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What talent search exams do you recommend for gifted kids?

InfinityInfinity Administrator
edited November 2016 in Olympiads
We recommend targeting one area or at most two areas, and doing the chosen area exam extremely well. There are countless number of useless exams being offered. Don't waste your time on them. We recommend the following:

AMC 8 (American Mathematics Contest 8) [grade 8 or below]
AMC 10 (American Mathematics Contest 10) [grade 10 or below]
AMC 12 (American Mathematics Contest 12) [grade 12 or below]
AIME (American Invitational Mathematics Examination) [top 5% of AMC 12 or top 2.5% of AMC 10]
USAJMO (United States of America Junior Mathematics Olympiad) [top 230 of AMC 10, avg of AMC 10 and AIME scores]
USAMO (United States of America Mathematics Olympiad) [top 270 of AMC 12, avg of AMC 12 and AIME scores]
MOSP (Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program) [top 12 of USAMO and next 15-16 non-seniors]
IMO (International Mathematics Olympiad) [top 6 of MOSP]

F=ma [grades 11-12]
USAPhO (United States of America Physics Olympiad) [top 300-400 of F=ma]
POSP (Physics Olympiad Summer Program) [top 20 of USAPhO]
IPhO (International Physics Olympiad) [top 5 of POSP]

LSCO (Local Section Chemistry Olympiad) [grades 11-12]
USNCO (United States National Chemistry Olympiad) [toppers of LSCO, 2 per school]
COSP (Chemsitry Olympiad Summer Program) [top 20 of USNCO]
ICO (International Chemistry Olympiad) [by invitation only]

USABO open (United States of America Biology Olympiad open) [grades 9-12]
USABO semifinals (United States of America Biology Olympiad semifinals) [top 10% of open]
USABO national finals (United States of America Biology Olympiad national finals) [top 20 of semifinals]
IBO (International Biology Olympiad) [top 4 of national finals]

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