myQBook Mathematics Competition Preparation Program for UIL/TMSCA/PSIA

We provide the most comprehensive, effectively structured, and easy to use UIL/TMSCA/PSIA Mathematics preparation program.

Comprehensive: We cover more than 350 math concepts and shortcuts each supplemented with many solved sample problems and at least 10 additional practice questions. The program also describes different ways of solving some of problems so students get a detail and comprehensive understanding of the concepts. In addition, we have 20 full length practice tests at each level (middle and high school) for a total of 40 practice tests with explanations of how to solve each problem.

Structure: Our program is structured in 2 levels, starting from easier concepts in our Middle School level, to advanced concepts in our High School level. Additionally, concepts are grouped in broader math categories and within each category are organized from the easiest to the most difficult concepts. This structure makes it extremely efficient for students to learn and practice concepts and prepare for the competitions.

Easy to use: We have designed our program keeping in mind the different needs of students, teachers, coaches and parents.

For students: One of the salient features of our program is that each student gets her own individual account where she can manage and monitor her own progress. In addition to the easy to navigate structure explained above, students can easily search for any particular concept, attempt the practice problems many times, check what concepts they have already completed, and keep a tab of their overall progress. Students can also take the full length practices tests as many times as they need and after taking each test, they have the opportunity to not only review the completed test but also attempt the questions they were not able to get to in the allotted time. While reviewing the test, students can also understand their mistakes by comparing their solution to the recommended solution to each problem.

For teachers, coaches, and parents: Teachers, coaches, and parents can easily create individual student accounts, monitor their students’ progress, and help students with their most pressing needs.

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How to best prepare for a Mathematics Contest

Since the UIL/TMSCA/PSIA Mathematics contest covers a multitude of Math concepts, students should devote an adequate amount of time to prepare for the contest. The amount of time each student should devote on preparing for the contest will depend on the student’s existing skill level. Students in lower grades will need to spend more time learning the concepts as some of the concepts would be entirely new for them. Students in higher grades would need to spend relatively less time to prepare. We recommend the following preparation times based on about 2 to 3 hours of preparation time per week:

Student Grade Preparation Time
Grade 6 - 8 8 to 12 months
Grade 9 & 12 6 to 9 months

We strongly recommend students follow the steps below to prepare for the contest:
  1. Devote the first 4 to 12 weeks (depending on existing skill level) entirely to review and internalize the concepts and tricks by working through the myQBook UIL mathematics concepts and practice problems. At this stage, don’t worry about taking the sample tests at all.
  2. Make sure to do all the sample problems after each concept. If needed repeat doing the practice problems after few days to get used to the concept and the problems that appear in the contest.
  3. About 16 to 20 weeks before the contest date, start taking one test every week. Schedule the practice test approximately at the same time and day of the week that the actual context will take place. Make sure you will not be disturbed during the time of your practice test.
  4. After taking the test, go back and review your completed test and understand what problems you got wrong and why. Also understand how you solved each problem and whether that was the fastest way to solve the problem. Compare your approach to the myQBook recommended method and understand the difference.
  5. Throughout the following week review the concepts you didn’t score well on the test and practice sample problems.
  6. On the week of the contest, try to relax and not study too much. Just review some of the concepts as you were doing in the previous weeks. Don’t take any more tests during the last week.

Other important points:
  • Learn your multiplication tables – Middle school level at least till 25, and high school level till 30.
  • Learn the most commonly used squares, square roots, cubes and cube roots listed in the myQBook UIL mathematics concepts.
  • Understand and learn the Equivalent numbers (relationship between fractions, percents and decimal numbers) listed in the myQBook UIL mathematics concepts.
  • Memorize the “Measures to Remember” in the myQBook concepts.
  • While learning a concept think about why does the concept work and other applications of the same concept.
  • Learn how to recognize various number patterns.
  • Learn to break complex problems into smaller parts and then solve each part separately.
UIL/TMSCA/PSIA Mathematics General Information
UIL mathematics is one of the math contests offered under the UIL academics contests. Unlike Number Sense contest however, the UIL mathematics contest is offered only at the Middle School and High School levels.

The middle school (grades 6 to 8) UIL mathematics contest is a 30 minute test and it consists of 50 multiple choice problems. The problems cover a wide range of math topics taught in middle school, including but not limited to:

  • arithmetic operations involving whole numbers and integers,
  • mathematical properties, order of operations,
  • fractions, decimals, ratio and proportions
  • percents, simple interest,
  • exponents, special numbers, series and sequence
  • probability, statistics,
  • number theory, numeration system
  • measurements and conversions
  • geometric figures and co-ordinate geometry
  • algebraic reasoning
  • simple trigonometry and matrices
The high school (grades 9 to 12) UIL mathematics contest is a 40 minute test and it consists of 60 multiple choice problems. While calculators are prohibited in the middle school UIL mathematics contests, students are allowed to use calculators in the high school contests. The problems in the high school contests cover a wide range of math topics taught in high school including but not limited to:
  • all topics in the middle school contest plus
  • advanced topics in algebra I and II
  • analytic geometry
  • trigonometry
  • pre-calculus and elementary calculus.
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