished though...). If one answer can be surely eliminated, guessing one of the other four possibilities is a good strategy.

7. What happened to the Moab test site?
Unfortunately, for the last two years there was very little interest in taking the exam in Moab, so we had to stop offering the exam there.  If there will be more interest in the future the Moab site may reopen again.  Until then we ask schools to arrange for travel to either Cedar City or Ogden.