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* Honorable mention - any student who receives a score of 7 on any one problem but did not receive a medal. | * Honorable mention - any student who receives a score of 7 on any one problem but did not receive a medal. | ||

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=== Team Competition === | === Team Competition === |

## Revision as of 22:22, 19 July 2009

The **International Mathematical Olympiad** is the pinnacle of all high school mathematics competitions and the oldest of all international scientific competitions. Each year, countries from around the world send a team of 6 students to compete in a grueling competition.

## Contents

## Format of the Competition

The competition takes place over 2 consecutive days. Each day 3 problems are given to the students to work on for 4.5 hours. Following the general format of high school competitions, it does not require calculus or related topics.

### Scoring

Scoring on each problem is done on a 0-7 scale (inclusive and integers only). Full credit is only given for complete, correct solutions. Each solution is intended to be in the form of a mathematical proof. Since there are 6 problems, a perfect score is 42 points.

### Awards

Medals, honorable mentions and sometimes, Special prize are given out.

- Gold - the top 1/12 of individual scores.
- Silver - the next 2/12 of individual scores.
- Bronze - the next 3/12 of individual scores.
- Honorable mention - any student who receives a score of 7 on any one problem but did not receive a medal.
- Special PriZe - Given to students who score 7 in one problem with an especially insightful solution.

### Team Competition

There is no official team competition. Unofficially, however, the scores of each team are compared each year where a team's score is the sum of their individual scores.

## History

The IMO started in 1959 as a competition among Eastern European countries. Since then, it has evolved into the premier international competition in mathematics.

## See also

- IMO Problems and Solutions, with authors
- Mathematics competition resources
- Math books
- Mathematics scholarships
- Worldwide Online Olympiad Training

## External Links

- <url>index.php?f=87 AoPS-MathLinks IMO Forum</url>
- <url>resources.php AoPS-MathLinks Olympiad Resources</url>
- Official IMO Site
- IMO 2007 Vietnam
- IMO 2006 Slovenia