5 International Mathematics Competitions For Students Of All Ages

5 International Mathematics Competitions For Students Of All Ages

If your kids are good at Math, have you ever considered sending them to a math competition? A little competition can work wonders for kids.  The challenge of competitions could use an extra motivator to realize their full potential, spark their resume to earn scholarships, and open the door to many opportunities in the international education environment. 

In this article, we’ve compiled all the details on 5 popular math competitions for all age levels, including the eligibility requirements.  We’ll also briefly explain how to decide which math competition is right for your child and how math competitions can help her shine as a future college applicant. So let’s get started!

1. International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the World Championship Mathematics Competition for High School students and is held annually in a different country.  IMO is also one of the most prestigious math contests and is recognized worldwide.  It has played a significant role in generating wide interest in mathematics among high school students and identifying talent.  The first IMO was held in 1959 in Romania, with 7 countries participating. It has gradually expanded to over 100 countries from 5 continents.

  • Grade levels: high school students.  Contestants must be under the age of 20 and must not be registered at any tertiary institution.  Subject to these conditions, an individual may participate any number of times in the IMO.

  • Scoring and format: The format of the competition quickly became stable and unchanging.  Each country may send up to six contestants, and each contestant competes individually (without any help or collaboration).  The IMO competition lasts two days.  Students are given four and a half hours to solve three problems for six problems each day.  The first problem is usually the easiest on each day and the last problem the hardest.  Each question is worth 7 points, making 42 points the maximum possible score. 

  • Content: The content ranges from challenging algebra and pre-calculus problems to problems on branches of mathematics not conventionally covered at school and often not at university level either, such as projective and complex geometry, functional equations, combinatorics, and well-grounded number theory, of which extensive knowledge of theorems is required.  In addition to comprehensive mathematical knowledge, success on the IMO requires truly exceptional mathematical creativity and inventiveness. For example, here is one of the problems from the 2020 IMO:

>>> Find other IMO past papers here.

2. International Kangaroo Math Contest (IKMC)

International Kangaroo Math Contest (IKMC) is the largest competition for school students globally, with over 6 million participants from 77 countries in 2019. There are six levels of participation, ranging from grade 1 to grade 12.   Awards are given to the top-scoring students per grade at the national level.

IKMC was held in Vietnam for the first time in 2016 by the IEG Education Development Fund – IEG Foundation in cooperation with the University of Education and the National University of Hanoi at 5 test locations in Hanoi, and 1 in Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Grade levels: grades 1 through 12 (or homeschooled equivalent) is eligible to participate. IKMC in Vietnam is available for students from grade 1 to grade 8, divided into 4 levels: 

Level 1 (Pre-Ecolier)

Grade 1-2

Level 2 (Ecolier)

Grade 3-4

Level 3 (Benjamin)

Grade 5-6

Level 4 (Cadet)

Grade 7-8

  • Scoring and format: The test is 75 minutes long and consists of multiple-choice questions. 75 minutes is given to solve all problems, each with precisely 5 answer choices. No problems require the use of a calculator, and calculators of all types are prohibited. 

  • Content:  The majority of the problems are algebra or geometry. Math Kangaroo emphasizes three-dimensional geometry, which is usually not seen in many other competitions.  Problems in discrete mathematics (number theory and counting and probability) are occasionally used but fewer than other mathematical competitions.  A few logic and physics questions may also appear.  None of the problems require the use of precalculus concepts (logs, summations, complex numbers) or trigonometry.  An example of 2020 IKMC problems for grade 5-6 level:

>>> Find more IKMC past papers over the years here.

  • Timeline: annually on the third Thursday of March.

  • Fees and costs: 350,000 VND/ participant

  • Website:  https://kangaroo-math.vn/

3. Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO)

SASMO, which stands for Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad, is one of Asia’s largest math contests annually held in Singapore.  Most nations participating in the competition are in Asia, but some in Europe and the Middle East.  SASMO is run as one round competition in April annually and has expanded into 18 countries.  Currently, SASMO has 9 divisions from primary 2 to secondary 4 (Grade 2 to 10).

