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Section 215 – TAPPS Math Contest

Fine Art By-Laws
Sections 199-263

All rules in Section 209 apply to this contest.


Test Questions.  The 40-minute test will consist of 60 multiple choice questions designed to test knowledge and understanding in the areas of algebra I and II, and geometry.  


3. Only 9th and 10th grade students currently enrolled in algebra I, algebra II or geometry should be entered in TAPPS math contest.


  • Reading the Contest Instructions.  The contest director will read the following directions exactly as they are printed:
    • Turn off your cell phone and any other electronic devices and place them on the edge of the table in front of you. You may not use your electronic device(s) in any manner during the contest. If your device(s) make any noise or if you use your device(s) in any manner, you will be disqualified.
    • Print your name, school, and school classification in the directed place on your test and answer sheet.  Failure to write your name and school may result in disqualification.  (Allow time for this to be done).
    • Indicate your answers using capital letters on the appropriate blank provided on the answer sheet.  Failure to do so will result in disqualification. 
    • Keep your papers closed until told to do otherwise; this is particularly important while test papers are being distributed and before the signal to begin has been given.
    • During the test, no questions may be asked or answered.  Any contestant talking or making distracting noises may be disqualified.
    • Leaving the room with any contest materials will result in disqualification.
    • Transferring information concerning this test to other contestants or coaches is a violation of the Academic Meet Code and subject to penalties up to and including disqualification.
    • You will NOT be allowed to use a calculator during this test. 
    • You have 40 minutes for this test. If you are in the process of writing down an answer, you may finish; you may not do additional work on a test question.
    • No audible time warnings will be given once the contest begins. It is the responsibility of each contestant to monitor the time remaining in the contest with a device that does not connect to the internet or make audible sounds. 
    • You will receive plus six points for each correct answer and two points shall be deducted for an incorrect answer.  No points will be given or subtracted for unanswered questions.
    • If you finish the test before the allotted time, you may leave quietly.  No distracting noises will be permitted.  Turn in all your test materials as you leave.
    • You may place as many notations as you desire anywhere on the test paper except on the answer sheet, which is reserved for answers only.  You may use additional scratch paper provided by the contest director.
  • Start and Stop Signals.  Exactly 40 minutes after the start signal was given, announce that time has expired and that contestants must turn in their test and answer sheet
  • Scoring.  Each contestant shall be awarded six points for each question answered correctly, no points will be given or subtracted for unanswered questions, and two points shall be deducted for an incorrect answer.
  • Ties. In the event of a tie, the formula is: percent accuracy = number of problems correct / by number of problems attempted. The contestant with the highest percent accuracy shall be awarded the higher place.  If the percent accuracy scores are the same, then a tie exists.

5. Students may not be entered in TAPPS Math and Advanced Math.