Newsbreaker News: Life Isn’t Always a Piece of Cake…or In This Case, a Piece of Pi

Pacific Grove High School’s Math Club braved quite a challenge on Thursday, October 12, participating in the first in a series of six thirty-five minute competitive math tests. This American Scholastic Mathematics Association (ASMA) test consisted of seven challenging free-response questions, covering topics ranging from numbers in different bases to divisibility rules to geometry. Some of the content does not appear ever in the Common Core curriculum. As Katie Hansen puts it, “I thought the test was really hard because we haven’t learned most of the material it was on. It was a fun challenge though.” The twelve test-takers gathered in Mrs. Richmond’s classroom at the beginning of lunch. Providing students with an opportunity to practice their test-taking skills, the test additionally helped them learn to allocate time efficiently in order to attempt as many problems as possible. The best part? This test posed no threat to the students’ GPAs! In the next few weeks, the Math Clubbers will continue their preparation for the next ASMA test by learning new techniques for solving competition problems. The club will also participate in the AMC 10 and AMC 12 competitions in February and the Mathletics competition in the spring. Interested? Come check out Math Club any Thursday during lunch in Mrs. Richmond’s room B-2! Good luck, Math Club!

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