SASMO (Singapore & Asian Schools Math Olympiad)


SASMO International Math Olympiad, which began in 2006, is one of Asia's largest math competitions. SASMO 2019 attracted more than 30,000 participants from 21 countries. We presently have over 35 countries and territories as of 2021.

With the help of the SASMO Advisory Council, the SASMO Team spends countless hours meticulously preparing contest papers that cover both classroom and Olympiad math. In comparison to pure-Olympiad papers, this combined effort allows participants to do better because they are familiar with some questions and can put on their thinking caps for others, bringing out their inner mathematician.

SASMO contests aim to extend students' untapped thinking capabilities through realistic and high standards; their involvement in SASMO will help them progress in classroom mathematics as well as higher-order thinking skills (HOTS).


SASMO is aimed at the top 40% of students and attempts to pique their interest in mathematical problem-solving in order to promote mathematical intuition, reasoning, logical, creative, and critical thinking.

Test Format

SASMO is open to students from grades 1 to 12. The contest has a time limit of 90 minutes. Each level includes a differentiating paper with 25 questions divided into two sections:

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

10 Non-routine Questions in Section B (4 points for each correct answer; no penalty for wrong answers) 85 points overall (to avoid negative scores, each student will begin with 15 bonus points)


Perfect Score Award (Full marks) – qualifies as a significant award for IJHS
Gold Award (Top 8%) – qualifies as a significant award for IJHS
Silver Award (Next 12%)
Bronze Award (Next 20%)
Honorable Mention Award (Next 10%)
Certificate of Participation (Next 50%)
  • All participants will receive an e-certificate.
  • The top 40% of the participants will receive a physical certificate and a medal.
  • Students who will be awarded full marks will be awarded the title of "Perfect Scorer" and will receive a physical certificate and a personalized medal with their name on it, together with $100 cash each, up to a maximum of $5,000 for all the perfect scorers. In the rare event when there are more than 50 perfect scorers, the $5000 will be divided among all the perfect scorers.
  • The top 40% of winners are invited to compete at SIMOC 2023, which will be held in July 2023.
  • The top 20% of winners are invited to compete in Steam Ahead 2023, which will be held online in December 2023.

*Examination mode will be announced on our website once it is finalized.
*In case of any change in the schedule of the exam, the revised date will be shared on our site.