TMSCA (Texas Math & Science Coach’s Association)
An organization dedicated to promoting excellence in math and science through competition.
The Number Sense test is a 10 minute, 80-question mental math test covering all high school mathematics courses (or middle school courses depending on the level of the test). Shortcuts need to be developed and practiced in order to compete and finish the test.
The Calculator Applications test includes calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, roots, powers, exponential, logarithms, trigonometric functions and inverse trigonometric functions. In addition to straightforward calculation problems, the contest includes geometric and stated problems similar to those found in algebra, geometry and trigonometry textbooks, previous contests and League materials related to the contest. (Problems are adjusted for middle school competition.
The Mathematics test is designed to test knowledge and understanding in the areas of algebra I and algebra II, geometry, trigonometry, math analysis, analytic geometry, pre-calculus and elementary calculus. (Content is adjusted for middle school competition.)
The Science test challenges students to do a wide range of reading in biology, chemistry, and physics, to gain an understanding of the significance of experiments rather than to recall details, to be alert to new discoveries and information in the areas of science, to gain an understanding of the basic principles as well as knowledge of the history and philosophy of science, and to foster a sense of enthusiasm about how science affects our lives. (The middle school science test covers earth science and life science.)