Korean Mathematical Olympiad

The Korean Mathematical Olympiad is a Mathematical Olympiad held by the Korean Mathematical Society (KMS) in Republic of Korea.


In 1988, only high school students were tested and middle school students were supposed to take the 'high school exam'. From the 11th exam,[when?] the middle school students' test was introduced (JKMO, Junior Korean Mathematical Olympiad). In the 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), the Korean delegation won 209 out of 252 out of the total score and 6 gold medals and ranked the first place for the first time in history.[1] From then, Korean mathematicians have made outstanding achievements in advanced math research and International Mathematical Olympiad.[2]

Business BackgroundEdit

In order to obtain excellent grades in the International Mathematics Olympiad, the Korean Mathematical Society holds the Korean Mathematical Olympiad, and through the operation of the seasonal school, KMS will discover gifted students and educate them to contribute the development of mathematics, science, and engineering in Korea.[3]


The Primary TestEdit

The primary test, usually called PKMO, is held between May and June. The current test consists of twenty multiple-choice questions, and students have to take the test in 4 hours. The trend is to present five problems from each subject, which are number theory, geometry, algebra, and combinatorics. The awards are divided into regional and national awards, and they are divided into honorable mention, bronze award, silver award, and gold award. To take the second test, students must receive the bronze award or higher.

Summer SchoolEdit

Students who have a good score in PKMO can have the opportunity to attend in the summer school. It is held between July and August, and the students sleep together for 12 days and take lectures.

Autumn Communication LectureEdit

Students who have completed Summer School are subjected to the Summer Communication Lecture. They have weekly online training and performance assessments.

The Secondary TestEdit

The secondary test is composed of 8 questions with a narrative type. It is usually held between November and December. The test is divided in morning and afternoon time and 4 problems are given each period with a time limit of 3 hours. The trend is to present two problems from number theory, geometry, algebra, and combinatorics each. Local awards are not awarded separately and are divided into honorable mention, bronze award, silver award, and gold award.

Winter SchoolEdit

Students who have a good grade in the second test is entitled to attend winter school. It is progressed for 2 weeks in early January. Every weekend, there is a Winter School Mock Examination which is similar to FKMO. It is reflected in the selection of the national team. On the days without exams, there is a professor’s lecture in morning, assistant’s problem-solving in the noon, and self-study in evening. If a student gets enough grades in the winter school mock examination, he or she will be exempted for PKMO next year.

Spring Communication LectureEdit

Students who have completed Winter School are subjected to the Spring Communication Lecture for 6 weeks. They have weekly online training and performance assessments.

Asia Pacific Olympiad (APMO)Edit

APMO is held in March. Winter School Participants are subjected to take the test. There are 5 problems in the exam, and the awards are divided into honorable mention, bronze award, silver award, and gold award. Only up to 10 people can get an award in this exam.

The Final Test (FKMO)Edit

The students who have won higher than the bronze prize in the High School Level Secondary Test or those who have completed the Middle School Level Winter School are entitled to take FKMO. The exam consists of 6 questions in a narrative form. It is taken for two days at the end of March, and each day you are required to solve 3 problems in 4 hours and 30 minutes. Awards are divided into Grand Prize, Excellence Prize, and Encouragement Prize, and 13 people are selected as representative candidates. Six students are selected from the candidates to represent Korea in the IMO.[4]

Gauss Part and Euler PartEdit

Since 2017, KMO has been divided into two parts: Gauss Part and Euler Part. The Gauss Part is open to all students under the age of 20 and the Euler Part is available for high school students other than science high school students.

Final representative selection processEdit

About 12 to 13 students are selected based on the grades obtained by multiplying the grades of five tests (KMO second test, Romanian Master of Mathematics, winter school mock test, APMO, and KMO final exam) by the weights set by the Korea Math Olympiad Committee. IMO mock test is conducted for these 12 students. Six finalists will be selected by the Korea Mathematics Olympiad Committee based on the results of combining the results of the tests held before and the results of this IMO mock test. The final candidates and the target students will perform the weekend training for about 5 weeks in May, and the final representative student will hold the intensive training before the participation in IMO, which is held from June to July.[5]

