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SMO special round

Postby naggo-nitemare » Mon Jun 13, 2011 4:36 pm

This is my DS' first try in SMO Jr and Open rounds. Surprisingly, he made it to both special rounds on 25 June and 2 July respectively. Can someone advise if the special rounds are of somewhat the same standard as the first rounds or at even more difficult levels? How best to get sample papers for special rounds with answers without signing up for expensive training sessions at private math centres? He will also check with his school's Maths dept for printed resources.

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Re: SMO special round

Postby CoffeeCat » Mon Jun 13, 2011 7:39 pm

naggo-nitemare wrote:This is my DS' first try in SMO Jr and Open rounds. Surprisingly, he made it to both special rounds on 25 June and 2 July respectively. Can someone advise if the special rounds are of somewhat the same standard as the first rounds or at even more difficult levels? How best to get sample papers for special rounds with answers without signing up for expensive training sessions at private math centres? He will also check with his school's Maths dept for printed resources.

Whoaa, congrats! Your DS must be quite good to clear the Open section round 1.

Anyway for special round, students are given at least 3 hours to do around 5 questions. This in itself shows how demanding the questions are. In a way the questions will be more difficult and more open-ended. Workings are crucial. And awarding of partial marks should be quite strict.

I am slightly surprised if you have not heard of the SMO past year booklets.
http://sms.math.nus.edu.sg/Publication/ ... .aspx#Book
If you scroll down, you will find 3 retail stores that will sell these books. Mathshub have several branches islandwide, may be more convenient for you if the other 2 stores are not easily accessible to you.

SMO Junior special round was first started in 2006. The 2005 and 2006 booklets are out of print, but you can find them at the national library. Or your DS might be able to find them in his school library.

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Re: SMO special round

Postby vlim » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:21 pm

thanks coffeecat for the info....btw curiuos to know does apmops(invitation round) by hci got such past yr papers?

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Re: SMO special round

Postby CoffeeCat » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:34 pm

vlim wrote:thanks coffeecat for the info....btw curiuos to know does apmops(invitation round) by hci got such past yr papers?


Yep. Centres like interactive learning & mathshub should still have stocks for 2007 & 2008 (the smops booklets will include the apmops). Not sure if 2006 is still avaliable. HCI discontinued publications since 2009. However there are "unofficial" publications for 2009 from AEP (another centre). If you wana find older papers (& solns) will have to find trainers/training...

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Re: SMO special round

Postby naggo-nitemare » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:41 pm

Tks CoffeeCat for info. DS heard of past year's papers only recently. He practised with what the school gave out but without answer key. The night before the Jr round 1, his kind school mate emailed the answer key to him and told him tt he can buy but it was too late for us to do so at tt stage. Our fault lah...he was bo chap and I assumed his school will spoon feed everything so I was blissfully oblivious.

I will go to national library to hunt for open round books. His school library is closed for hols. And I will check out Maths hub outlet. Expecting him to Come close to JC kids' standard is asking for the sky. he's just hoping to learn as much as he can while having fun.

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Re: SMO special round

Postby naggo-nitemare » Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:49 pm

vlim wrote:thanks coffeecat for the info....btw curiuos to know does apmops(invitation round) by hci got such past yr papers?


My DS did well in last year's SMOPS/apmops. Won $200 in total. He remembered this apmops 2010 question:

There is a unique rectangle such that its perimeter in cm is the same value as its area in cm2. This rectangle is not a square. Find the dimensions of this rectangle.

This is the gist of it. The original might have been different. Let him know if u require solution.

If he can recall others, he may contribute again.

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Re: SMO special round

Postby kiasiparent » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:31 pm

What does DS stands for?

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Re: SMO special round

Postby Guest » Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:52 pm

kiasiparent wrote:What does DS stands for?


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Re: SMO special round

Postby vlim » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:23 pm

naggo-nitemare wrote:
vlim wrote:thanks coffeecat for the info....btw curiuos to know does apmops(invitation round) by hci got such past yr papers?


My DS did well in last year's SMOPS/apmops. Won $200 in total. He remembered this apmops 2010 question:

There is a unique rectangle such that its perimeter in cm is the same value as its area in cm2. This rectangle is not a square. Find the dimensions of this rectangle.

This is the gist of it. The original might have been different. Let him know if u require solution.

If he can recall others, he may contribute again.


Aiya should have check with u all earlier.... Ds has taken smops and apmo.. We can find some sample qn and solution but not apmo so didnt get to practice it ..... Hahaaaa Gd excuse .... :wink:

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Re: SMO special round

Postby verykiasu2010 » Thu Jun 30, 2011 8:32 am

was told that the second round questions were indeed easier than the first round;

and some got into the 'open' second round but did not get into the 'junior' second round

strange. perhaps sms got the questions mixed up in their questions bank.
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