Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee Invitational Program
The Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee (AMOC) Invitational Program is a program which offers the top students from the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA) and the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) extra enrichment opportunities, and can lead to selection in the Australian team to participate in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The IMO is the pinnacle of competition between students of pre-university level from different countries.
Participation in our Olympiad program is by invitation. In each state or territory the AMOC State Directors offer and coordinate local training for identified students. They issue invitations to the Senior Contest and the Australian Mathematical Olympiad (AMO).
Invitations to participate in higher events are made by the national Director of Training – Dr. Angelo Di Pasquale. These events include the AMOC School of Excellence, the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO), and the April IMO Selection School. The Australian team to participate at the IMO is chosen at the conclusion of the April school.
To be considered for an invitation to state-based training, students need to have a record of outstanding results in the following competitions:
Student performance in the following competitions is also considered when inviting participants to the Selection School:
» Australian Mathematics Olympiad (AMO)
» Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO)
AMOC Senior Contest
This four-hour senior examination is the first of AMOC’s national mathematics contests. The paper is set by the AMOC Senior Problems Committee. Typically, up to 100 students (generally Year 10 or 11 but sometimes younger students showing great potential) are invited to enter.
Australian Mathematical Olympiad (AMO)
Typically, up to 100 students (generally Year 11 or 12 but sometimes younger students showing great potential) are invited to enter. The paper is set by the Senior Problems Committee. The most successful students are invited to sit the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad and considered for participation in the IMO Selection School.
Training Schools and Mentor Program
Each year AMOC holds three training schools and conducts a mentor program. About 25 students attend the AMOC School of Excellence held in Melbourne in December. About half are contenders for the next IMO team. The remainder are Year 10 (or younger) students who are regarded as strong contenders for future teams.
Following the December school, participants are invited to complete an amount of correspondence work.
The IMO Selection School is held in April, normally in Sydney over Easter. Like the School of Excellence, 25 students attend. Students are provided with preparatory work for each of these schools.
After the selection of the IMO team, the six team members plus reserve are assigned mentors, usually past Olympians from their own town, and undertake specially prepared exercises on a regular basis.
Finally, the team members attend a training camp immediately prior to the IMO, usually held at or near the IMO venue. In recent years this has been held jointly with the UK team and culminates in the ‘Ashes contest’, held annually since 2008.