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Math Olympiads You Should Add To Your Resume

Updated: May 3

Participating in Math Olympiads not only helps you to demonstrate your passion for Math, but also improves your problem-solving and critical thinking skills, your overall test-taking abilities and most importantly makes your college applications more competitive, if you score well, especially for STEM-related courses. Here are 10 olympiads you should consider taking.




Exams by the Center for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) at the University of Waterloo


Euclid is the most competitive of the Waterloo math examinations and doing well in Euclid can help gain admission to the Faculty of Mathematics Programme in University of Waterloo and other competitive Math programs. 

Level: Advanced

Format: 10 questions; a mix of final answer only and full solution for 2.5 hours and scored out of 100. Written at school, participants write individually and on paper. Some calculators permitted

Month: April


Gauss is a wonderful opportunity of Gr. 7 and 8th to grow their interest and get curious about the power of math.

Level: Intermediate

Format: 25 multiple-choice questions. 60 minutes. Score out of 150. Written at school, participants write individually on paper or online. Some calculators permitted

Month: May 


Pascal, Cayley and Fermat are designed to be accessible both to students who have participated in a math contest in the past and to those who haven’t, these multiple-choice questions can help learners build confidence and inspire them to get excited about math. 

Level: Beginner to Intermediate 

Format: 25 multiple-choice questions. 3 parts: Parts A and B follow a traditional multiple-choice format where the answer is A, B, C, D or E. In Part C, participants select a whole number from 0 to 99. 60 minutes. Score out of 150. Written at school, participants write individually on paper or online. Some calculators permitted

Month: February


The Fryer, Galois and Hypatia contests are a unique opportunity for students to write a full-solution contest - a format that can help learners develop both problem-solving and communication skills.

Level: Advanced

Format: 4 questions; a mix of final answer only and full-solution. 75 minutes. Score out of 40. Marks are awarded for completeness, clarity and style of presentation. A correct solution, poorly presented, will not earn full marks. Written at school, participants write individually and on paper. Some calculators permitted

Date: April


Exams by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA)


The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers.

Level: Beginner

Format: 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination

Date: January


6. AMC 10

The AMC 10 is a high school mathematics competiton designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

Level: Intermediate

Format: 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examination

Date: November


7. AMC 12


The AMC 12 is a high school mathematics competiton designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum, including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excluding calculus. Students in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 12.

Level: Advanced

Format: 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examination

Date: November


The American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) is a challenging competition offered for those who excelled on the AMC 10 and/or AMC 12

Level: Advanced

Format: 15-question, 3-hour examination, in which each answer is an integer number between 0 to 999

Date: February


Asian Mathematical Olympiads


The HKIMO is a good introductory olympiad for students across grades 7-12 who want to immerse themselves into the world of competitive mathematics. The examination paper consists of 5 main topics: Logical Thinking, Arithmetic (Kindergarten / Primary Section) / Algebra(Secondary Section), Number Theory, Geometry & Combinatorics. Qualifying in the HKIMO allows students to participate in the WIMO.

Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Format: Open-ended question format with two rounds: heat (25 questions for a total of 100 points) and final round (30 questions for a total of 150 points).

Date: June


SEAMO is an introductory mathematics olympiad for students across southeast asia, and an opportunity to explore maths beyond their school curriculum.

Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Format: 25 questions (20 Multiple-choice and 5 open-ended), scored out of 100. It is a 90 minute exam.

Date: January

 

TIMO provides an opportunity for ALL students with strong interests in Mathematics to participate in Mathematical Olympiad competition.

Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Format: 90-minute heat round with 25 open-ended questions, scored out of 100. 120-minute final round with 30 open-ended questions, scored out of 150.

Date: December


SASMO caters to the top 40% of the student population and it aims to arouse students’ interest in mathematical problem-solving to develop mathematical intuition, reasoning, logical, creative and critical thinking. SASMO contest fits nicely into the school curriculum with a high focus on non-routine problem sums.

Level: Advanced

Format: The duration of the test is 90 minutes for all grades. Each level has a differentiated paper and contains 25 questions within 2 sections:

Section A:  15 Multiple Choice Questions (2 points for each correct answer; 0 point for each unanswered question; deduct 1 point for each wrong answer)

Section B:  10 Non-routine Questions (4 points for each correct answer; no penalty for wrong answers)

Total: 85 points (to avoid negative scores, each student will begin with 15 points)

Date: March, April


To understand which of these olympiads is ideal for you, speak to your mentors at OnCourse who will be able to make the most effective recommendations keeping in mind your interests, your current academic standing and your resume. If you are not enrolled with OnCourse, reach out to set up a consultation meeting to understand more about our mentoring programs for students from Grade 8 to Grade 12. 

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