Every year, Hudson College participates in the University of Waterloo Gauss Contest for Grade 7 and 8 students. Our students’ scores in the Gauss have been quite positive—a testament to our students’ mathematical ability and effort, our teachers’ excellent instruction in mathematics and the advanced math curriculum of the Saxon Math program.
This year, as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown of schools, the University of Waterloo, cancelled the May 13 Gauss Contest. This was a disappointment to me and our middle school Math teachers (Mr. Hunt and Mr. Veleno) who prepare the students for Gauss through the weekly Waterloo “Problem of the Week” and our Saxon Math program. In fact, we always look forward to our positive Gauss scores as a reason to celebrate the strength of our Math program. The Gauss test has become an annual event at Hudson.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of the University of Waterloo Gauss test—Hudson College admin and teachers have decided to maintain this annual event (in a modified capacity)—the Grade 7 and 8 teachers will hold HUDSON’S ONLINE GAUSS CONTEST on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 9:30 am to 10:40 am.
PLEASE NOTE: The results of this Gauss Contest (or any other Gauss Contest) are not included in the student’s report card.
We ask that all students participate in writing this test: there is no need for additional studying.
The Gauss is written to align with the Ontario math curriculum for Grades 7 and 8 and our Saxon Math program exceeds these expectations.
May 13 – ONLINE GAUSS CONTEST 9:30 am to 10:40 am
- Mr. Veleno, Grade 8 Math teacher will use questions from past Gauss tests to create our Grade 7 and Grade 8 tests.
- Like the actual Gauss Contest, our online Gauss Contest will be multiple-choice using Google Forms.
- Like the actual Gauss test, our online Gauss Contest will be divided into 3 sections for a total of 150 marks: – Section A: 10 questions, 5 marks each for a total of 50 marks – Section B: 10 questions, 6 marks each for a total of 60 marks – Section C: 5 questions, 8 marks each for a total of 40 marks
- The actual Gauss Contest does not penalize students for an incorrect answer.
- The actual Gauss test gives each unanswered question 2 marks to a maximum of 10 unanswered questions (20 marks). As Google Forms do not allow for this type of calculation, we will include Section D in our test asking students to identify the number of unanswered questions before submitting their test. We will manually calculate the additional marks of unanswered questions per test and add these marks to the student’s final score.
- Like the actual Gauss Contest: the test is 60 minutes long and we allow an additional 10 minutes for students to log in, adjust computer issues or ask questions. The test will be timed so that students cannot submit beyond the 70 minutes allocated. They can only submit the final test once (they cannot go back to their test to change an answer once the test is submitted).
- May 13 at 9:30 am Grade 7 and 8 students will join their homeroom class through Zoom their video on. The homeroom teacher will proctor the test but, cannot read or interpret questions. Students will need a regular calculator, paper and pencil (to work out problems). Once the test is completed, they submit the test and can sign out of the Zoom homeroom.
- The test results will automatically be submitted to Mr. Veleno.
- Students will be advised of their score on this test.
- Students that write the test will receive a participation certificate.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot submit test results to the University of Waterloo as this is an independent initiative by Hudson College.
We understand that online learning and testing has been difficult for some of our students. We encourage our students to participate with the understanding that the test results will NOT affect their final report card. Remember that additional studying is not necessary. If you have any questions about the test, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Veleno (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Rose Bastien Hons. B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., OCT.