Every year, approximately 500,000 students around the world take these exams. They range in difficulty and take anywhere from 5 to 30 hours to complete, and stand as a major test of intelligence and problem-solving skills.
The Scholastic Olympiads are administered worldwide by over 200 universities in over 26 countries. The Mathematics Competition is graded on a scale of 1 to 5; 1 being the lowest level and 5 being the highest. There are four different Olympiads: the Middle School Competition, the High School Competition, the College Competition, and the Graduate Competition. Each competition is intended for a different age range.
The Middle School Mathematics competition is intended for students in grades 6 to 8. The High School level competition is intended for students in grades 9 to 12. The College-level competition is intended for college freshmen and sophomores. The Graduate Level competition is designed for graduates of colleges and universities or graduate students currently enrolled in graduate programs or classes.
In the past, students that have been prepared for the Olympiads have been rewarded by getting a higher score. Students who have prepared for it should not be intimidated by the difficulty of the questions but should enjoy themselves while doing them. They should do them in a relaxed environment, and try to do as many as possible. Questions from the olympiads are frequently asked on college entrance exams and may be asked again in college courses.
If you are preparing for the class 10 Olympiad exam, here are some tips to excel.
- Remember, at some point in the exam i.e., at any point in time it is possible that your knowledge may not be sufficient to solve every question on the board, in such a case there is always a possibility of an ‘escape’.
- It does not matter how many questions you attempt in an exam; what matters is how accurately and creatively you answer the questions which you attempt.
- You must understand that even if you do not attempt all the questions in an exam, no one else can solve them because every student has a different perspective and point of view about the concepts derived from classwork and solved questions.
- If you have been absent from any exam it is always better to attempt all the questions on the same day on which you have been absent from the exam, in such a way you will be sure of maximum marks.
- You should always remain calm and composed during exams and feel very confident about your performance, even if there is a small gap between two questions it’s not a big deal.
- It’s not necessary to send the photos of the marks sheet to anyone after the examination i.e., teachers, relatives, etc. But you may read your mark sheet with your friends, relatives, etc.
- During the exam keep on asking yourself questions like, why are some questions difficult to answer?
- You will always get more marks in the exams if you stay calm during exams and do not fall into any of the careless mistakes which can be easily made during exams.
- It is very important that you understand the question correctly and then answer it, never trying to interpret the question in your way.
- Always remember that during exams you will face questions that are very similar to what is taught in class but most of the time you will not be able to solve them because your marks will come from answering different types of questions than what is taught in class.
Students spend about an hour and a half on each competition, so they must be read carefully. Some problems can be skipped if they are already known. The more questions a student can finish, the more likely it is that the student will do well on the exam. It is also important to be in a relaxed environment while doing them and take time to rest and recuperate when needed.
When preparing for the Olympiads, one should practice speed and accuracy, but not at the expense of depth. One should not worry about the difficulty of the questions, as this is one of many factors that make up a student’s score. Being prepared will make a student better at doing them and overall it will help each student do well on the tests.
Students who are interested in getting the most out of the Olympiads should practice frequently, whether it is with peers or alone. Also, check the IMO Maths Olympiad Question Papers. It is also helpful to consult people who have achieved good scores on the Olympiads, as they can advise on improving one’s performance.
Benefits of participating in the Olympiads
Get better grades, meet interesting people, and explore the world. Every year during the Olympics, governments promote an Olympiad in their country for highly talented students who are eager to compete in solving problems with international relevance.
Benefits of participating in the Olympiads:
- The benefits of taking part in the Olympiads are many, not least because the competitions are held year after year all over the world, so you will have lots of opportunities to travel and meet new people.
- You will get to know lots of other students from various countries and cultures, and learn how they deal with the demands of school and home.
- After all, not everyone can be a gold medalist but even if you don’t win anything, you will improve your analytical skills and your capacity to deal with pressure.
Many students find the Olympiads very challenging, but great amounts of study have shown that students that have prepared for the Olympiads have an easier time with them than students that have not. While some of the problems are similar to those seen in high school, many require deeper understanding. The amount of time spent preparing for them is dependent on the student’s schedule and how much time they can devote to their studies. The more time spent preparing for it, the more likely a student is to do well.