The invitation to 2015 NZMOC January Camp has been distributed to 24-28 students. If you're one of them, congratulations! If you are not, don't be too discouraged, because bear in mind that 24-28 are chosen among 100 genius mathematicians who attempted the Camp Selection Problems; you should be proud with the fact that you have participated in the competition aimed at students with great mathematical potential.
(For those who wish to see the solutions to the Camp Selection Problems, here is the website)
For 2015 Campers, the Stage 1 of the journey to the IMO has been completed. The rest of the post will be about Stage 2: squad selection.
The second stage starts with sending a reply to the NZMOC that you will be attending the camp. Failure to do so may result in risking your place in camp, so make sure you do this.
The squad members are selected based on multiple variables, including the British Maths Olympiad (BMO), the Squad selection test, and your behaviour in the camp. However, the two most important factors of selection, we believe, are the BMO and the Squad selection test.
The information on the BMO can be found here. The exam is 3.5 hours and consists of 6 questions (usually in the order of increasing difficulty). This will be sat on 29th of November (28th British Time), so mark this date on your calendars.
After the BMO, you have approximately a month to prepare for the camp. The camp will be held at University of Auckland and Grafton Hall from 11th to 17th of January, 2015. In a brief overview, the camp consists of morning lectures, afternoon problem sessions and evening activities from Monday to Thursday. Sunday is usually a socializing day, and Friday is a big day: squad selection test, and squad announcement. More information about camp will be posted once the camp date approaches.
On the side note, until the camp date, the NZMOSA will provide training materials and some problem sets to get your brains working. Hence, keep watching this space for any updated materials.
Good luck to all the campers!!! Also, to those who unfortunately did not get selected, best of luck for next year!