The Junior Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 8 or below in England and Wales, Year 9 or below in Northern Ireland and S2 or below in Scotland. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions. Pupils fill in the answer sheet in B or HB pencil and the Challenge is marked by UKMT using an optical mark reader. We aim to return the results to schools within six weeks, but where we have a valid email address we will email the results within three weeks.
Papers are posted to arrive two weeks before the challenge date. If your school has not received your papers a week before the Challenge date, please contact us without delay.
Questions from the Junior Challenge can be used as enrichment material in the classroom across the ability range.
The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each institution receives a Best in School certificate. Around 1200 of the highest scorers are invited to participate in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad.
Sample past papers / Solutions
The Junior Challenge 2013 thresholds were:
Bronze 49-62 Silver 63-81 Gold 82+ Olympiad Qualifier 113+
Please note these are for guidance only; the thresholds are recalculated each year based on the national score distribution.
For more information please check frequently asked questions.
You may buy collections of past papers
For students with visual impairment:
We can provide challenge papers in large print or braille format. If you would like to take advantage of this please contact us before the earlybird closing date for the challenge. You can see an example of the large print paper here. We also have a limited supply of sample braille papers - please contact us for further details.