1Q: What is the difference between IMAS Tryout and IMC Tryout?
A: International Mathematics Assessments for Schools (IMAS) is a world-class mathematics
assessment test organized by IMAS Executive Council. It offers 2 rounds of contests,
followed by a summer camp in Hong Kong. The first round is the IMAS Tryout and the
second round is the IMC Tryout..
The IMAS tryout is the Hong Kong Summer Camp Qualifying Round 1. The IMC tryout serves
as both the Hong Kong Summer Camp Qualifying Round 2 and the Qualifying Round for
the International Math Contest (IMC) in Taiwan.
A: You should take the IMAS tryouts. From the participants in each country, only
the top 5-10% of the students from the IMAS Tryout will be invited to take the next
round (same contest as the IMC Tryout). For these students, the IMC tryout will serve
as both the Hong Kong Summer Camp Qualifying Round 2 and IMC-Taiwan Qualifying Round.
However, if the student is not in the top 5-10% for IMAS, he/she can still possibly
qualify for IMC-Taiwan.
14Q: What is the difference between the Hong Kong Summer Camp and the 12-week training?
A: The Hong Kong Summer Camp is conducted by the IMAS and coordinated by Mathedge
only. The students to be selected will be at the discretion of the IMAS Executive
Council. On the other hand, the 12-week training is conducted by Mathedge for students
whose scores are in the top 10% of the IMC Tryout.
19Q: My child and I would like to spend some time in Taiwan before the contest dates.
Are students and/or their family members required to book travel with the MathEdge
A: No, students and their family members are not required to travel with the MathEdge
group to Taiwan. Traveling with the group is encouraged, however, as students often
like to be with their teammates.
21Q: What will the itinerary be for students participating in the contest and/or
for accompanying family?
A: A guide assigned to the MathEdge group will pick up our group from the airport
and take us to the hotel. Students will eat breakfast and lunch. Hotel check-in is
usually in the mid-afternoon. After check-in, students can relax in their rooms and
adjust to the time change and jetlag until about 6PM. That evening, the MathEdge
team and their travel companions usually meet in the hotel lobby to get to know one
another, have dinner, and for the students to get in some more practice before the
Students can join tours and have meals together. Parents or other family members
who have booked their own travel separately may also be able to go on tours and share
meals with the MathEdge team. In the past, it was possible to add individual tours
and meals but the contest organizer prefers that accompanying family members join
us for all activities and meals. Family member(s) joining the group activities needs
to be reserved/rearranged ahead of time.
There is also a dinner and awards ceremony after the contests.
Sample itinerary from 2011 IMC in Indonesia:
July 18 – Arrival
July 19 – Opening Ceremony and Puzzle Competition
July 20 – Individual and Team Competition, Cultural Presentation Part 1