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5 Things You Didn’t Know About The SOF International Math Olympiad

The SOF International Math Olympiad helps students test out their mathematical skills with students from all over the world. The exams are conducted in two levels- Level 1 and Level 2.  

The level 1 exam is open to students in classes 1-12 and is conducted in the students’ respective schools during school hours. The exam lasts for 60-minutes and is attempted solely in English. 

The test paper of classes 1 to 4 consists of 35 questions and from class 5 onwards 50 questions from various mathematical sections such as Mathematical reasoning, Logical reasoning, Everyday mathematics, and an Achievers section. 

The students who perform exceptionally well stand a chance to qualify for Level 2 of the SOF IMO exam. However, students in class 3-12 are only allowed to appear for the Level 2 exam. Students who pass anyone criteria out of the following are selected for the Level 2 exam:

  1. The Top 5% grade-wise candidates who appeared for Level 1
  2. Top 25 Zonal and Grade level rank holders in Level 1
  3.  Grade wise toppers from different schools.

The International Math Olympiad is not just a math competition; it’s a global challenge that helps your child grow their mathematical skills in a competitive environment.

Here are five things, you probably didn’t know about the SOF International Mathematical Olympiad:

IMO prepares your child for competitions in the real world:  

The world is filled with intense competition that your child will have to partake in and win in. School-level competitions are not the same as the level of competition your child will face while they are on their path to carve out a career for themselves. The SOF IMO welcomes teams from all around the world, having various levels of math aptitudes.

 Your child gets the real-life experience of what it is like to compete with people from all walks of life, thus preparing them for any and every competition in the real world. The SOF IMO tests out math skills that are crucial for success in the 21st century through various questions in sections such as Mathematical Reasoning, Logical reasoning, Everyday math, and Higher-Order thinking skills:


  • Mathematical Reasoning:
    Mathematical Reasoning equips students with the ability to evaluate situations, select problem-solving strategies, draw logical conclusions, develop and describe solutions, and recognize how those solutions can be applied.
  • Logical Reasoning:
    Logical Reasoning can be defined as the process of using a rational, systematic series of steps based on sound mathematical procedures and given statements to arrive at a conclusion
  • Everyday Mathematics:
    Everyday Mathematics helps your child understand how the world around them works, and the importance and application of math in various aspects of their life and surrounding
  • Achievers Section:
    This section helps students attempt questions that are new and more challenging for them and will give them exposure to learning new things with interest.

Math Olympiad is your child’s window to think innovatively:

When your child is at school, they are taught how to solve a problem in a set way, when in reality the problem might have different methods and procedures to solve them But your child, in this case, is not allowed to explore the other possible results and ways a math problem can be solved. Math Olympiad pose as a ticket for your child to broaden their horizons when it comes to the subject itself; it allows your child to look into it as a challenge instead of being scared of it.  

At Cuemath, we believe in your child’s inherent ability to solve a problem on their own. We let your child experience math in a way that is both engaging and fun. Math Olympiad are fun and challenging at the same time; we make sure your child is Olympiad ready with our newly introduced IMO course.

The Olympiad encourages the habit of problem-solving in your child:

IMO requires participants to look at a problem in many different ways to reach a solution. It inculcates the practice of real-life problem-solving. Outside the four walls and textbooks of schools is a world that heavily relies on problem-solving and logical skills. Olympiad such as the International Math Olympiad, help your child get a glimpse of what it is like to be able to solve a real-life problem.

Math Olympiad develop mathematical thinking in your child:

Mathematical thinking can be defined as the process of looking at a mathematical problem in many different ways before concluding, in other words, mathematical thinking lets your child think outside the box, an ability that is very much useful and needed in today’s world.

The International Math Olympiad changes the subjective perception that Math is evil:

The rote-learning educational system has successfully made your child believe he cannot solve a particular Math problem unless it’s done in the way it has initially been taught at school. The Indian education system, when it comes to a versatile subject such as Math does not teach the habit of solving a problem in many different ways. It’s rooted in the fact that a particular issue, can only have a single answer and that answer can only be reached using a unique formula or problem-solving technique. It instills a sense of dread and fear in your child, which does not allow them to think about the solutions to the problem in a different way.

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