The Mathematics Olympiad is an annual nationwide competition in which more than 200,000 students take part. It is a tradition dating back to the 1961/62 school year in Germany. The Mathematics Olympiad offers all interested students the opportunity to prove their special abilities in the field of mathematics. The competition, which is divided into age groups for pupils from grade 3 upwards, requires logical thinking, the ability to combine and creative handling of mathematical methods. Participation in the competition often encourages students to engage in mathematics far beyond the classroom.
In the lower grades, the fun of rational-logical thinking often dominates as the motive. Older students, on the other hand, are encouraged to test, consolidate, and further developing their own mathematical skills in the handling of demanding tasks. In the Federal Round of the Mathematics Olympiad, teams of up to fourteen pupils from grade 8 from all provinces will be invited to the Federal Circuit in May or June. Since 2014, up to five guests from German schools abroad have been allowed to participate. On two days, the participants work on three assignments in a four-and-a-half hour exam. The best qualify to participate in the selection competition for the international mathematical Olympiad.
The Federal Circuit takes place every year in another federal state: in 2019 Saxony will be hosting Chemnitz as the venue. The next two hosts have already decided: 2020 North Rhine-Westphalia (Bonn) and 2021 Berlin. For the implementation of the Federal Circuit there is a regulation, How the participants are to be assigned to the individual Olympic qualification classes is described in the rules for the classification into the Olympic qualification classes. Implementation decisions of the jury finally supplement two points of the regulations.
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The first round is open to students of all grades who attend a school in Germany. In terms of content, however, competition is directed at grades 9 to 13 of schools leading to higher education entrance qualification. Pupils at German schools abroad can also participate, but restrictions apply here. All winners of the first round are eligible to participate in the second round. The first winners of the second round have qualified for participation in the third round.
There are no associated fees with participating in this competition.
The IMO aims to help students with a high degree of mathematical interest and ability, but also gives them the opportunity to participate at an international level.
Participation is flexible in terms of time - therefore the amount of time dedicated to the competition project(s) is at the discretion of the participant. This is also subject to variability depending on the number of rounds an entrant participates in.
Participation in the IMO selection competition is subject to two conditions:
1. You must have successfully participated in the second round of the Federal Mathematics Competition or the Federal Circuit of the Mathematical Olympiad in Germany or as a national winner in the competition "Jugend forscht", Department of Mathematics.
2. You have to live in Germany, still attend school and may not be older than 20 years at the time of IMO.
The selection competition for the International Mathematical Olympiad begins every year in early December with two exams. Eligible applicants will be invited to these exams via their school.