Dear Math Team Sponsors,

Randolph School’s Mathematics Department is hosting the Raider Math Challenge for fifth and sixth grade students. This is our seventeenth annual mathematics tournament and will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 on our Garth campus.

Schools may send up to 12 students in each grade.
Students will compete in two rounds: an individual test round and a team round.

Individual Test

The individual test will consist of 25 multiple-choice problems and three free-response tiebreakers. Students will have one hour to complete the test. Each student’s individual score will be calculated by multiplying the number of problems answered correctly. Problems left blank will not be counted.

Tie breakers will count as 0.1 points each and will only be counted in the event of a tie. In the event that a tie exists after the tiebreakers are counted, the tests will be compared in reverse order, starting with the tie breakers. The first person to get a problem correct that the other one missed will get the higher place.

Team Round
For the team round, each school will split up its students into at most three teams of 2-4 students each. Ideally, no team should consist of fewer than 2 students. For example, a school with seven fifth-grade students attending could split up into teams of 4 and 3. Have questions? Ask.

School teams will choose a unique team name such as "The Pi-rats". We will use the Shields Jones Gymnasium for the team round. Team awards will be based only on combined team scores from a school. Each team will sit at a table setting in the gymnasium.

The team round will consist of 30 problems in sets of 3. Each team will receive the first set of 3 problems when the round starts. In order to receive each subsequent set, each team will have to turn in answers for the previous set. Once answers have been turned in for a set, they cannot be changed or updated.

The problems in the team round will increase in difficulty as the round progresses. The value of each set of problems will also increase—from 3 points per problem in the first set to 12 points per problem in the last.

Each team can decide how to spend its time. You can rush through the low-value problems to get to the more valuable, but harder, ones. You can spend more time on the easy ones to make sure you get full credit. Or you can do something in between.

As teams turn in their answers, their scores will be updated in real time and displayed on a screen at the front of the auditorium.

Each school’s score for the team round will consist of the sum of the higher scores from each set of problems. For example, if the first team from a school got scores of 6, 8, 15, 6, and 14, while the second team got scores of 9, 4, 10, 12, and 7, the school’s score for those five rounds would be 9+8+15+12+14 = 58.

Individual Awards will be based solely on the individual test.

Team Awards will go to the top teams based soley on scores from the Team Round.
Schedule for January 27, 2018
A tentative schedule for the tournament follows:
  • 8:00- 8:30 Registration 
  • 8:30-9:45 5th Grade Team Round / 6th Grade Written Test
  • 9:45-10:15 Break With snack 
  • 10:30-11:45 6th Grade Team Round / 5th Grade Written Test
  • 11:45- 2:00 Lunch On Your Own
  • 2:00- 2:30 Awards Ceremony 
If you would like to attend, please use the registration link on this page, paying $7.00 for each student by Wednesday, December 6, 2017. All registrations will be taken online. Only schools may register, if you are not sure if your group is considered to be a school, please email Elaine Poplin. Registration will open October 24, 2017 and close November 21, 2017. Click Here

If you have any questions, please email Elaine Poplin. We look forward to seeing you at the tournament!