  • Grade levels: grades 2 through 10

  • Scoring and format: The test is 90 minutes long and consists of two sections

  • Section A:  15 Multiple Choice Questions (2 points for each correct answer; 0 point for each unanswered question; deduct 1 point for each wrong answer)

  • Section B:  10 Non-routine Questions (4 points for each correct answer; no penalty for wrong answers)
    Each student is given 15 points at the beginning to avoid negative scores.

  • Content: SASMO caters to the top 40% of the student population, and it aims to arouse students’ interest in mathematical problem solving to develop mathematical intuition, reasoning, logical, creative, and critical thinking.  SASMO contest fits nicely into the school curriculum with a high focus on non-routine problem sums. A sample question of SASMO for Grade 5 level:

>>> Find more SASMO past papers and online practices here.

4. International Math and Science Olympiad (IMSO)

International Math and Science Olympiad (IMSO) is an annual international contest in Maths and Science in English for elementary and secondary school students under 13 worldwide.  Participants should be chosen through a selection process.  Each country is entitled to send 12 students, 6 students for each subject.  The objective is to help students develop their maths and science levels and promote creativity, research, and academic development.  IMSO involves many of the world’s top 10 ranking math Olympiad countries such as China, Singapore, Vietnam, and Korea. Vietnam has been participating in IMSO since 2015 and firstly organized this contest in 2019 in Hanoi.

  • Grade levels: grade 5 and 6 students who are not older than 13 years

  • Scoring and format: The questions consist of 2 parts: Math (essay and short answer) and Science (essay, short answer, and multiple choices).  Contestants will have 120 minutes to finish their Math section and 135 minutes in total for Science.  All instructions, questions, and answers must be in English. All other languages will not be considered for marking.  Participants cannot bring any English dictionaries, books, scientific dictionaries, calculators, and other electronic devices.

  • Content:  The questions are constructed based on Mathematics and Science elementary school curricula, reference books, and other relevant sources, which cover intellectual reasoning and creativity.  A sample question of IMSO for Grade 5 level:

  • Timeline: October or November

  • Fees and costs: 200,000 VND/ participant

  • Website:  http://imso.ieg.vn/

5. American Mathematics Competitions (AMC)

The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) are the first of a series of competitions in secondary school mathematics that determine the United States team for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).  The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) consists of a series of increasingly tricky tests for middle school and high school students.  The AMC sets the standard in the United States for talented high school students of mathematics.  The AMC curriculum is both comprehensive and modern.  AMC exams are so well designed that some top universities such as MIT now ask students for their AMC scores.

  • Grade levels: student under grade 12

  • Scoring and format: AMC is divided into 3 levels:

+ AMC 8: for students under the age of 14.5 and in grades 8 and below

+ AMC 10: for students under the age of 17.5 and in grades 10 and below

+ AMC 12: for students under the age of 19.5 and in grades 12 and below

The AMC 8 is a 25 multiple-choice question, 40-minute competition for middle schoolers designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.  The score is based on the number of questions answered correctly only.  There is no penalty for getting a question wrong, and each question has equal value.

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are 25 questions, 75-minute multiple-choice competitions in secondary school mathematics containing problems that can be understood and solved with pre-calculus concepts.  As of 2020, the use of calculators is permitted on both the AMC 10 and AMC 12.  The competitions are scored based on the number of questions answered correctly, and the number of questions left blank.  A student receives 6 points for each question answered correctly, 1.5 points for each question left blank, and 0 points for incorrect answers. 

      • Content: AMC tests mathematical problem solving with arithmetic, algebra, counting, geometry, number theory, and probability, with far more cross-over between the subject areas than in nearly all classrooms.  For example, most classrooms only have divisibility rules and little tidbits of number theory and consider number theory as not a whole branch of mathematics but just a bunch of short cuts.  The AMCs use number theory in much deeper (although elementary, without analysis) ways.  Tests vary widely in difficulty.  All three of the tests are designed such that no background in calculus, analysis, or any other higher mathematics is needed to take the exams.

>>> Find more AMC past papers and online practice here.

