Placement Test

Note: Registration for the 2021-22 Placement Test has closed. If you have registered and are seeking more information about the test and results, see Canvas.

General Information

The first placement test is required for all students interested in participating in TJMC. After grading of the first test is complete, all students who took the first test will be notified about whether they should or should not take the second test. Based on a composite of their two placement scores, students will be placed into groups.

Test 1

  • Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

  • Integer answer submission through Canvas

  • Primarily prealgebra and algebra

  • 25 problems, 60 minutes

Test 2

  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 7:00 p.m. in-person at Saratoga High

  • Short answer

  • Mix of algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and number theory

  • 25 problems, 60 minutes

What to Bring

Only scratch paper, pencils, and erasers are allowed as aids. Geometry devices such as graph paper, straightedges, compasses, and protractors are not allowed. No electronic devices aside from silent conventional watches and stopwatches are allowed, such as calculators, smart watches (i.e. supporting Bluetooth or WiFi connection), phones, or computing devices. No problems on the exam will require the use of geometry devices or electronics.

Note: Scratch paper will be provided for in-person testing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to take the placement test?

Any registered Redwood Middle School student who is excited about math is eligible!

What do the two placement tests cover, and how can I prepare for them?

The first placement test consists almost entirely of prealgebra and algebra problems. The second placement test covers a much wider scope, including algebra, geometry, combinatorics, and number theory.

Both placement tests contain problems of difficulty similar to those of the following math competitions: Math Olympiad for Elementary and Middle Schools, Middle School and High School CaML, MATHCOUNTS, and AMC 8 and 10 (AMC archive available on AoPS Wiki).

Note: Copies of previous placement tests are only provided to registered participants.

Are there makeup tests?

Unfortunately, no.

I qualified for the lesson track last year. Do I need to retake the placement test?

Yes, students must retake the new placement test each year.

What should I do if I need help during the placement test?

Please raise your hand, either digitally on Zoom or physically in person. Note that proctors cannot answer questions related to the test itself. Even if you are raising your hand, please focus strictly on your test.

How do I know if I qualify for the math club?

Results will be posted on this webpage roughly 1 week after the second placement test. Note that to maintain the privacy of our students, we will not publish individuals' scores.

What do I do once I register for the math club?

Parents can register their mathlete(s) through LGS Recreation once we forward the list of eligible students to LGS Recreation.

How will I be notified of the contest results during the school year?

Contest Results will be emailed out periodically, as well as progress reports written by head coaches.

Is the initial team placement permanent?

No; after the initial placement, mathletes can be moved to different groups based on overall performance in competitions and during class. We will not respond to any request to change to groups intended for more experienced students.

I didn't qualify for the lesson track but am still interested in doing math contests. What should I do?

Sign up for test-only option. Space is limited. Test-only students are allowed to take AMC-8, School MATHCOUNTS, Math Olympiad, and MS CaML.