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International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) - Mathematics

ICAS - Mathematics - 2018-19

International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) is a leading international student assessment service that provides an objective, in-depth, external assessment of student skills in key learning areas. ICAS is a diagnostic assessment which brings to light the strengths and weaknesses of a student on the four core subject areas of English, Science, Mathematics and Digital Technologies.

The International Assessments for Indian Schools more popularly known as ICAS provides an objective, in-depth assessments of student skills in key learning areas that are essential for success in school & beyond. ICAS is not a competitive exam, it’s purely a diagnostic assessment benchmarked against global standards that reveals academic strengths and weaknesses of students through scientifically graded assessment questions, which demand application of basic to higher order thinking skills from students.

ICAS is the most comprehensive educational assessment program available. As an annual benchmark of learning progress, it puts powerful knowledge in your hands.

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Exam Format
  • The Assessments consist of a range of multiple-choice and free-response questions.
  • For the multiple-choice questions, students will have to choose the correct answer from the four possible options.
  • For the free response questions, students will have to write the answers in the boxes provided.
  • Each question is worth one mark.
  • The total score is the number of correct answers.
  • No marks are deducted for wrong answers.
  • Papers are ordered from the easiest items to the most difficult items.
  • The items towards the end of the paper are designed to provide an opportunity for the most able students to demonstrate a high level of skill.
  • The questions are carefully graded to cater to a wide range of student abilities using contexts that stimulate students' interest and engage their attention. Students at all levels of competency stand to benefit from participation in the diagnostic assessments.

Skill Assessed

ICAS Math questions require students to make sense of mathematical concepts in everyday situations. Content differs across the papers to ensure they are appropriate for year levels

Papers Introductory, A, B, C, D and E(Class 2 to 7):
  • Calculators are not permitted.
  • Formal algebra is tested. Students are expected to be familiar with some conventions of algebra.
  • Formal geometry is tested. Students are expected to be familiar with some conventions of geometry.
Major skills assessed during ICAS Mathematics examination are
  • Algebra and patterns: Involves patterns of numbers, relationships between numbers and the use of symbols to stand for unknown or variable numbers
  • Chance and data: Involves mathematical treatment of data and statistics
  • Measures and units: Involves properties of the physical world that can be measured, the units used to measure them and the process of measurement
  • Number and arithmetic: Involves types of numbers, their properties and number operations. The strand has strong links with measures and units, algebra and patterns and chance and data. It also has some links with space and geometry
  • Space and geometry: Involves the properties of two-dimensional and three-dimensional space..

Exam Date - ICAS Mathematics
  • For schools in India : Friday, 28th September 2018
  • For schools in Neighbouring countries : Wednesday, 10th October 2018

Duration of Papers
  • Classes 2 : 35 multiple-choice / 40 minutes
  • Classes 3 & 4 : 45 multiple-choice / 45 minutes
  • Classes 5 & 6 : 50 multiple-choice / 50 minutes
  • Classes 7 & 8 : 55 multiple-choice / 55 minutes
  • Classes 9 to 12 : 60 multiple-choice/ 60 minutes

ICAS Math Olympiad Sample Papers

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