Organization : South African Mathematics Foundation
Competition Name : South African Mathematics Olympiad 2018
Applicable For : Open to grade 4-7 learners
Closing Date : 2 February 2018
Website : http://www.samf.ac.za/sa-mathematics-olympiad
Entry Form : https://www.southafricain.com/uploads/9418-SAMOFORM2018.pdf
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SAMF South African Mathematics Olympiad
** The South African Mathematics Olympiad is the biggest Olympiad in the country. Almost 100 000 learners participated in the 2017 Olympiad.
Related : SAMF SAMO South African SA Maths Olympiad 2019 : www.southafricain.com/13951.html
** 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.
The Three Rounds
Date : 14 March, 1 hour paper
** 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.
Date : 16 May, 14:00 – 16:00
** 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.
Date : 6 July, 09:00 – 13:00
** 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.
Date And Time Of The First Round :
The first round takes place on 14 March at your school.
The duration is one hour and a school can schedule its own time.
First round parcels (consisting of the final instructions regarding round one, the question papers, answer sheets, solutions and certificates) will be mailed as soon as we have received your entry form.
2 February 2018 :
The last date to submit your entries is on the 2nd of February 2018.
Absolutely No Late Entries Will Be Accepted.
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
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