2020-21 Placement

Canvas invitations have been mailed out to all students. If you did not receive an invite, please let us know immediately. If you did, make sure to join the Canvas course as soon as possible and read the relevant information on the home page. If you are having trouble, please refer to this document.

Registration for 2020-21 TJMC Placement Test: https://forms.gle/JnYjByUKXMHwPqjK6

Friday, August 14: Canvas invitations and course details mailed out

Tuesday, August 18: Practice test @ 7pm on Canvas

Tuesday, August 25: First placement test @ 7pm on Canvas

Tuesday, September 1: Second placement test @ 7pm on Canvas

FAQ

1. How should I practice for the tests?

Here is a link to past placement tests: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gwWxN5LNp0pDtRcqfbpVhK4U74-N-2-7

Other good study tools include:

Beginners:

- AoPS textbooks (Prealgebra, Introduction to Algebra, Introduction to Counting and Probability, Introduction to Geometry)

- AMC 8 problems (https://artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/AMC_8_Problems_and_Solutions)

- MOEMS problems

Advanced:

- AMC 10 problems (https://artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/AMC_10_Problems_and_Solutions)

- AMC 12 problems (https://artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/AMC_12_Problems_and_Solutions)

- AIME problems (https://artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/AIME_Problems_and_Solutions)

2. What is the cutoff for the club?

We have different cutoffs for each grade and make decisions based on the score distribution on the test. A harder test will have a lower cutoff, but an easier test may have a higher cutoff. Generally speaking, the cutoff for Yellow and Green is around 6-10, while the cutoff for Blue and Black can be around 15-20.

3. Is a calculator allowed?

No. Only pencils, erasers, and scratch paper are allowed on the test. Other aids are not allowed and not helpful for the questions.

4. Will there be a makeup for the test if there are technical difficulties?

Unfortunately, no make up test will be provided. However, we will be proctoring a practice test to ensure that students can fig Please make sure you have a stable internet connection before the tests. It is highly recommended to make a backup plan, such as enabling your cellular data connection as the hotspot.

5. Who should I talk to before and/or after the placement tests if I have some questions?

Please frequently check this page for updates. Always feel free to contact togajrmath@gmail.com for your questions, concerns, and suggestions.


PLACEMENT TEST FORMAT:

Both placement tests will be administered using Canvas (https://canvas.instructure.com/). The questions will be presented in two formats: as questions on the Canvas quiz (which is similar to a google form) and as a PDF for students to download or print as they see fit. However, only answers submitted to the Canvas quiz will be graded.

We will be sending out invites to join the Canvas course for the placement test later this month. If your student did not provide a personal email address, we will be adding the parent’s account since there are certain restrictions on students’ school email addresses (@saratogausd.org).

It will be a 1-hour, 25-question test like previous tests.


PROCTORING:

We will be proctoring the exam over zoom. Students will be expected to join the Zoom meeting (the link will be sent out closer to the date) 15 minutes before the placement test begins. Students will then be placed in breakout rooms with a proctor and a parent volunteer. Once attendance has been taken, the proctor will read the instructions, then ask students to begin the quiz. Canvas will automatically close the quiz 60 minutes after starting.

Students will be expected to have their camera on at all times, with their hands and face visible. We suggest that students either print the test out or use a separate device to join the Zoom meeting to make this more feasible.

*** We also will be requiring parents to be in the room while their students are taking the test and to sign an honor pledge after the test is complete to verify that their child did not violate our academic integrity policies. ***


IMPORTANT DATES

August 14 - Invite links sent out for Canvas course: Specific information about how to join the Canvas course and how the test-taking procedure will look will be sent out.

August 18 - Practice Test: We will be holding a practice placement test to allow students to get used to the format. It is HIGHLY recommended that every student that is taking the placement test also take the practice test so that we do not have to deal with technical difficulties on the day of the test.

August 25 - Placement Test 1: The first placement test will be open to all students and will have an emphasis on problem-solving and basic algebra skills. Students that perform well on the first test will be invited to take the second one on September 1.

September 1 - Placement Test 2: The second placement test will be invite-only and will focus on more advanced topics in competitive math such as geometry, combinatorics, and number theory.