Medal winners in International Mathematical Olympiad[6]Edit

Year Name of the Recipient Medal
1988 Young-Hoon Kiem Bronze
Ki Hong Kim Bronze
Bok Gi Kim Bronze
1989 Gyu-Wan Hwang Silver
Cho-Hong Min Honourable Mention
Jin-Min Chung Honourable Mention
Dong Hun Lee Honourable Mention
Bok Gi Kim Honourable Mention
1990 Myung Kwang Byun Silver
Tae-Jin Kim Bronze
Bong-Gyun Koh Honourable Mention
1991 Byung Hee Choi Silver
Seung Kyun Lee Bronze
Jong Won Park Bronze
Jae Kyun Kwon Bronze
Jiwoong Park Bronze
Jong Hyun Shin Honourable Mention
1992 Jong Won Park Gold
Eun Soo Lee Bronze
Jiwoong Park Bronze
Young Su Lee Bronze
Jung Keun Park Bronze
1993 Sang-Hyun Kim Silver
Joon Hong Park Silver
Han Saem Yoon Silver
Eun Soo Lee Bronze
Sung Teak Jung Bronze
Dano Kim Bronze
1994 Seung Chun Lee Silver
Dano Kim Silver
Kyungyong Lee Bronze
Sug Woo Shin Bronze
Jin Tae Kim Bronze
Chung Kil Hur Bronze
1995 Sug Woo Shin Gold
Kyo Min Jeong Gold
Kyungyong Lee Silver
Jin Woo Shin Silver
Joung Keun Lim Silver
Young Sin Kim Bronze
1996 Yu Seek Kong Gold
Sug Woo Shin Gold
Joung Keun Lim Silver
Sungjin Im Silver
Jae Moon Yun Silver
1997 Jee Chul Woo Gold
Ji Oon Lee Silver
Young-il Koh Silver
Yu Seek Kong Silver
Bumsik Kim Silver
Hyun Ki Kim Bronze
1998 Se Yong Park Gold
Lin Han Gold
Joon-Sung Lee Silver
Hyunjung Park Silver
Young-il Koh Bronze
Jerin Gu Bronze
1999 Suh Hyun Choi Gold
Lin Han Gold
Young-Han Park Gold
Seung Hyup Yi Silver
Jerin Gu Silver
Hyoung-Jun Ahn Silver
2000 Young-Han Park Gold
Seung Hyup Lee Gold
Suh Hyun Choi Gold
Hong Sik Kim Silver
Choongyup Sung Silver
Hyong-Jun Kim Silver
2001 Myoung Sup Kim Gold
Suehyun Kwon Gold
Yoon Suk Hyun Gold
Joo Yong Ahn Silver
Young Jun Jang Silver
Suk Won Kim Silver
2002 Yeong Dae Kwon Gold
In Suk Seo Silver
Jooncheol Min Silver
Ringi Kim Silver
Hae Kang Lee Silver
Kyeong Su Choi Silver
2003 June Hyuk Jung Gold
Yeo-Il Yoon Gold
Byoung Hyuck Kim Silver
Serin Hong Silver
Jaehyeok Heo Silver
Kyeong Su Choi Silver
2004 Seung Myung Lee Gold
Sung-Yoon Kim Gold
Yong Sue Song Silver
Doo Sung Park Silver
Young Hun Jung Bronze
Se Ik Jo Bronze
2005 Doo Sung Park Gold
Ju Gang Nam Gold
Won Ho Jeong Gold
Young Hun Jung Silver
Hyungjune Kang Silver
Whan Ghang Silver
2006 Seok Hyeong Lee Gold
Ju Gang Nam Gold
In Hwan Choi Gold
Whan Ghang Gold
Yulhee Nam Silver
Jeha Yang Silver
2007 Whan Ghang Gold
Jeha Yang Gold
Soo Hong Lee Silver
Jeong Soo Sim Silver
Seok Hyeong Lee Silver
Yoon Joo Kim Silver
2008 Kyeong Sik Nam Gold
Dong Gyu Lim Gold
Soo Hong Lee Gold
Gyu Jin Oh Gold
Man Wong Han Silver
Sunkyu Lim Silver
2009 Sang Hoon Lee Gold
Hyun Sub Hwang Gold
Tae Gu Kang Gold
Sunkyu Lim Silver
Tae Joo Ahn Silver
Young Wook Lyoo Silver
2010 Sang Hoon Lee Gold
Bumsoo Kim Gold
Sanghun Song Gold
Junhwa Jung Gold
Joon-Hyeok Yim Silver
Sung Gi Park Silver
2011 Jaewon Chang Gold
Sangheon Lee Gold
Sungseob Whang Silver
Joon-Hyeok Yim Silver
Jun Oh Park Silver
Young Jin Bae Honourable Mention
2012 Dong Ryul Kim Gold
Jaewon Chang Gold
Hanwool Moon Gold
Sung Jin Park Gold
Dong Hyo Kim Gold
Tae Hwan Park Gold
2013 Eunsoo Jee Gold
Dong Ryul Kim Gold
Sung Jin Park Gold
Se Hyun Ji Gold
Jongwon Lee Gold
Seungyeon Kang Silver
2014 Dong Ryul Kim Gold
Minhyuk Kim Gold
Hong-Kwon Jo Silver
San Ha Lee Silver
Jaehyung Kim Silver
Young Keun Song Silver
2015 Junghun Ju Gold
Jaehyung Kim Gold
Jaewon Choi Gold
Sehun Kim Silver
YouSeong Lee Bronze
Chaewon Kim Bronze
2016 Junghun Ju Gold
Eui Cheon Hong Gold
Jaewon Choi Gold
Sehun Kim Gold
Youseong Lee Silver
Seungyoon Baek Silver


  1. ^ "The Korea Times".
  2. ^ "Korean Times".
  3. ^ "The Korean Mathematical Olympiad". www.kmo.or.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  4. ^ "KMO official website(click the button on the left bottom('연간계획'))".
  5. ^ "The Korean Mathematical Olympiad". www.kmo.or.kr (in Korean). Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  6. ^ "International Mathematical Olympiad - IMO". International Mathematical Olympiad - IMO. 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-30. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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