Selection Process for International Math Olympiad Teams in Puerto Rico

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Do you want to represent Puerto Rico on an international math olympiad?

Here is a what you need to know about how the team selection process is structured in Puerto Rico. First of all, the official math olympiad team selection in Puerto Rico is organized by the Puerto Rico Math Olympiads project (OMPR). It is a year long process that consists of 3 rounds of olympiad exams and also a separate team selection test. As a result, in the end of each year the three teams for international math competitions are selected: a team of 4 students for Central American and Caribbean Math Olympiad (OMCC), a team of 4 students for Iberoamerican Mathematical Olympiad (IbMO) and a team of 2-6 students for International Math Olympiad (IMO). 

Rounds 1-3
  • The First Round consists of 20 mostly counting and combinatorics entry-level multiple choice questions. The students are permitted to take the exam at home and send their individual solutions. Later, they can verify online if they qualify for the next round
 
  • The Second Round consists of 15 multiple choice questions (comparable in difficulty to AMC 8 and some problems from AMC 10). The students are given 3 hours to complete the test and are supervised by proctors.
 
  • The Third Round has 10 open response questions (comparable in difficulty to AMC 10 and some problems from AMC 12). The students are given 3 hours to complete the test and can verify online if they qualify for the team selection test. Round 3 is supervised by proctors similarly to Round 2.
Team Selection Test

Consequently, the students who obtained the best results on the Round 3 qualify for the Team Selection Test usually given in May of each year. Comparing to the previous rounds, it is, certainly, much more difficult. It is structured as two separate exams and held over two consecutive days (Day 1 and Day 2). Each day the contestants are proposed three problems.

The levels of the 6 proposed problems may differ in difficulty, but are comparable to:

  • Level of Moscow City, Saint Petersburg City or Kiev City olympiads.
  • Problems #1 and 4 from United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO)
  • Problems #1 and 4 from Central American and Caribbean Math Olympiad.
  • Problems #1 from Junior Balkan Math Olympiad.
  • Problems #1 from Australian Math Olympiad.
Teams Formation

The teams for Central American and Caribbean Math Olympiad (OMCC) and International Math Olympiad (IMO) are selected based solely on the performance on the Team Selection Test (Day 1 and Day 2 combined score). The results are also used to form a shortlist for another separate team selection test held in August of each year for the Iberoamerican Mathematical Olympiad (IbMO).

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