Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Down To The Wire - Alex And His AIME (American Invitational Mathematics Examination)



Song:  Highway Song

Group:  Blackfoot




Alex walking into NorthStar's campus to take his AIME
(American Invitational Mathematics Examination).

The road to this final journey for Alex was a long and convoluted one.

The site which posts the Honor Roll for the AMC 12 is still not complete for Nevada
(The organization said that only after the AIME scores are tabulated...
will the web site reflect Alex's name and score for the AMC 12 Honor Roll...
it could be another several weeks).

Alex had achieved the Honor Roll for his AMC 12 score...
and achieving the Honor Roll is a prerequisite to the taking of AIME.

We had been waiting for the results for weeks...
but neither Alex's school, nor had Alex, received word on his status.

The last testing for AIME is today.

Yesterday...
Alex's math teacher called the organization to find out Alex's status.

He again called them today.

They initially had said that they had no record of having received Alex's test.

However...
as the math teacher had already explained to them...
he had received an Email from them showing receipt of Alex's AMC 12 test.

My wife had already asked the teacher to request a hand check...
and so the teacher had relayed this message to them.

Just 3 hours prior to the AIME test...
my wife thought to take pictures of Alex's AMC 12 test paper...
and had included them with a link to the organization...
and had then emailed them to me.

I immediately composed an email to the organization with the supporting evidence...
and within 15 minutes...Alex's teacher called us saying that the organization
had found Alex's test...and that they had hand corrected it...
and in fact...that Alex had made the Honor Roll...
and that he could take today's AIME.

The organization then emailed the test to the teacher...
and with but a couple of hours to spare...
Alex got to take this next tier math competition
(Universities ask prospective students if they had qualified for AIME...
and if so, how they had scored).

(As the AMC 12 is for up to 12th graders...
Alex has another 3 years to compete in this once a year testing...
and to requalify for AIME entrance every year).

I don't blame the organization...
they have to grade and compile thousands of AMC tests from all across the nation
(mistakes happen).

They searched for Alex's test...
and corrected the situation in time.

This was the important thing...
 although, we were on edge until the situation finally got resolved.

Alex was so happy that the situation was resolved in time.

Alex had a big smile on his face...
as did we all.

Alex was so looking forward to this competition...
and he has been working hard for it.

For weeks...
we had been on hold.

We felt as if we were driving along a long desert highway...
were running low on gas with no filling station in sight...
and that all we could do was to ride it out.

I don't know if it was a coincidence that the supporting evidence
that my wife had gathered had anything to do with the successful 
resolution to our quandary...but it was good thinking on my wife's part.

It provided a valuable lesson for Alex...
to exhaust all possible avenues toward problem rectification...
 to always keep copies of everything...
and to keep them organized for quick retrieval.

I just dropped off Alex at his campus testing center...
and I will be picking him up in 3 hours.



We waited near the office for Alex's math teacher to begin the test.


One of the proctored testing centers.

Alex's math teacher was also there to proctor the test.


Alex loves taking tests and entering competitions.

Each are objectives which mark and flavor his journey...
on the highway to his goals.



Later tonight...
we are going out to Alex's favorite Indian restaurant 
to celebrate his successful bid to take his first 
American Invitational Mathematics Examination

(Before this...Alex was concentrating on Mathcounts).



Addendum:



After almost two months of emails...
they finally sent Alex his certificate...
although we are still waiting for them to update the website.












2 comments:

  1. That was a little too close but I'm glad they got it straightened out in the end. Good for you and your wife to keep after them.

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  2. Yes, Alex was so happy that he got to take the examination. We still must await the official results and for them to update the site...but Alex thinks he did well for his first time.

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