initial selection of students is the responsibility of the mathematics
teachers’ association in each state. The NMSS Director reviews all
selection lists and makes the final decision. Selection is on the basis
of mathematical achievement and potential, insofar as this can be
assessed. Mathematics competitions are a valuable source of information
for selection, but nomination from students and teachers and other
criteria are also used, since mathematical ability is more complicated
to measure than by complete reliance on any one indicator.
Students normally participate at the end of Year 11, but the Director
reserves the right not to accept students who are either much younger or
much older than the Year 11 cohort. No account is taken of sex, race,
type of school attended or likely future specialisation or career,
though the Director may limit numbers from any one school.