Regarding attendance, this is the most significant Math Contest there is, having had over five million participants in 2009. Tens of countries participate in the contest, in the hope that their participants will emerge the final winners. In 2009, the number of participating nations stood at forty-three, a figure which continues to increase with each event that they hold.

The tests given can get done by students in the first up to the twelfth grade, and they seek to show the reasoning ability of students, rather than the knowledge of formulas. As such, no matter how good a student is at remembering methods, they will not excel at the questions unless they can use logic in their workings.

This event takes place for several days a year, and it focuses on uniqueness, research and the reasoning behind the answers given. The competition is different from others in the field in that the organizers take more interest in seeing how the teams relate, how original their work is and whether they can justify their workings.

Hundreds of undergraduate students turn up to showcase their skills on a yearly basis. The organizers provide a problem, and the participants get four days to come up with answers and show their justifications. Once the responses get submitted, the organizers review them while considering aspects such as originality and teamwork before finally deciding on which team gets to take the prize home.

This contest is for high school students who get to conduct research and write a paper which gets assessed by an expert committee. Countries get to choose their two best teams to represent them in the competition. The contest came to be in the nineties as a way to encourage scientific excellence.

Teams get five days in which they can use all kinds of sources for their research. Once the period is over, they hand in papers to expert committees which decide on the best solutions. Awards are given to the top three or four teams, depending on the performance that year.

Math contests go a long way in helping students look for answers out of the box, thus making them more knowledgeable in the process.

Honored for being the youngest mathematician ever to receive the Fields Medal

The first woman who received the Fields medal

An excellent Field Medalist whose significant contributions to Math are highly recognized

He is one of the people whose names are on people’s tongues when they talk of significant achievements.