TechTest Jr

Individual Math Competition - Grades 5-8

TechTest Jr. is a math-based exam that focuses on problem solving methodologies and critical thinking skills. It is offered to 5th through 8th graders from all schools in Nevada County. The event includes tours and demos, providing the students with a glimpse of what life in the high-tech industry is like.

Schools may enter two students and one alternate per grade level per school for this event.

A maximum of 2 students per grade level for each school may participate – registration is on a first-come first-served basis.

All students must be accompanied by a certificated staff member.

Schedule of Events

9:00-9:15: Parents/teachers check students in at their perspective school sites, use the restroom, and follow Covid-19 protocols. Please collect all Press Release forms with parent signatures at this time (if they were not previously submitted with your competition registration). Please email completed press release forms to David Pistone at or send to NCSoS Attn: STEAM Team, 380 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95949.

9:15-9:30: Students enter the testing period, materials (tests, pencils, calculators) are distributed, and given a brief overview of the procedure for the test.

9:30-11:15: Testing period. Once students have completed the test, they will be allowed to read quietly until all students have completed the test. Students may bring some book with them.

11:30-12:00: Students return to class or parents pick up students at the same location as the morning drop-off.

The top three finishers in each grade (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th) will receive an individual award.
The top three finishers in each division (5
th/6th, 7th/8th) will also be able to select a STEAM prize.

Top scores in each grade level will be recognized and receive a prize.

These tests can be used in preparing students for the upcoming test. Each test has two versions: one without solutions (for students to try) and one with solutions (to illustrate a problem-solving methodology and a critical thinking approach). The more recent tests (2018-2021) have much more detailed solutions included and are more indicative of the type of problems students will face in the 2022 test. Note that none of the questions from previous years are reused, though. They are just made available to help students understand the type of questions they will face.

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