Where you are, do they have a similar multi-step process as they have in the US: AMC to AIME to USAMO? Does he need to qualify to take the AMO every year?
NZ is too small to need so many tests. Also, because there are fewer kids, ALL exams in NZ are proof based ones, so no multichoice or numerical answer style as seen in the USA. So you have to be able to write proofs to start the process.
So here is the run down:
Step 1: Math Camp Selection problems (this is a take home exam like the USAMTS): gets you into maths camp of 24
Step 2: If you make the camp, you take the Squad Selection test and BMO1 (British math olympiad round 1) which gets you onto the squad of 12
Step 3: If you make the squad, you take the BMO2 (British math olympiad round 2), AMO (Australian math olympiad), and APMO (Australia/Asian Math Olympaid) which gets you onto the team of 6 for the IMO
So the NZ olympiad committee has worked hard to get access to other country's tests with these entrance criteria:
The BMO1 has entrance criteria based on an earlier exam for kids in the UK. All kids invited to the NZ camp are allowed to take it.
The BMO2 invites the top 100 scorers on the BMO1 and the top 12 students in NZ (some from Ireland too but I don't know how they are selected)
The AMO invites the top 100 scorers on the AMC (Australian math contest) and the top 12 students in NZ
The APMO is seriously hard and helps in selection for most of the Pacific Rim countries. The USA enters kids. I don't know how many or if the USA uses the scores to help choose the team.
So DS has already taken 5 out of the 6 exams required to get into the team for the 2017 IMO. The APMO is in 3 weeks, and last year we heard about team selection couple weeks after that.
So the main differences compared to America are
1) fewer kids!
2) All proof based exams and no numerical answer style exams
3) International exams rather than national exams used for team selection
Edited by lewelma, 15 February 2017 - 02:43 AM.