Instructions for MathGenius Online Contest and MathCore Online Prep Test

If you have already registered your child(ren) for the MathGenius National Contest and MathCore Common Core Prep Test, Congratulations! Your child is all set for the tests.

If you have a 3rd – 8th grade child and have not registered yet, please do so ASAP on our assessment website www.mathusacademy.org to secure a seat for your child(ren). MathGenius National Contest will start from March 12th at 12:00 AM EST and will be open until March 18th at 12:00 PM EST.  MathCore Common Core test will start from March 12th at 12:00 AM EST and will be open until March 18th at 12:00 PM EST.

Here are the detailed instructions for taking the tests for those who already registered. Detailed instructions and test logistics for the onsite MathCore test for Atlanta metro students will be posted separately on this blog.

General instructions for MathGenius and MathCore:

  • To take the tests, login to the assessment website www.mathusacademy.org (same site where you registered) using the user id/password created at the time of registration. If you forgot the user id or password, you may recover them by clicking on ‘forgotten user id or password?’ link. You will find your registered tests under ‘My assessments’. Please login and verify that your registered assessments are visible under ‘My Assessments’ before the test start date. If you do not find your registered tests, please inform us by email at support@mathusacademy.com.
  • Your child may click on the respective assessment any time. He/she will find detailed test instructions for the respective test, but will not be able to start the test until the test start date. Please make sure your child reads the instructions on the page carefully before starting the test. During the duration when the test is open, you will see a link to start the test below the instructions. Before starting the test, please make sure that the computer is plugged into a power source, have a reliable internet connection, and have some scratch paper and pencils handily available. Please also make sure that your child will not have any distractions from younger children, pets or others.
  • Use of Calculators is not allowed for both tests.
  • The online tests are based on honor system. Please make sure that your child(ren) is(are) following the highest ethical standards while taking the tests, and not taking any shortcuts. In the long term, the values the child learns from this self-monitored honor system is as important as how well he/she does in the test.

Specific instructions for MathGenius:

  • MathGenius Critical Thinking Math National Contest opens on Sunday, March 12 at mid-night EST and remain open until Saturday, March 18 end of day EST.  Your child may start the test any time during this period. Please make sure he/she follows the precautions mentioned in the above general instructions for both tests.
  • The Contest will have 20 multiple choice questions. Please note that as this is a Critical Thinking Contest, the questions will be harder than the typical school Math problems. These questions often require the children to read the problem deliberately, understand what the question is specifically asking, and come up with a plan to solve the problem.
  • While the student can start the test any time during the above mentioned period, the test will be open for exactly 60 minutes. Student needs to complete the test and submit the responses withing 60 minutes. Otherwise, the system will auto-submit the test at the end of 60 minutes.
  • Each question will be presented one at a time. The student may mark the correct answer immediately, or tag the question for review later, and move onto next question. All the question number links (1 -20) will be available on the right top of the screen. Tagged question links will be highlighted for easy reference. Student may go to any question at any time, by clicking on the specific question link. Also, questions as well as answer choices will be presented in a random order to each child (same questions and same answer choices, but different order).
  • Use of Calculators is not allowed for this test.
  • Each question carries same weight of 5 points each, for a total of 100 points for 20 questions.
  • MathGenius grading, review and ranking will take up to 3 weeks. Scores will be uploaded into the assessment website www.mathusacademy.org for each student when the grading is complete, and an update will be made on this blog, when the scores are uploaded. Scores of all students will not be publicly posted.
  • Top 10 rankers in each grade will be posted on this blog, and certificates will be mailed to the parents. For top 10 rankers living in Georgia, there will be an award ceremony in our Atlanta center.
  • Top 3 rankers in each grade will receive a medal. If there are any ties in Top 3 ranks, the first tie-break will be based on the score in the last 5 questions. If there is still a tie after this tie-break, we will conduct a mini tie-break test for just the children who are tied.

Specific instructions for MathCore:

  • MathCore Common Core Online Prep Tests will open on Sunday, March 19 at mid-night EST and remain open until Tuesday, April 18 end of day EST.  Your child may start the test any time during this period. Please make sure he/she follows the precautions mentioned in the above general instructions for both tests.
  • The Prep Test will have 35 multiple choice questions and 3 explanatory questions. A few multiple choice questions may have more than 1 correct response. For those questions, the question will clearly state how many answers are expected, and your child would need to mark all the correct responses. For the explanatory questions, he/she will need to type the answer and explanation on how the answer was found. Out of the 3 explanatory questions, one of the questions will be a multi-part part question. He/she will need to answer each part of the question and type the explanation.
  • While the your child can start the test any time during the above mentioned period, the test will be open for exactly 75 minutes. Your child needs to complete the test and submit the responses withing 75 minutes. Otherwise, the system will auto-submit the test at the end of 75 minutes.
  • Each question will be presented one at a time. The student may answer correct answer/explanation immediately, or tag the question for review later, and move onto next question. All the question number links (1 -38) will be available on the right top of the screen. Tagged question links will be highlighted for easy reference. Student may go to any question at any time, by clicking on the specific question link. Also, questions as well as answer choices will be presented in a random order to each child (same questions and same answer choices, but different order).
  • Use of Calculators is not allowed for this test. We understand that some states allow calculators for certain questions for middle school tests. As this is a practice test, calculators are not allowed for any grade students. All questions can be solved without calculators.
  • Each student may take this test up to 10 times (10 attempts) for practice purpose. It will be same questions every time, but will be presented in a different order.
  • Grades and ranks will not be provided for MathCore Common Core Online Prep Tests, as the primary purpose of the test is getting good practice for the Common Core school tests.
  • After completing each attempt and submitting the attempt, the system will provide immediate feedback. The student/parent will be able to review the following for each question:
    • The question
    • Student’s response
    •  Whether the response is right or wrong, and 
    • an explanation of how to solve the problem correctly
    • For multiple choice questions, the students will also be able to see your grade for each question. If it is correct, you will be awarded, 1 point. If it is wrong, you will be awarded 0 points. The multiple choice questions that have 2 correct answers will be awarded 0, 0.5 or 1 point depending on the responses. Each correct response will be awarded 0.5 points, and each incorrect response will be awarded -0.5 points, and the total points for the question will not less than 0. For example, if you selected only one choice, and it is correct, you will be awarded 0.5 points. If you marked two responses, and one is correct and the other is wrong, you will be awarded 0 points (0.5-0.5). If you marked two responses, and both are correct, you will get 1 point (0.5+0.5). If you awarded all four responses, you will get 0 points (0.5+0.5-0.5-0.5). Negative points are introduced for questions where there is more than 1 correct answer to discourage marking all four choices as correct.
    • Explanatory questions will not be graded. However, complete explanation will be provided so that the student/parent can decide how the student has performed on the question.
  • The review must be done before clicking ‘finish review’ or closing the browser or computer. The review of the attempt will not be available after ‘finish review’ button is clicked or the browser/computer is closed. The student can always take one more attempt for further review, for up to 10 total attempts.
  • Lastly, please note that each state has a slightly different variation of the Common Core tests. We designed the tests taking inputs from multiple states’ tests, and adding a variety of flavors of the tests. Hence it may not match exactly with any state’s test. The goal is provide a test that gives a reasonable practice to help the students across the country. We hope it will be a good practice for the students across the country. We will send a feedback form later for all tests, and please do provide us your honest feedback.

All the best to your child(ren)!