Qualification Quiz 2014

What is the Qualification Quiz?

Sigma Qualification Quiz 2014 consists of 10 problems; all students applying to SC 2014 must solve it and submit their solutions (except for winners of the Problem of the Month contest - see below)

The quiz consists of problems in Math, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science - two problems in each discipline. The problems vary in difficulty, and you are not expected to solve all of them. Do as many problems as you can (this will, of course, increase your chances of getting accepted), but even if you solve just one problem, please send us your answer anyway. When evaluating QQ solutions, we consider your age and the amount of effort and thought that your put into tackling the problems. In scientific research, persistence and creative and analytical thought are essential and we will look for that in submissions. (That is, show your thought process!)


Download SigmaCamp Qualification Quiz 2014 (updated on April 1).


Who does not need to take the QQ?

Students who are between ages of 12 and 16 and who did well in the Problem of the Month (POM) contest as described below do not need to submit the QQ.

  • Students in grades 9 and 10 (as of May 2014): those who earned a total of 115 point by the end of February
  • Students in grade 8 and below (as of May 2014): those who earned a total of 100 point by the end of February

Who needs to take the QQ?

Everyone else (including past campers) need to submit the QQ.

Every POM 2013/2014 participant will be given the priority in acceptance to SigmaCamp 2014.


How to prepare and submit your solution

Before submitting your solutions, you need to fill the registration form.

All solutions must be submitted online. We encourage you to type up your answers, but some of the problems require math or chemical formulas, so you may want to handwrite your solutions.  Handwritten solutions can be scanned (please save the scans in PDF format) and then submitted online. Allowed file formats are Word and PDF.

If handwriting solutions, please make sure that your work is easy to read, as a courtesy to the graders. Please write only on one side of each page, leave wide margins. Use a dark pencil or black pen, and cross out instead of making smudgy erasures.) If you submit a solution that does not follow those general guidelines, we may ask you to resubmit.

Solutions for every subject must be saved as a separate file; you can submit them independently of each other (so you can submit solutions for one subject earlier than the other).

To submit a solution, click on the link below:


Submit solutions of Qualification Quiz 2014


If for some reason you can not submit your solutions online, you may do so by sending them by snail mail. Be sure to make a copy of what you send, in case there is some problem with the delivery.


SigmaCamp 2014, 68 Upper Sheep Pasture Rd, E. Setauket, NY 11733.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to e-mail us at

info@sigmacamp.org  or call 631-672-1592631-672-1592


We wish you good luck on your application, and hope that you will enjoy working on the Qualification Quiz.