MATHEMATICS TALENT COMPETITION
Guidelines for submissions

The math talent competition is an Olympiadstyle exam which will be administered to students on Saturday 16th November 2019, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The primary venue is The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, but students also have the option of writing the exam at Presentation College, San Fernando.

There is no registration fee and no age restriction. Schools are encouraged to enter their best mathematics students, especially those in Forms 5, Lower 6 and Upper 6.

Each school is allowed to submit the names of up to six (6) students to participate. Students who previously participated in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) are not eligible for this competition.

Schools should fill in the attached registration form and submit it to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics before 12:00pm on Friday 15th November 2019.

Electronic submissions can be emailed to kevin.awai@sta.uwi.edu

Hardcopies can be mailed or handdelivered to

Department of Mathematics and Statistics
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

The exam is two (2) hours long. Participants must answer eight (8) questions, each worth 5 points. Students must show all working and reasoning to justify their answers. The attached sample exam and solutions demonstrate this.

It focuses more on students’ logical reasoning and problemsolving skills than on the extent of students’ mathematical knowledge. Questions can come from the following areas:

Algebra – manipulating equations, factorising, basic inequalities, logic.

Geometry – angles, lines, triangles, quadrilaterals, circles, trigonometry.

Number Theory – playing with numbers and using properties of integers.

Combinatorics – counting, permutations and combinations, probability, etc.


Prizes for the top 3 individual performances will be awarded on Friday 22nd November 2019, the day of the UWI Math Fair 2019. An electronic Certificate of Participation will also be prepared for each participating student.
Any inquiries about the competition and the rules should be addressed to
Mr Kevin Awai
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
The University of the West Indies
St. Augustine Campus
Trinidad and Tobago
Email: kevin.awai@sta.uwi.edu Tel: 6622002 ext. 83553