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March 12, 2008 > Primary Math World Contest Tryouts

Primary Math World Contest Tryouts

Submitted By Eric Chan
Photos By courtesy of Eric Chan

Students who enjoy solving math problems, born after Sept. 1, 1994, and attend seventh grade or lower were invited to tryout for an International math competition held in Hong Kong in July 2008. All expenses for five days including room, board, and local tours are covered (except airfare). It is a unique opportunity for the elementary school and junior high students to have an academic and cultural exchange with children around the world.

Team participation is by invitation only. Each year about 50 teams and 200 students from countries across the globe participate. To qualify to represent the USA-Silicon Valley teams to compete in Hong Kong, the students must take a tryout test consisting of 20 logical and reasoning math problems in 45 minutes. Based on the tryout results, the students in the top10 percent will be invited to go through an 8-12 week training period offered by MathEdge. Another test will be administered to select the final four or eight students for the final training lasting till June.

One hundred and thirty-four students in third through seventh grade representing 76 different Bay Area schools attended the Primary Math World Contest Tryouts contest administered on Feb. 5 and Feb. 7 at the Cupertino Quinlan Center. The tryouts statistics are below. Total number of students who took the test was 134.

The maximum score: 20
The highest score: 16
The average score: 8.5
The median score: 9

Grade Level: G 7 - G 6 - G 5 - G4 - G3
No. of Students: 26 - 29 - 30 - 35 - 14
Highest Score: 16 - 15 - 14 - 13 - 9
Average Score: 9.96 - 10.44 - 7.8 - 7.3 - 6.4
Median Score: 10 - 11 - 7.5 - 7 - 6.5

Twenty-four trophies were awarded to the following students:

Seventh Grade
First: Arjun Manimaran (Peterson MS in Sunnyvale)
Second: Victor Tan Feng (Horner in Fremont)
Third: Isaac Lam (Miller in Cupertino)
Fourth: Vincent Ho (Horner in Fremont)

Sixth Grade
First: Jason Xie (Miller in Cupertino)
Second: Jerry Wu (Mission San Jose in Fremont)
Third: Varun Mohan (Challenger in Sunnyvale)
Fourth: Derek Lau (Cupertino MS in Cupertino)
Fifth:Rohan Mathuria (Gomes in Fremont)
Sixth: Sravya Bhamidipati (Forest Park in Fremont)

Fifth Grade
First: Andrew He (Steven Creek in Cupertino)
Second: Alexander Hong (EDS in San Jose)
Third: Allison Clark (North Star Academy in Redwood City)
Fourth: Cindy Liu (Harker in San Jose)
Fifth: Jason Jeong (Steven Creek in Cupertino)

Fourth Grade
First: Samuel Triest (North Star Academy in Redwood City)
Second: Timothy Ngotiaoco (Ardenwood in Fremont)
Third: Joshua Chan (Gomes in Fremont),
Third: Brian Hsu (CCS in Fremont),
Third: Sohil Kshirsagar (Graystone in San Jose)
Third: Grace Li (Regnart in Cupertino)

Third Grade
First: Norman Yu (Challenger)
Second: Damon Liang 2nd (Niles in Fremont)
Third: Gaureeshah (Rocklin Academy in Rocklin)

For more information about the Primary Math World Contest Tryouts or MathEdge, call (510) 818-0546 or visit

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