Organization : South African Mathematics Foundation
Competition Name : South African Mathematics Olympiad 2021
Applicable For : Open to grade 4-7 learners
Closing Date : 5 March 2021
Website : http://www.samf.ac.za/sa-mathematics-olympiad
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SAMF South African Mathematics Olympiad
South African Mathematics Olympiad – 2021 Online Registration and Entries are open.
Related / Similar Olympiad : SA Mathematics & English Olympiad 2022
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.
** First Round – 11 March 2021 (one-hour paper written any time on the 11th of March)
** Second Round – 18 May 2021
** Third Round – 22 July
** Closing date for online entries – 5 March 2021
** Venue – Your own school
How to Register?
Simple Steps To Enter Your Learners Online For The 2021 SAMO
Step 1 : Register as user on www.samf.ac.za
Click on ‘register’ from the home page and submit the online form. You will receive an automated email request to confirm your registration.
Step 2 : Activation As Olympiad Organiser
Once the SAMO Project Manager has verified that you are your school’s Olympiad organiser, your status will be upgraded.
Step 3 : Now You Are Ready To Register Your 1St Round Learners
Log on to the page and click ‘SAMO 2021 online entries’.
Step 4 : Update And Confirm Your School Details
Follow the registration steps. The 1st step is to update and confirm your school’s details.
Step 5 : Enter Your 1st Round Learners
Now enter the number of learners per grade in the table. The totals will be calculated automatically.
Step 6 : Pay Your Entry Fee
Your school’s invoice will be emailed. You can also print it from the website. You can do an EFT or pay with a credit card. You have 48 hours to make payment, after which the entry will be cancelled.
Step 7 : Confirmation
After you have paid you will receive a confirmation email confirming your 1st round registration.
** 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.
Marking: The teachers themselves mark the answers. Each school is provided with the solutions. This ensures immediate feedback.
** Learners who attain 50% and higher in the first round qualify for the second round. There are separate papers for the junior and seniors.
** The grade 8 and 9 learners write the same paper. The learners have two hours to complete 25 questions.
** Learners who participate in the second round receive a certificate.
Marking: The answers are marked by computer, in the SAMF office.
** The 100 best senior and 100 best junior learners from the previous round qualify for the third round.
** There are separate papers for the juniors and seniors.
** Learners who participate in the third round receive a bronze medal and certificate.
** The best 10 learners per division receive their prizes at the annual award function.
Why should we enter?
** Mathematics competitions generate a lot of enthusiasm and curiosity for the subject.
** Learners will be exposed to problems that will test and improve their thinking, discovering, and validation of problem solving methods. In short, they will become better mathematicians.
** The Maths Olympiad is recognised as one of the best vehicles to identify the most talented learners in the country.
** Participation will result in a better quality of product from the schools and will put their learners in a position to reap higher achievement levels at university.
** The type of problems is similar to those used by Universities as part of their entry level testing and therefore especially the grade 12 learners will gain valuable experience.
** Working through old question papers is one of the best ways to prepare for the Olympiad.
** Past question papers and solutions are available on our website – samf.ac.za. Register as a user and log in to gain access to these resources.
** SAMF have a wide variety of publications, see the included order form.
FAQ On SAMO
Frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO).
Q: What is the South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO)?
A: The South African Mathematics Olympiad (SAMO) is a national mathematics competition for high school learners in South Africa. The competition is organized by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) and aims to identify and develop the mathematical talent of learners, as well as promote interest in mathematics among learners.
Q: Who is eligible to participate in the SAMO?
A: The SAMO is open to high school learners in South Africa who are 19 years old or younger on 1 January of the year of the competition. There are different categories for different grades, ranging from Grade 8 to Grade 12.
Q: How can I register for the SAMO?
A: Learners can register for the SAMO through their schools. Schools must register with the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) to participate in the competition. The SAMF provides the necessary information and registration forms to schools.