Competition details for APMOPS 2020 First Round (SMOPS 2020)

(The information below is meant for participants from Singapore schools only)

1. Date of Competition

28th March 2020 (Saturday)

2. Venue

Hwa Chong Institution

3. Schedule

The schedule for the day is as follows:

For those in Session 1

For those in Session 2

For those in Session 3

Schools will be informed of the Group Numbers and session of all eligible participants one week prior to the competition.

Participants who come after the registration time will not be allowed to take part in the competition.


4. Eligibility

SMOPS

All participants, regardless of level, must be born between 2nd Jan 2008 and 1st Jan 2009, both dates inclusive

OR

Primary 6 students born after 1st Jan 2009.

Junior SMOPS

Selected Primary 5 students (up to 5 students per school) born after 1st Jan 2008.


5. Round 1 Competition Paper

The total mark for the competition paper will be 150 marks, which are allotted as follows

Questions 1 to 10: 4 marks each

Questions 11 to 20: 5 marks each

Questions 21 to 30: 6 marks each

There will be no deduction of marks for error or omissions. Marks will be awarded for correct answers only. There is no difference in the paper for participants of Junior SMOPS and SMOPS.


Scope of competition includes but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Arithmetic and Algebra
  • Number Theory
  • Geometry
  • Combinatorics and Counting Principles
  • Number Pattern and Puzzle
  • Word Problems
  • Logic Problems


6. Instructions for Participants

a) All participants must report for the competition in full school uniform.

b) All participants must bring along their student identification cards or passports for identification purposes.

c) All participants must bring their own stationery.

d) The use of calculators, mathematical sets or mathematical tables is not allowed during the competition.

e) Participants who are late will not be allowed to take part in the competition.

7. Prizes

Individual Prizes

a) Individual winners will qualify for the following awards:

i) Platinum Award Certificates and plaques will be awarded to the top 1.5% participants with exceptionally outstanding performance that meets the minimum requirements set by the judges.

ii) Gold Award Certificates will be awarded to the next 2.5% of the field.

iii) Silver Award Certificates will be awarded to the next 6% of the field, and

iv) Bronze Award Certificates will be awarded to the subsequent 10% of the field.

v) Others will receive a certificate of participation.

b) 20 Individual Prizes will be awarded to the top 20 participants (including participants in Junior SMOPS):

The details of the prizes are as follows:

      • 1st Prize: $500 and 1 plaque
      • 2nd Prize: $400 and 1 plaque
      • 3rd Prize: $300 and 1 plaque
      • 4th-10th Prize: $200 and 1 plaque
      • 11th-20th Prize: $100 and 1 plaque

In addition, Five Honourable Mention Awards, the prize of which will be a plaque each, will also be awarded to five outstanding participants.

c) Individual winners for Junior SMOPS:

i) Platinum Award Certificates and plaques will be awarded to the top 1.5% Junior SMOPS participants with exceptionally outstanding performance that meets the minimum requirements set by the judges.

ii) Gold Award Certificates will be awarded to the next 2.5% of the field.

iii) Silver Award Certificates will be awarded to the next 6% of the field, and

iv) Bronze Award Certificates will be awarded to the subsequent 10% of the field.

v) Others will receive a certificate of participation.

Team Prizes

Three Team Prizes will be awarded to the top three schools that are ranked according to the total score of their top three pupils in the SMOPS or Junior SMOPS.

Three Honourable Mention Team Awards, the prizes of which are a plaque for each top three scorers and one trophy for the school, will also be awarded to three outstanding schools.

The Champion School shall keep the Kong Chian Challenge Trophy and shall return it to Hwa Chong Institution for the next competition. The Challenge Trophy shall be kept permanently by the school, which emerges champion in three consecutive Olympiads.

8. Announcement of Winners

a) Results of the SMOPS 2020 will be posted on the website apmops.hci.edu.sg/results by 2nd May 2020.

b) The top 4% participants, or the top 150 participants, whichever is lower, will be invited to compete in the Invitation Round on 30th May 2020. Junior SMOPS participants will be invited if they fall within the top 4%.

c) There will not be a separate junior category in the Invitation Round.


9. Registration

a) The registration fee per student is $40/- [inclusive of GST] and registration opens from 17th January 2020 until 14th February 2020. Strictly no submissions will be allowed after 28th February 2020.

b) Registration is to be carried out by filling in the stipulated excel worksheet (downloadable from the link: SMOPS Registration Form).

Kindly email back the excel worksheet to smops@hci.edu.sg on or before 14th February 2020.

Names of registered participants will be uploaded on the online portal based on the completed excel worksheet emailed back to HCI.

Teachers in-charge may view, edit, add or delete the participants of their own schools at the online portal from 17th January 2019 onwards, using the customised login ID and password provided upon request from smops@hci.edu.sg.

Registration will close on 14th February 2020. No editing or deletion will be allowed after this date.

c) Registrations will be taken as confirmed only upon receipt of payment.

i. E-invoice will be sent via the IFAAS system. Payment must be paid via IFAAS or Cheque and should be made within two weeks after receiving the E-invoice from Hwa Chong Institution, failing which the places registered by the school will be forfeited.

ii. Payment by cheque should be made by using only ONE cheque for the registration fee of all the participants. The cheque should be addressed to 'Hwa Chong Institution'. Please indicate 'SMOPS 2020', e-invoice number, name of your school and number of participants behind the cheque.

iii. Payment by IFAAS should indicate the HCI AGD Vendor id: 'MOE 0101022' correctly.

d) All correspondance should be sent to:

SMOPS

Hwa Chong Institution

(High School Section)

661 Bukit Timah Road

Singapore 269734

e) Like the APMOPS Facebook page to receive notification and updates on APMOPS at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialAPMOPS


10. Closing Date

All registrations will be closed on 14th February 2020. No submission will be allowed after 28th February 2020.


11. Certificate

All certificates will be printed according to the names submitted during registration. An administrative fee of $10 will be levied on any request to re-print the SMOPS certificates.

12. Enquiries

Please direct all queries to our Administrative Officer, Ms Ong Li Whee.

Phone number: 6570 9421 ext 2110

Fax number: 6468 1063

Email address: smops@hci.edu.sg


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