Preparing for and sitting a contest itself is a great way to get your child to engage with math outside of the classroom.  And success in a contest will be a massive boost to their academic self-confidence and will go on their record.  Math contests are a tremendous social and intellectual opportunity for students, but exposing students to competitions must be done wisely, else they become counterproductive to the goal of encouraging a lifelong interest in mathematics and other intellectual pursuits.

If you decide to enroll your child in an international math contest, it’s important that they properly prepare for it. At Everest Education, we are proud to be one of the first and distinctive learning centers that teach Math in English.  Students can learn, play, think, express the Math concepts in English very naturally and confidently.  

>> Find more information about our courses at: https://e2.com.vn/programs/singapore-math/ 

Please note that Everest Education has no affiliation with any of these events, and this article does not serve as an official endorsement.  These are simply snapshots of the different events at this time; there may be changes due to COVID-19 and other factors.  For the most up to date information, please check each event’s website.

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The Taste Of The Traditional Vietnamese Tet

The Taste Of The Traditional Vietnamese Tet

What can immediately remind you of the taste of Tết?

Let’s join Everest Education (“E2”) to find that taste through these traditional dishes on the Tết banquet table! This will give you some ideas using these vocabularies to introduce Tết to your international friends.


Bánh chưng or Square sticky rice cake – Chung cake – Savory sticky rice cake is a traditional Vietnamese rice cake made from glutinous rice, mung beans, pork and other ingredients. Its origin is told by the legend of Lang Liêu, a prince of the last king of the Sixth Hùng Dynasty, who became the successor thanks to his creation of Bánh Chưng and Bánh Giầy, which symbolized, respectively, the earth and the sky.

Bánh tét or Cylindrical glutinous rice cake is a Vietnamese savory but a sometimes sweetened cake made primarily from glutinous rice, rolled in a banana leaf into a thick, log-like cylindrical shape, with mung bean and pork filling, then boiled. The “tét” in the food’s name literally means “sliced” or “split,” possibly referring to the fact that it is served in slices.


Chả giò or (Fried) spring roll is a popular dish in Vietnamese cuisine. The main structure of a roll is commonly seasoned ground meat (pork or crab, shrimp, chicken, and sometimes snails (in northern Vietnam), and tofu (for vegetarian roll)), mushrooms, noodles, and diced vegetables such as carrots, kohlrabi and jicama, rolled up in a sheet of moist rice paper. The roll is then deep fried until the rice paper coat turns crispy and golden brown.

Chả lụa or Lean pork pie or Vietnamese Salami, Vietnamese Ham, Vietnamese Pork Sausage, Lean pork pie, Pork paste, Pork Pate in Banana Leaf is the most common type of sausage in Vietnamese cuisine, made of pork and traditionally wrapped in banana leaves into a cylindrical shape and boiled.


Nem chua or Fermented pork is a sweet, sour, salty and spicy fermented pork or beef sausage, usually served with a thin slice of garlic, bird’s eye chili and gooseberry tree leaf, usually rolled or cut in bite sizes.

Thịt đông or Jellied meat or Pork jelly is a typical dish of Northern Vietnam. It is an aspic made from pork, but mainly pig’s trotters, wood ear mushroom and pepper, in addition to pork skin, and may have jelly.

Thịt kho hột vịt (nước dừa) or Braised pork belly and eggs (in coconut juice) or Caramelized pork and eggs is a Vietnamese dish traditionally consisting of small pieces of marinated pork (usually bacon, or meat with both lean and fat) and boiled eggs braised in coconut juice. Spices used include pepper, fish sauce, chili, sugar, etc.


Canh khổ qua nhồi thịt or Stuffed bitter melon soup is a typical dish in Tết of the Southern people, with the meaning that the bad luck in the old year will pass and good things will come in the new year. Its main ingredient is bitter melon. Most of the stuffed ingredients are pork or fish and some condiments, such as soy sauce, pepper, or salt.

Lạp xưởng or Chinese sausage and Củ kiệu ngâm or Pickled small leeks is a popular duo every Tet. The origin of Lạp xưởng is from China and came to Vietnam for a long time. Lạp xưởng is a typical Tet dish of Vietnamese people. Pure Vietnamese Lạp xưởng taste is hard to replace. Combining meat, garlic, pepper, spices and simply made not sophisticatedly, Lạp xưởng becomes a unique dish in Vietnamese culinary culture.


