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Junior Mathematical Olympiad

Around 1,200 of the highest scorers in the JMC are invited to participate in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad.

It consists of a two-hour paper of more in-depth mathematical problems to which there are two sections: Section A requires answers only whereas full written solutions are required for Section B. For some pupils this may be an unfamiliar exercise and an enjoyable introduction to this kind of mathematical activity. Papers are set and marked by the UKMT, as for the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad. Note that papers are marked almost immediately after the JMO date as we aim to return them to all candidates before the end of the summer term.

The top 25% of scorers receive a Certificate of Distinction; candidates who score below this and who qualified automatically for the JMO via the JMC receive a Certificate of Participation.

Medals are allocated on the following basis. In each category, a competent performance in section A is required. In addition, candidates awarded a gold medal submitted full, mathematically accurate solutions to at least four questions in section B, a silver medal required good solutions to four section B questions and a bronze needed three substantially correct solutions. As the criteria are performance-related the number of medals awarded each year is variable but is usually of the order of 30 gold, 60 silver and 120 bronze.

A book prize is awarded to the top 50 students in each paper. The title varies from year to year.

Questions and Solutions Booklet

You may buy collections of past papers.

For this year's dates, click here.

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