Singapore and Asian Schools Math Olympiad (SASMO)

SASMO is a math contest that stretches not only the brightest students, but is aimed at instilling confidence for all students.

CONTEST DATE: April 5, 2017 (schools);  April 8, 2017 (private candidates)



SASMO was introduced in Singapore in 2006 as a mathematics competition for primary 3 to 6 students. Since then it has served Singapore’s primary, secondary and international schools, providing feedback and enrichment to schools and students. It is run as a 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).


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.

Student’s encouragement and recognition of the importance of the Olympiad objectives will help your students enjoy the Olympiad programme, which in turn will progressively enable them to become more efficient problem solvers.


SASMO is open to all Grade 2 to 10 students (Primary 2 to 6 and Secondary 1 to 4 students). Each level has a differentiated paper and contains 25 questions within 2 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)

Total: 85 points (to avoid negative scores, each student will begin with 15 points)