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A+ Science

Materials are created for ONE DIVISION: gradeS 6-8.

General Contest Information

Emphasis for the Science contest, for students in sixth through eighth grades, will be placed on knowledge of scientific fact, understanding of scientific principles and the ability to think through scientific problems. The contest was designed to test not only memory but the ability to critically think about science and scientific processes and concepts. Such concepts include, but are not limited to: matter and energy, equilibrium, force and motion, physical and chemical properties, the relationship between organisms and the environment, the components of our solar system, the composition of matter and genetics. The contest will build upon the vast body of changing and increasing knowledge described by physical, mathematical, and conceptual models.

Each test will consist of approximately 50 multiple choice questions which will be taken from current state-adopted science textbooks and the curriculum. There will be approximately 15 questions for each grade level and five wild card or general questions on the test. Students will be given forty-five minutes to take the test. 


  • +5 for correct answers
  • -2 for incorrect answers
  • No deduction for skipped or unanswered items