New test aims to measure math skills

Posted at 11/30/2011 6:17 PM | Updated as of 12/04/2011 11:48 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Math experts from China, Taiwan and the Philippines recently launched a new international math assessment test in an effort to measure students' performance in the subject.

The International Mathematics Assessments for Schools (IMAS) is for students in the junior and immediate levels, the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG) said in a statement.

It will measure students in three cognitive aspects -- knowing, applying and reasoning -- to enrich their math education.

"This test will serve as one of the motivating factors attracting students not only to test their abilities in mathematics but also to challenge their abilities in broadening their mathematical scope," said MTG president Dr. Simon Chua, who is also one of the founders of IMAS.

He added that it will emphasize on tests that will require the use of scientific, explorative and creative approaches to solving problems.

Aside from Chua, other founders of IMAS include professor Zhu Hua Wei of the Guangzhou University in China and professor Sun Wen Hsien of the Chiu Chang Math Education Foundation in Taiwan.

The first round of IMAS will be conducted on December 10, where students will be given 25 math problems. MTG said each student will be assessed and ranked, and will be given a certificate and a personal report.

Awards will be given to students who scored 95% and above, and those who got scores of 85% to 94%.

Those in the top 5% to 10% in each country will qualify for the second round of IMAS, where 15 math problems will be provided.

Gold medals will be given to those who will score 95% and above, silver for those who will get 85% to 94%, and bronze for those who will get 70% to 84%.

An IMAS summer camp will be held in Hong Kong after the two rounds.

Chua said the IMAS is comparable to the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Programme for International Student Assessment.