The James S. Rickards Fall Invitational

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Competition Invitation 

We cordially invite you to the annual James S. Rickards Fall Invitational, a mathematics competition which will take place on Saturday, November 10th, 2018. The Rickards Fall Invitational is one of the largest competitions in Florida with approximately 700 students from 36 schools throughout the Southeast participating last year.

The event will run from approximately 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM with competition rounds from 9:00 AM to 12:40 PM and lunch from 12:40 PM to 2:15 PM. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase. The competition consists of an Individual test, a Team Round, and a secondary individual test (an Open test) for middle and high school students not competing in Team Round. Students will compete in one of the following divisions: 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, or Calculus. There will not be a Statistics individual test, but there will be a Statistics Bowl, which is a Team Round. Students that compete in the Statistics Bowl will not be able to compete in any Open tests but can compete in the Calculus Individual test.

This year the Rickards Fall Invitational will be hosted at two testing centers: James S. Rickards High School in Tallahassee, FL (address: 3013 Jim Lee Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32301) and Miami Palmetto Senior High School in Pinecrest, FL (address: 7460 SW 118th St, Pinecrest, FL 33156). You may register to compete at either center, whichever is most convenient for you. The Miami Palmetto Senior High School center will not be hosting 4th Grade, 5th Grade, and Pre-Algebra divisions, but will be hosting all higher divisions, including Statistics Bowl.

Individual Test: The Individual test will consist of 30 multiple-choice questions, in which 4 points are awarded for each correct answer, 1 point is subtracted for each incorrect answer, and blank responses are awarded no points, for a maximum score of 120 points. Competitors will have 60 minutes to complete this test.

Middle and High School Team Round: Teams of at most 4 students will participate in a Team Round.  A school can have at most 1 team per division. The test will consist of 12 questions with short open-response answers, with 4 minutes to work on each question. 16, 12, 8, and 4 points will be awarded for a correct response in the first, second, third, and fourth minute, respectively, for a maximum score of 192 points. 

Elementary Team Round: All elementary students will participate in a Team Round. Students can only work with students from their own school and grade level and each team will consist of 4 people or less, if necessary. The test will consist of 15 questions with short open-response answers. These questions will be arranged in increasing difficulty, and point values will be associated with different questions. The first four questions will be 2 points each and the easiest questions. Likewise, the next four questions will be 3 points each, the four questions after that will be 4 points each, and finally, the last three questions will be 5 points each. Teams will have 30 minutes to complete this test.

Open Test: Middle and high school students not competing in Team Round will take an Open test. It is of the same format as the Individual test. Pre-Algebra and Algebra 1 students will take the same Open test, called the Euclidean Open. Both Geometry and Algebra 2 students will take the Theta Open. Both Precalculus and Calculus students will take the Mu-Alpha Open.

Trophies will be awarded to the top 15 competitors in each Individual and Open test, the top 5 teams in each Team Round division, the top 3 middle schools overall, and the top 5 high schools overall.

To register to compete, simply visit our website, http://rickardsinvitational.org/, and fill out the online form. Registration is $10 per student and will be available until Friday, November 2nd. Late registration is $15 per student and will be available until Wednesday, November 7th. The website will also have additional information about the competition, including the competition handbooks and past tests. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at rickardsinvitational@gmail.com.

We hope you will be able to attend!

Sincerely,

Nihar Kommu

President, Rickards Mu Alpha Theta

Class of 2019