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In-Person Exam

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The scores seem like they have been tallied, so if you’ve made it to the in-person exam you should have gotten an e-mail by now it seems.

The in-person exam is scheduled for Sunday, May 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Baruch College. It will be in the Vertical Campus, Room 3165.

Update: Note the room change.

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May 3, 2009 at 22:27

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  1. Don’t be surprised if you get a room full of low scores at the end, since most of them used Google, forums, and Yahoo answers to get high scores.


    May 4, 2009 at 00:14

  2. Wikipedia’s the way to go. I think I referred to Wikipedia in three problems, and I’m pretty sure that I used “(by Wikipedia)” as the reason for a step on at least one problem set.

    Franklin Lee

    May 10, 2009 at 23:16

  3. The time limit is a big factor, too. It’s different if you have several days to work on the problems.


    May 13, 2009 at 06:50

  4. It’s been 3 days since the in-person exam.

    Did they finish grading them?


    May 13, 2009 at 07:14

  5. They finished grading them Sunday night. They sent out emails to the winners, but didn’t say who got what place. It’s probably for suspense.

    Franklin Lee

    May 13, 2009 at 09:53

  6. I don’t think they finished grading them sunday night…

    Their goal was to finish them by sunday night, and if they did grade them why shouldn’t they email the rest of the pack?


    May 13, 2009 at 10:31

  7. They did. The winners got the invitations at about 10:30PM Sunday.

    As for why they didn’t email everyone, they probably forgot that it matters.

    Franklin Lee

    May 13, 2009 at 13:03

  8. I mean, it’s the first time this has been done. They messed up the initial email about the contest, they messed up uploading the answers when the links were up, and now they didn’t email everyone else the results.

    But the ceremony is already being organized. Prizewinners were emailed about where it was, what to where, guests, and a bio.

    Franklin Lee

    May 13, 2009 at 13:07

  9. How do you know about this in so much detail?

    I hope they get this whole thing straight so

    people don’t have to find out through some blog

    about what is going on…

    They need to post the solutions and the scores…

    The whole thing is very fishy…


    May 13, 2009 at 14:17

  10. Why are you so paranoid? Two people from my school won a prize and two didn’t, almost everyone who signed up before the first round got that bad email, and anyone who tried the links to the answers after a round found that they weren’t there.

    They told everyone at the test that they would try to email everyone who won a prize by Sunday night. It’s a bad plan, but that’s what they said, and that’s what they did.

    They won’t post the scores until at least tomorrow. If they were going to announce the ranks, they would’ve sent it in the email. They probably want to surprise people.

    If you think you placed, but didn’t get the email, check your college mail account, or email Kara.Heffernan (

    Franklin Lee

    May 13, 2009 at 14:36

  11. Thanks,

    Just one more question,

    How did your friends do on the exam?


    May 13, 2009 at 16:24

  12. As I said, of the four that got in, two placed and two didn’t.

    You want to accuse them of cheating?

    Franklin Lee

    May 13, 2009 at 16:27

  13. I’m not accusing anyone,

    I was just wondering if you know how they did
    so I can compare my score with theirs…

    I solved 5.. and until I see the solutions and
    how they graded my paper, the results are hard to swallow..

    I was just taken aback by how they handled this whole thing..

    I apologize if I offended you or your friends.


    May 13, 2009 at 18:28

  14. I answered five, wrote “It’s probably 7” on the remaining one, and realized from talking to people that three of my answers were not completely correct (one wrong answer, one wrong reasoning, and one it’s-like-you-didn’t-even-read-the-problem).

    If you’re still confident in your answers, email Kara.

    Franklin Lee

    May 13, 2009 at 21:35

  15. Oh, it’s up:

    Yep, the one who got the highest on a CUNY-wide math contest (and I mean “technically beat the other first-prize winner”) is an English/Psychology major from Hunter.


    May 17, 2009 at 01:49

  16. Hopefully next time they try this they will kick low scores out after each round like that we don’t waste our time when high scoring cheaters breeze through the finals.


    June 3, 2009 at 22:41

  17. I have no idea what you’re trying to say, but it’s probably incredibly stupid.


    June 3, 2009 at 23:02

  18. I’m saying the contest was made wrong.
    All online knowledge contest are unfair because of the ease of cheating.
    Second allowing low scoring player to continue after Round 2 was a waste since mathematically it was not possible to win, even if the top player got low scores.
    Not showing the 30 finalist grades was wrong.

    I met at Baruch a winner who cheated through the early rounds and then brought an iPhone to the finals but claimed he did not cheat for the final. Is it true? I can’t verify because he claimed to know the answer just to busy to do it on his own. Using Yahoo Answer to solve most, then deleting the question after a day or two.

    Next time all of the rounds should be done in person. For $2,500 it’s worth the $2.25 in subway fare.


    June 5, 2009 at 16:25

  19. You’ll have to expand on every single one of those.
    – Online contests are unfair.
    – Low scores should be kicked out.
    – Not showing the final grades is wrong.
    – The contest rounds should’ve been in-person.

    Though it’ll still probably be incredibly stupid.


    June 5, 2009 at 17:47

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