When talking about Pickled small leeks, Vietnamese people think about Tết. Pickled small leeks dish is indispensable in the Southern’s Tet banquet. People use small leeks to wash and soak it with sugar and vinegar to make a crunchy, sweet and sour dish. It is usually used with many other Tet dishes such as bánh chưng, bánh tét, lạp xưởng …

Finally, when it comes to Tet food, we can’t help but mention the 3 Khô bò or Beef Jerky, Hạt dưa or Red roasted watermelon seeds and many kinds of Mứt or Dried fruit candy. Vietnamese people use these dishes to pass the time when playing Tết games. This set of 3 is the most “wanted” Tet dishes for children (and even adults).

What is your favorite Tết dish? Don’t forget to share with us by commenting below!

reference: wiki
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Mental Math Tricks – Calculator No More

Mental Math Tricks – Calculator No More

✨ Be “cool” by doing mental math! ✨

We cannot deny, math is a “hard to swallow” science. However, mental math is an interesting aspect of mathematics. The more we learn, the more surprised and excited by the neat calculations and rapid results.

Let us show you some effective mental math tricks in pictures below!

Subtracting from 1000

Trick: Subtract every number from 9 except the last subtracted from 10.

Easy-peasy! Since now, kids will show the answer just by looking at the math problems like this. It also applies for 10000, 100000, or even 10000000

Multiply Numbers That End With Zero

Trick: multiply the first numbers and add the zeros after.

Well, this little trick becomes effective when kids do calculations regarding … money (supermarket payments, currency conversion, …)

Multiplying in Parts

Trick: mentally multiply in part then adding the results.

At first, practice on paper. After a while, the numbers will automatically be “placed” in kids’ heads and kids will be able to do mental math easily.

Multiply Numbers by 11

Trick: Add those digits together. Stick that digit between 2 digits at first.

Let’s look at the examples, the tip for multiplying by 11 is: keep the first and last digits, add every pair of numbers together (pair of numbers with a total of 10 or more, keep the number in units, add 1 to the previous number). Now let’s try 4546 x 11 and 45462 x 11 and share with us your answer in comment!

Enjoyable Christmas Party Activities Ideas Your Family Will Love

Enjoyable Christmas Party Activities Ideas Your Family Will Love

Can you feel the Christmas outside?

Yasss, Christmas is right here for us! Christmas is one of the most special occasions when families gather for dinner and spend time joining fun activities together. Another “warmest” season is coming. Is your family getting ready for Christmas?

Are you wondering what activities to organize at the Christmas party? Everest Education (“E2”) is here to give you a hand! Here below are some ideas of fun and enjoyable activities and games for family members to get involved with.



4+ players with difficulty ☃️

How to play:
You need a host to put random items in a stocking. Once it’s stuffed, tie a ribbon around the top of the stocking so that no one can peek. Sit in a circle and pass it around to let everyone feel what’s inside. Give them note cards so that they can write down their guesses. The person who guesses the correct items wins.





4+ players with difficulty ☃️☃️

How to play:
List out a list of Christmas vocabulary to act out. Divide everyone into teams. They get one person from each team to do the acting. Like regular charades, the actors are not allowed to talk or make signals of any letters. Every time a team guesses correctly within the time limit, they get 1 point. The first team to get 20 points wins the game.






4+ players with difficulty ☃️☃️☃️

How to play:

Write down this list of Christmas carols on separate flash cards. Divide players into teams. Decide person draws from the pile of cards and has one minute to illustrate the Christmas carol then bring back to his/her team. If their team guesses correctly, they get one point. The winning team shows up until one reaches twenty points.

List of Christmas carols for families



3+ players with difficulty ☃️☃️☃️

How to play:
Start the game a few days before Christmas. All members write names on a piece of paper. One by one draws one piece to find out who will receive your gift on Christmas Eve. All members should keep the secret of who will receive your gift and also the gift. On Christmas Eve, secret Santa’s identity will be revealed with the prepared gift. And, enjoy Christmas with your gift then!

