WMA Mathswell Competition, further details and past competition papers...
Years: Competitions for Years 5&6, Years 7&8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 (Where combined years eg 5&6, students may be any mixture from those year groups).
Locations: At varying schools each year. Starts at 7.00pm for Year 9, 10 & 11 and 6:30pm for Years 5&6 and 7&8.
Teams: Each year level has a team of 6, 3 doing multi-choice questions and a different 3 doing problem-solving questions.
Multi-choice format: Each team is given 30 questions to be solved in 20 minutes. An answer sheet is provided to record answers. Teams may work individually or together. At the end of the 20 minutes, only the answers on the answer sheet are marked.
Problem solving format: Each team has 20 questions to answer in 20 minutes. They are given these one at a time. They write their answer on the question sheet and the marker can only mark right or wrong (no discussion allowed). If correct, the next question is given. If incorrect, the question is given back to the team to have another attempt. Only 2 attempts are allowed on each question. At any stage the team can pass on a question. Passed and incorrect questions can not be come back to, at the end.
Calculators: Calculators are allowed at all levels.
Scoring: Teams are ranked for each part of the competition. 1 point for first, 2 second and so on. Ties get the same points. Both halves are added together to determine the overall winner.
Prizes: Prizes are awarded to the top team on the night with certificates for 2nd and 3rd. For the Years 5&6 and Years 7&8, the trophy is awarded based on the overall top school once all venues have competed.
Markers: Each participating school provides a marker. Markers are rotated so as not to mark their own schools.
Entry fee: Two suitable questions for each year level entered.
Previous Mathswell questions and answers
Y5/6 | Y 7/8 | Y9 | Y10 | Y11 | ||||||
Problem solving | Multi choice | Problem solving | Multi choice | Problem solving | Multi choice | Problem solving | Multi choice | Problem solving | Multi choice | |
2019 | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q |
P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | |
2018 | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q |
P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | |
2017 | P/S Q+A | M/C Q+A | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q1 Q2 | P/S Q | M/C Q |
P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | |||
2016 | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q |
P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | |
2015 | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | Q + A | |
P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | |||
2013 | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | P/S Q | M/C Q | Q + A | |
P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A | P/S A | M/C A |