International Math Olympiad (IMO) is a yearly competition for schools who wish to attend, the participation of schools are from various countries. IMO is organized in different parts of the globe it was first started in Romania in 1959; this is considered to be the oldest of the science Olympiad. For students who participate in this competition which is the pinnacle for mathematical challenges have to make sure they inform their respective schools prior to the exam. This is a school based registered event and individual students would not be able to attend it.
The participants would attend questions from trigonometry, pre calculus, geometry, to make sure the participants get them right it requires exceptional mathematical ability. The usual size for the participants is a maximum of six student competitors and a maximum of two leaders, they stand a chance to get recognized globally and are awarded certificates through performance based ranking system. There are 4 levels (In school, City, State and International level) in which students can gauge themselves after writing the test, prizes can include cash prizes, gold medals, laptops, tablets, etc.. Apart from the prizes, a ‘Math Quotient’ (MQ) Report is provided to each student after the Olympiad. This report provides a detailed analysis which helps the students to evaluate themselves in their areas of weakness.
For students who are writing this exam for the first time they can refer to sample papers which are available on the web and can also visit Brainistic which is great quizzing tool for educationists and teachers who want their students to take the questions at their convenience. The popular ones to quiz are International Maths Olympiad, Computer MCQ, and the National Science Olympiad.
The Olympiads themselves are separate competitions each with its own organizing body, even though they are loosely grouped together as “ISOs”. The aims of each ISO are to promote a career in science; to challenge the brightest students from around the world; and to compare the various teaching systems of each country.
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