IOQM 2023 Blueberry Mock Four

19 August 20232 minutesviews

This article contains spoilers for the mock test.

I recommend attempting the problems before proceeding to read the article. You can download the problems and the answer key using the buttons below.

This is the eighth IOQM Mock test from MOMC. The problems are collected from Theme and Team Rounds from HMMT 2021 and 2022 and BmMT 2018 and 2019 . All the credit and authorship of the problems belongs to their respective sources.

I admit that I usually design my mocks to be slightly (read: a lot) harder than the actual IOQM. The purpose of this is to prepare you for a harder-than-average test. However, as IOQM is closing in, I feel that it is not ideal to lower your confidence by giving a tough mock. Hence, I have tried my hardest to match this mock's difficulty with the real IOQM.

Still, the mock has some interesting aspects that entail some discussion. Firstly, P8 is a unique and creative problem as it is stated in terms of the answer itself! Although unlikely to appear in the real test, I feel that it is important to have a good temperament regarding encountering new problem types. Moreover, the geometry in this mock is highly non-standard. Problems 21-23 and 25 are a testament to this. Apart from that, a lack of algebra (a measly 5 marks) and an excess of geometry (a whopping 45 marks!) will definitely prove to be a challenge for non-geo mains.

On an unrelated note, I am super ecstatic about the fact that this blog has finally reached an astounding 5000 views! A big thanks to each one of you for viewing my blog :D

I feel that this is a good time to announce that after IOQM, we will be having weekly RMO mocks as well.