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Running the 2020 QUIZ
Running the 2020 Quiz

Year 5/6 and 7/8 Quiz 2020 – running suggestions for in-school use

Quiz Structure

The Quiz is organised into five sessions as in earlier years – Session 1: Estimation; Session 2: Speed; Session 3: Written Problems; Session 4: Individual questions; Session 5: General Maths knowledge

All sessions are similar to previous years except for the ‘Speed’ Session. To make this easier to run in a school situation where there may be lots of teams and only one or two helpers, a sheet containing the questions will be given to each team member and they will have two minutes to answer as many of the questions as possible. At the end of the two minutes, the team will assemble their sheets with the captain’s sheet on top, and then take these to a marking location. For each team, the captain’s sheet will be marked first and totalled. For each question the captain gets wrong, or doesn’t complete, the two sheets from the rest of the team are considered. If there is a correct response to the captain’s unanswered or incorrect questions in the team sheets, the team will get an additional ½ mark (only one half-mark possible for each supplementary answer). The half-marks can be recorded on the Captain’s sheet, and the total recorded. The event is a team event because each team will need to work out a strategy to maximise marks for their own team, and team members are permitted to discuss/speak to each other during the two minutes – but they can only write the answers – nothing else

How long does the Quiz take?

This will depend on how the marking is done, and how many teams you are running. The time taken to actually ask the questions and have the students respond is about ½ hour. Organising, distributing materials, dealing with disputes or matters of judgment all take time – but the biggest time constraint comes from the marking. We suggest that teams write their answers on paper and hold them up at the end of each question. They then take the sheets to the marker who can quickly mark and record the scores. (If you only have one-three teams involved this would be quite quick and easy to organise). The marking can happen while the next question is being asked/answered, or in the case of the Speed Session and Written Problems Session, marking can take place during the following section of the Quiz. It might be a good idea to have a break after the Written Problems Session to allow the marker to catch up. For lots of teams, this may take a fair bit of paper, but the paper used could be quite small, or even recycled (the team member bringing up subsequent answers can take the marked papers back for re-use. So how long does the Quiz take? It would be possible to get it all done (though maybe with not everything marked) in a full hour. A more leisurely Quiz, with breaks, some discussion and perhaps a food/relaxation break after the Written Problems could take about an hour and a half. One suggestion is for schools to organise the Quiz in two sections across two class lessons on different days. Time available after the Quiz sections have been completed could be used for student to work on the questions to check methods and processes ….

Simplified marking and scoring

To enable the Quiz marking to be completed quickly and accurately, we think it would be a good idea if teams bring up their written answers at the end of each question (or at the end of the Speed and Problems Sessions) – the scorer can then mark and enter these into a grid set up for each session (columns would be the team names; rows would be the mark for each question, with a space for a total on each sheet). The grids can be totalled at the end of each session, and an overall total for each team quickly derived. As a check, each team should record their own scores as they go. They can use these ‘scores’ for bragging rites until the official marking which might occur after the Quiz is completed

Resources for running the Quiz

The Round 1 Quiz has been put together so that no special resources are required. You will receive an email letting you know what photocopying and other things might be required for the Quiz on the Monday of Quiz Week (27th July). In addition, you’ll need a computer (capable of running .pptx files) and data projector (or very large screen TV), lots of paper, spare pens/pencils, rulers, and a few calculators (students should be reminded o bring/organise their own equipment). We are not using protractors, compasses, and so on. You’ll need at least one helper, or possibly two for schools entering larger numbers of teams.

Practice Resources for the Quiz

There are currently two complete Quizzes on the QAMT website which can be downloaded and used with students as Practices. You will find that many of the questions in each Quiz will be suitable for all year levels (5 – 8) though younger kids may need more time on some of the questions intended to for the older students. Then again, they might not – you’ll be surprised at what your students can and can’t do.  Over the next few days we’ll also add a further Quiz .pptx for people to use. The Quizzes can be found below.

Sending in marks – Qualifying for the Regional Rounds

To select teams for the Regional finals, we need to receive the marks scored by your top two teams. It would also be helpful if you could break down their scores into the score for each section/session of the Quiz. Since the Regionals will be held on an in-school basis this year, we can involve many more teams in this section of the Quiz than in previous years.