Tips for parents:
For young kids, parents should explain to them about Christmas gifts. That can be just small gifts that contain more memories than an ordinary expensive item so that they don’t have to fret much about choosing a gift. Parents can also offer to be the “assistant” for your Little Santa to give kids a hand in preparing gifts.


Super easy for family

Prepare a list of 5 Christmas movies that families go vote for. If it’s hard to pick one, screen one by one at movie nights later so that everyone can enjoy their favorite movies.

Check out our top 5 best Christmas movies on Netflix for your kids to learn English here

One of the interesting activities that your family can try is the “cinema play role.” This simulation game will be more successful when to gather more family members and friends. You can make movie tickets, popcorn, and drinks tickets with kids; assign roles to everyone: popcorn booth staff, ticket conductor, leading to the theater staff, the moviegoers … Kids will love this game and are ready to “take on the role” of the cinema staff.
At E2, our courses bring climbers more fun activities that they can both learn and play simultaneously. Find more here
Maybe You Missed These Iconic Christmas Foods’ Facts

Maybe You Missed These Iconic Christmas Foods’ Facts

Christmas is the most beautiful of the year that brings us unique, delicious and colorful dishes. And do you know each dish has its own interesting story? As the traditional Christmas pudding was… made of veal, breadcrumbs…, a famous queen created human-shaped gingerbread, …

mon an giang sinh iconic christmas foods

Let’s join Everest Education’s (“E2”) travel into the world of Christmas dishes through this article!

mon an giang sinh sup soupSoup

Soup is supposed to be a soul dish of Western. Soup that is carefully prepared and cooked meticulously and deliciously will be a special blessing on Christmas holidays. Such a great appetizer for the Christmas party!

mon an giang sinh ga tay turkeyTurkey

King Henry VIII was the first person to eat a turkey on Christmas Day. However, it wasn’t until the 1950’s that the turkey was a more popular Christmas meal choice than the goose. The good thing about Christmas Day and turkeys is that Christmas is a family time, and turkeys are family size!

mon an giang sinh banh gung gingerbreadGingerbread

Surprisingly, Queen Elizabeth I invented gingerbread men. And Germany is the country that loves gingerbread the most in the world.

mon an giang sinh banh kem khu cay yule logYule log/Bûche de Noël

The traditional Christmas cake of France and other French-speaking countries is a cylinder-shaped chocolate cake decorated to look like a log. People said that a specially selected log burnt on a hearth as a Christmas tradition in Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, and subsequently the Americas.

mon an giang sinh kkeo bac ha cay gay candy caneCandy cane

A candy cane turned upside down reveals the letter J, which many believe represents Jesus. You may don’t know that original candy canes were only white and didn’t have the bend.

mon an giang sinh banh pudding giang sinhChristmas pudding

In the 15th century, pudding was made from veal, breadcrumbs, wine, herbs, dried fruit, plums and spices. By the 19th century, people have replaced some ingredients and the pudding tastes close to today’s pudding. Christmas pudding is often decorated with a sprig of holly to bring good luck.

mon an giang sinh cocktail trung eggnogEggnog

Classic eggnog was made with milk, cream, sugar, whipped egg whites, and egg yolks. In some contexts, distilled spirits such as brandy, rum, whisky or bourbon are added to the drink. Milk, eggs, and sherry were foods of the wealthy, so eggnog was often used in toasts to prosperity and good health.

Which one do you like the most? Let’s share with E2! ^^

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Solving Word Problems With Bar Model

Solving Word Problems With Bar Model

giai toan do bang so do khoi bar model

Do you know that Singapore Math is known as the best Math system in the world?

One of the defining features of Singapore Math is visualization. In addition to the CPA method we have mentioned in previous posts, students also learn to use bar model drawing to solve those word problems. Instead of trying to picture math problems in their heads, then writing out the equation to solve it, students in Singapore Math diagram the elements of the word problem. This visual approach helps drive Singapore Math success.

giai toan do bang so do khoi bar model

giai toan do bang so do khoi bar model

giai toan do bang so do khoi bar model

At Everest Education, we offer Singapore Math system which has been proven to be especially effective for young students. Also applies almost main Singapore Math methods as CPA, Bar model to make the students’ Math learning experience interesting and comprehensively develop all skills.

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