Problem Collection for Asian-Pacific Mathemacal Olympiad
History and System
The Asian-Pacific Mathematical Olympiad (APMO) is a mathematical competition for high-school students that are predominantly from the Pacific region. A few countries without a Pacific coast also participate. The first APMO was held in 1989 and since then it is held annually. Nowadays there are 25 member countries of APMO.
The competition usually takes place in March, but it is organized separately in each member country and not everywhere at the same date, so the problems are to be kept confidential until those are officially released by the organizer. However, this feature caused some severe troubles in the period 1999-2002 when the problems got discussed over the internet before the competition took place in all countries.
The Competition and Awards
Each country sends up to ten contestants which compete individually. Participants are given 4 hours to solve 5 problems. Each problem is worth 7 points, making 35 the maximum possible score. The problems can also be found on the Canadian website [AP].
Successful contestants are awarded first, second, and third prizes, but the criterion depends on a particular country, making approximately equal distribution of medals in each country (usually 1 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals). The criterion of awarding honorable mentions is not fixed either.