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
SAMF South African Mathematics Olympiad
South African Mathematics Olympiad – 2021 Online Registration and Entries are open.
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.