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A+ Calculator Applications

Grades 6-8

uil a+ calculator applications practice materials 

Previous years' Calculator Application tests

Sample Test & Key

A+ Calculator Sample

Materials are created for one division: grades 6-8.

General Contest Information

The calculator applications contest is designed to stimulate the development of mathematical and calculator skills for students in grade 6,7 and 8. Goals are both intellectual and practical: developing mathematical reasoning and knowledge and requiring the application of problem-solving skills toward realistic problems. Students will take a test containing 80 problems in 30 minutes. The contest consists of problems which may include calculations involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, roots, and powers. It also includes straight-forward calculation problems, and simple geometric and stated problems similar to those found in recently adopted textbooks.

Students may use any silent, hand-held calculator that does not require auxiliary electric power. The calculator data and program memory should be cleared prior to the contest; students may not use pre-recorded programs during the contest.


  • +5 for each correct answer
  • -4 for each incorrect, skipped or illegible answer
  • Only problems through the last completed or attempted problem will be graded

Contact the contest director: Andy Zapata