Mathematics Olympiad

Introducing The Mathematics Olympiad

In today’s rapidly evolving world, mathematics stands as a cornerstone of human progress. Its importance cannot be overstated, for it serves as the language of logic, a key to unlocking countless opportunities, and a bridge to understanding the intricate patterns of our universe.
The Copernicus Mathematics Olympiad recognizes the pivotal role of mathematics in shaping the future of our students. Our goal is to foster a deep appreciation for mathematics and empower students with problem-solving skills, logical reasoning, and creativity. Through this Olympiad, students embark on a journey to explore the profound realm of mathematics and its multifaceted applications.
Mathematics, often referred to as the universal language, transcends geographical boundaries and cultural differences. It comprises various branches such as algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and more. Each of these branches plays a unique role in addressing real-world challenges and expanding our collective knowledge.
Studying mathematics offers students the opportunity to delve into abstract concepts, formulate hypotheses, and arrive at precise solutions. It equips them with the ability to tackle complex problems, make informed decisions, and navigate the intricate web of data that defines our information age.
Moreover, mathematics is the driving force behind technological innovations, scientific discoveries, and economic advancements. It underpins everything from computer programming and cryptography to engineering marvels and space exploration. In essence, mathematics is the compass that guides humanity toward innovation and progress.
In a world where mathematical literacy is increasingly essential, the Copernicus Mathematics Olympiad empowers students to embrace mathematics as a tool for understanding and shaping the world around them.
Copernicus Mathematics Olympiad Mechanics:

The Copernicus Mathematics Olympiad is a prestigious international competition open to students from Grade 3 to Grade 12. It consists of two main stages: the Preliminary Round and the Global Round.

Preliminary Round
Students can register for the Olympiad online through the Copernicus Olympiad website or via official representatives in their respective countries.

The online qualifying exams for the Preliminary Round are scheduled for December 16, 2023, February 17, 2024, and March 16, 2024.

The exam comprises 25 multiple-choice questions to be completed within a 60-minute timeframe. Each question is aligned with the participant’s educational level, divided into the following categories:
Category 1: Grades 3 and 4
Category 2: Grades 5 and 6
Category 3: Grades 7 and 8
Category 4: Grades 9 and 10
Category 5: Grades 11 and 12


Each correct answer is awarded 4 points. An incorrect answer incurs a penalty of -1 point. No points are deducted for unanswered questions.
Qualification: Participants scoring at least 40% in the Preliminary Round are eligible for the Global Round. All participants receive a Certificate of Participation.

Depending on their scores, qualifiers receive the following accolades:

  • 40% to 49%: Honorable Mention Certificate
  • 50% to 74%: Bronze Medal
  • 75% to 90%: Silver Medal + 5% discount on Global Round registration fees
  • 91% to 100%: Gold Medal + 10% discount on Global Round registration fees

Global Round:
The Global Round is designed to challenge and inspire the brightest young minds in mathematics from around the world.

Date and Location:
The Global Round will take place from July 14 to 18, 2024, at Columbia University in New York City.
This round features a combination of a challenging exam, interactive activities, and educational tours, providing a comprehensive and engaging experience for all participants.

Registration for Qualifiers:
Qualifiers from the Preliminary Round must register again for the Global Round through the official website or country representatives, providing essential travel documentation as part of their application.

Exam Details:
The exam consists of 20 multiple-choice questions and 5 numerical-answer questions, tailored to the participants’ educational level. The categories are structured similarly to those in the Preliminary Round.

Participants have 90 minutes to complete the exam.

Multiple-choice questions: Each correct answer is worth 4 points, with a penalty of -1 point for each incorrect answer. No points are deducted for unanswered questions.
Numerical-answer questions: Each correct answer is worth 4 points, with no penalty for incorrect or unanswered questions.


In the Global Round, medals will be awarded based on the following percentages:

  • The top 10% will receive a Gold Medal.
  • The next 11-30% will receive a Silver Medal.
  • The next 31-60% will receive a Bronze Medal.
  • The next 61-75% will receive an Honorable Mention Certificate.
  • Additionally, the top three students of each Category in the Global Round Exam will receive special prizes listed below:
Syllabus Of The Copernicus Mathematics Olympiad
Category 1 (Grades 3 and 4)
• Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of numbers up to 10,000
• Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of fractions
• Divisibility by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 13
• Prime numbers
• Venn diagram
• Systems of measurement (length, area, volume, mass, and time)
• Area and perimeter of rectangles
• Recognizing geometric figures
• Parallel and perpendicular lines
• Mathematical logic
• Word problems
• Recognizing patterns in sequences
• Bar graphs
Category 2 (Grades 5 and 6)
• Category I topics
• Arithmetic operations with decimals, fractions, mixed fractions, and improper fractions
• Factor and multiples
• LCM and GDF
• Simple statistics
• Percentage
• Simple interest calculations
• Ratio
• Linear equations
• Perimeter of polygons
• Area of triangles
• Properties of squares, rectangles, triangles, parallelograms, and trapeziums
• Angles (acute, right, and obtuse)
• Volume of cubes and cuboids
• Line of symmetry
Category 3 (Grades 7 and 8)
• Category II topics
• Advanced topics in fractions
• Squares and square roots
• Rational numbers
• Irrational numbers
• Equalities and inequalities
• Simple algebraic expressions
• System of equations
• Linear functions
• Simple combinatorics and probability
• Ratio and proportion
• Regular polygons
• Area and circumference of a circle
• Area and perimeter of composite figures
• Pythagorean Theorem
• Congruence and similarity
• Volume and surface area of prisms and cylinders
Category 4 (Grades 9 and 10)
• Category III topics
• Real numbers
• Advanced topics in exponentiation
• Quadratic functions
• Polynomials
• Logarithms
• Graph interpretation
• Mean, median, and mode
• Law of sines and cosines
• Properties of circles
• Volume and surface area of pyramids, cones, and spheres
• Coordinate geometry
Category 5 (Grades 11 and 12)
• Category IV topics
• Advanced topics in algebra
• Advanced topics in inequalities
• Remainder theorem
• Factor theorem
• Advanced topics in logarithms
• Complex numbers
• Binomial theorem
• Non-linear equations
• Summation of series
• Advanced topics in combinatorics and probability
• Advanced topics in trigonometry
• Advanced topics in coordinate geometry

Last updated: July 2, 2024