The Estonian Mathematical Olympiad is held annually in three
rounds — at the school, town/regional and national levels. The best
students of each round (except the final) are invited to participate in the
next round. Every year, about 110 students altogether reach the final
In each round of the olympiad, separate problem sets are given to the students
of each grade. Students of grade 9 to 12 compete in all rounds, students of
grade 7 to 8 participate at school and regional levels only.
Some towns and schools also organise olympiads for even younger students.
The school round usually takes place in December, the regional
round in January or February and the final round in March or April in
Tartu. The problems for every grade are usually in compliance with the school
curriculum of that grade but, in the final round, also problems requiring
additional knowledge may be given.
The first problem solving contest in Estonia took place already in 1950.
The next one, which was held in 1954, is considered as the first
Estonian Mathematical Olympiad.
Apart from the olympiad, open contests are held twice a year, usually in October
and in December. In these contests, anybody who has
never been enrolled in a university or other higher education institution is
allowed to participate. The contestants compete in two separate
categories: the Juniors and the Seniors. In the first category, students up to
the 10th grade are allowed to participate; the other category has no
restriction. Being successful in the open contests generally assumes
knowledge outside the school curriculum.
According to the results of all competitions during the year, about 20
IMO team candidates are selected.
IMO team selection contest for them is held
in April or May; starting from 2015, in two rounds. Each round
is an IMO-style two-day competition with 4.5 hours to solve 3 problems
on both days. Some problems in our selection contest are at the level of
difficulty of the IMO but easier problems are usually also included.
Besides the above-mentioned contests and the quiz "Kangaroo" some other regional
competitions and matches between schools are held as well.