TechTest Jr

Teachers please register your teams to compete by Jan. 31, 2024. Teams will be notified via email of their testing date.

Individual & Team Math Competition for Grades 5-8

TechTest Jr. is an examination rooted in mathematics, emphasizing problem-solving techniques and critical thinking abilities. This opportunity is open to students in 5th through 8th grade across all schools in Nevada County. The event offers participants more than just a test; it includes tours and demonstrations, providing students with a glimpse into the world of high-tech industries.

Here are some important details:

Schedule of Events:

9:00-9:15 AM

Parents and teachers check students in at their respective competition sites (site to be determined upon submission of registration and press release forms). This is also the time to use the restroom and adhere to Covid-19 protocols. If you haven't previously submitted signed Press Release forms with your competition registration, please turn them in.

(Note: Completed press release forms can be emailed to David Pistone at or sent to NCSoS Attn: STEAM Team, 380 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95949.)

9:15-9:30 AM

Students enter the testing period. Testing materials (tests, pencils, calculators) are distributed, and a brief overview of the testing procedure is provided.

9:30 AM-11:15 AM

Testing period. Once students complete the test, they can quietly read until all students are finished. Students are welcome to bring a book with them.

11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Students enjoy a hosted pizza lunch (or they can bring a bag lunch) and tour the tech facilities with our community business partners.

1:00 PM-1:15 PM

Parents pick up students at the same location as the morning drop-off.


These practice tests are valuable tools to help students prepare for the upcoming examination. Each test is available in two versions: one without solutions, designed for students to attempt independently, and one with solutions, which serves as a guide to demonstrate problem-solving methodologies and critical thinking approaches.

It's worth noting that the more recent tests, spanning from 2018 to 2022, include significantly more detailed solutions. These recent tests closely resemble the types of problems students will encounter in the 2023 test. However, it's important to clarify that none of the questions from previous years are recycled or reused in the current examination. Instead, these tests are made accessible to aid students in understanding the format and style of questions they can expect to encounter.

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