Organization : South African Mathematics Foundation
Competition Name : South African Mathematics Olympiad 2019
Applicable For : Open to grade 4-7 learners
Closing Date : 1 February 2019
Website : http://www.samf.ac.za/en/sa-mathematics-olympiad
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SAMF SAMO South African Mathematics Olympiad
The South African Mathematics Olympiad is the biggest Olympiad in the country. Almost 100 000 learners participated in the 2018 Olympiad.
Related : SAMF South African Mathematics Olympiad SAMO 2018 : www.southafricain.com/9418.html
2019 SAMO Dates
Online registration for 2019 SAMO opens on the 28th of January 2019
Closing date for entries: 1 February
First Round: 12 March
Second Round: 15 May
Final Round: 25 July
SAMO Three Rounds
** The first round is written in March.
** The junior division consists of separate papers for grades 8 and 9 and the senior division of one paper for grades 10 to 12.
** Each paper consists of 20 questions with multiple-choice answers and learners have one hour to complete the paper.
** Each school is provided with the solutions.
** For this round, the teachers mark the papers.
** Learners who attain 50% or higher in the first round qualify for the second round which is written in May.
** There are separate papers for the juniors and seniors.
** This time the grade 8 and 9 learners write the same paper.
** Learners have two hours to complete twenty questions.
** The best 100 senior and junior learners from the previous round qualify for the third round.
Why should we enter?
** It is well known that mathematics competitions generate a lot of enthusiasm and curiosity for the subject.
** This aspect of mathematics competitions is becoming more and more important.
** The school subject called “Mathematics” has recently moved more and more to what could be called mechanical calculations or numeracy.
** It is therefore very important that we continue to emphasize that Mathematics is about thinking and the discovery, and validation, of problem solving methods.
** Every participant in the SAMO papers will be challenged by at least one problem and hence his or her problem solving skills will improve.
** Problem solving skills can be further improved by carefully working through the solutions of these rounds.
** We present alternative and innovative solutions and we recommend that the problems used in our papers be used as resources for classroom discussion.
** Creative problem solving skills are very necessary and very marketable in today’s technically oriented market place.
** This market place is now global and South Africa needs to be very competitive.
** Hence we need expert problem solvers.
** Practice in problem solving will help to train our future leaders of technological development.
How To Apply SAMO
Educators are encouraged to enter as many learners as possible for the SAMO.
Send your completed ENTRY FORM AND PAYMENT/PROOF OF PAYMENT (we can only register your school if we receive both documents) to :
The South African Mathematics Foundation
OR email both documents to info AT samf.ac.za
OR fax it to +27(0)12 392 9312
SAMO Entry Fee
See last page for more details :
** E-mail entries at R22 per learner are available.
** South African schools at R32 per learner.
** South African schools with more than 100 entrants can enter at a reduced rate of R26 per learner.
** Quintile 1, 2 schools can enter up to 100 learners free of charge.
** Schools outside South Africa at R55 per learner. 1st round papers etc. will be emailed to schools, i.e. no hard copies will be posted.
Sponsorship Of Entries :
If a learner or Quintile 3 school cannot afford the entry fee, a written request for sponsorship must be sent with the entry form. Not more than 100 sponsored entries per school are allowed.
Contact Information :
South African Mathematics Foundation
Tel: +27(0)12 392 9324/16
E-mail: info AT samf.ac.za