Marks must be sent in to us by Monday 3rd August (email preferred). If this does not work for you, please let us know when the marks will be available. To be considered for the Regional Round, schools will need to register their teams (use the link above …)

Registering Your Teams

Schools that have registered teams will receive further information on running the Quiz, the Quiz PowerPoint, Quiz files for printing, and, ‘official certificates’ for their students. It is only necessary for you to register one or two teams for your school although you can have as many teams as you want taking part from your own school – please ignore our website request for details on as many teams as you care to enter.

Play Button below for the quiz music. Download and save in the same folder as the sample quiz.

Play Button below for the quiz music. Download and save in the same folder as the sample quiz.

Do you have questions about how the Yr5/6 and 7/8 Maths Quiz will run in 2020?

Check out our Q’n’As here.

Here are 2 of most popular questions and answers:

  • I have read the email that has been forwarded to me about the competition and have registered 2 teams on the website. May we enter more than two teams?

The number of teams registered is left open for each school – you may enter as many teams as you think would benefit from the experience – you can choose to run the Quiz through a maths club, as part of your usual timetable, through (advanced) timetabled classes, or as a special event for selected students.

  • Can we run the competition on any day in Week 3?

Yes – but QAMT will need to receive the results by Monday 3rd August. You might also choose to split the quiz into two sections so that each section can be delivered in a timetabled class time on different days.

2020 Information Statement

Because the COVID-19 situation remains unclear, and we have no idea if schools or sectors will permit ‘excursions’ next term, or what social distancing may be required, QAMT has decided that Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2020 Quiz will be run with individual schools running the quiz in their own school with their own students. The quizzes will presumably run in school time, though that is a matter entirely for individual schools. These arrangements are for 2020 only – we hope that we can get back to ‘normal’ face to face quizzes in 2021.

The Round 1 of the quiz will be held for all schools in the third week of Term 3 (EQ 2020 Calendar) from July 28th – 29th (more information on this is provided below)

  • Local conditions may allow for a couple of nearby schools to come together to run the quiz. It is entirely up to the schools if they wish to make this arrangement and QAMT will not be organising any centres for this year’s quiz.
  • A school may enter as many teams from their own school as they can accommodate – the number of teams will depend on how many students will be able to access the quiz questions and enjoy the challenge.
  • Each team as usual will have three members (at least one of whom will be from yr5 (y5/6 quiz) or yr7 (y7/8 quiz).

Round 2/Regional Finals

For both the 5/6 and 7/8 quizzes, teams will be selected from the Round 1 quiz results and be invited to a ’regional’ round. This round too will be run through individual schools by the schools themselves, again with the possibility of nearby schools getting together in a local arrangement if that works for them. ‘Regions’ will be determined and modified along the lines currently in use for the 7/8 Quiz but may be slightly different for the y5/6 Quiz.

State Finals

Up to twenty teams will be selected from the ‘Regional’ quiz round for each of the 5/6 and 7/8 quiz and be invited to the ‘State Finals’. It is hoped that because of the capped numbers of teams taking part, this section of the Quiz will be delivered on line, but we’ll need to make sure that no schools are disadvantaged by this.


In order to support our QAMT Members and Mathematics teachers generally throughout Queensland, registration for schools who want to participate in one or both of the 5/6 and 7/8 quizzes has been reduced and simplified for this year:

  • Registration is free for schools which are financial Institutional Members of QAMT Inc.
  • Registration is free for schools which nominate a financial QAMT Inc. member who is currently engaged at the school to be the contact for the school
  • For schools which are not Institutional Members or do not have a current member who can represent them, there will be a one-off administration fee of $11.00 (including GST) for each of the y5/6 and y7/8 quizzes.

QAMT hopes that running the quiz in this way will still give students an opportunity to enjoy and use their maths in an enjoyable and challenging environment. Obviously, we’ll need to be ‘flexible and agile’ with the arrangements this year, but we encourage you to register your teams through the QAMT website as usual. Looking forward to working with you all again.

Peter Cooper

(Co-ordinator, QAMT yr5/6 and y7/8 State Maths Quiz)

Note: A school is considered a member school if the school is a financial Institutional member of QAMT, or the registration of the school’s teams is done by a financial individual member working at the school at the time of registration (pre-service teachers, retired members, and life-members are not considered financial members of QAMT for this purpose).

The Year 7/8 Quiz is sponsored by The University of Queensland School of Mathematics and Physics.

Below is a map of the Quiz Host Schools in 2019 –  we hope for even greater reach when we return to a face to face style Quiz in 2021.