# The Austrian Mathematical Olympiad

The *Österreichische Mathematik Olympiade*, mostly referred to by the acronym ÖMO,
is the Austrian Mathematical Olympiad. It was founded when Austria was first invited
to participate at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Its primary goal is to select
the Austrian team for the IMO and prepare them for this competition. To achieve this it
consists of two levels: individual teachers holding preparation courses at schools and
a two-week-long nationwide preparation course with subsequent competition for prospective
IMO (and MEMO) candidates.

## School and regional level

Mathematically talented high school students who want to take part in the ÖMO normally
visit a preparation course at their school where they are thought the tools needed in
mathematical competitions and practice to use them. Students start in a "beginner level"
course in 8th or 9th grade (14-15 years old) and later move on to the "advanced level".
At the end of March for advanced students and April for beginners there is a
*Kurswettbewerb*, a competition inside the course to determine who can go to a
regional competition. Students who could not go to a preparation course (especially
in rural regions there are often none available) can participate in a special qualification
competition.

For beginners there are nine *Landeswettbewerbe*, i.e. on competition for each
province, which are usually held in June. There is no nationwide contest on this level.
At the advanced level there are three regional competitions, called *Gebietswettbewerbe* (GWB),
according to the following map:

## The Bundeswettbewerb (BWB)

The best students from the each of the regional competitions (about 40 in total) attend
a one-week preparation camp in Raach am Hochgebirge (Lower Austria) which is held in the
second half of May. It features some more advance training and a lot of problem solving.
After this week there is another competition the so called *Zwischenwettbewerb*
(intermediate competition) or *Bundeswettbewerb Teil 1* (federal competition, 1st part).
For the better half of the contestants one more week of training follows which is closed by
the final two-day *Bundeswettbewerb*. The six best students of this final competition
will represent Austria at the IMO, the next six will form the MEMO team (if they are young
enough).

## International competitions

Austrian students participate in several international contests, most
notable of course the IMO.
Since 2007 Austria takes part in the MEMO (*Mitteleuropäische
Mathematik-Olympiade*, Central European Mathematical Olympiad). Usually sometime during
the preparation course in Raach the students try themselves at the Mediterranean Mathematical
Competition. From 1978 to 2006 there was a special Austrian-Polish Mathematical Competition
(APMC; *Österreichisch-Polnischer Mathematikwettbewerb, ÖPMW*) which besides the
usual individual competition also featured a team competition. This is now continued by its
spiritual successor the MEMO.

Other contests like the Mathematical Kangaroo or the Tournament of Towns are held outside of the ÖMO.