First Steps for Problem Solvers (£15.00)Mary Teresa Fyfe and Andrew Jobbings


This book is a guide to pupils aged 11-13 who are attempting problems in competitions such as the Junior Mathematical Olympiad, which are administered by the UKMT and similar organisations.

Such problems provide much more of a challenge for able pupils than typical exercises from school textbooks do. Although the mathematical content of the problems ought to be familiar, it is often not obvious how to solve them. They may require using mathematical ideas in an unfamiliar context or combining techniques in a novel way.

This handbook discusses how to discover strategies for tackling unusual problems and offers advice on presenting clear and complete solutions.

Written with the pupil in mind, the book covers all of the section B questions set in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad papers over sixteen years of the competition. For ages 11-13.

Latest News

  • The JMC18 thresholds are as follows:

    Bronze          49-60
    Silver          61-74
    Gold            75+

      Kangaroo(UK)  82+       
      Olympiad    105+

    The questions & solutions are available. Results will be emailed shortly and posted ASAP.

  • Many congratulations to the 88 schools invited to participate at the Team Challenge National Final on Monday 18 June.

  • Find out more about the JMO, including how to enter discretionary candidates.



Challenge dates

  1. Senior Mathematical Challenge

    Tuesday 6 November 2018

    Closing date TBA

    Entry form available from July 2018

    Download past papers

  2. Intermediate Mathematical Challenge

    Thursday 7 February 2019

    Closing date TBA

    Entry form available from July 2018

    Download past papers

  3. Junior Mathematical Challenge

    Tuesday 30 April 2019

    Closing date TBA

    Entry form available from July 2018

    Download past papers

  • Download the Challenge PDF entry form from July

About the Trust

The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in mathematics. The UKMT organises national mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school pupils. We were established in 1996 and last academic year over 600,000 pupils from 4,000 schools took part in the three individual challenges, the UK's biggest national maths competitions. Each challenge leads into a follow-on Olympiad round and we run mentoring schemes and summer schools for high performing students as well as training the team of six to represent the UK in the International Mathematical Olympiad. We also run team maths competitions for two age ranges, publish books and organise enrichment seminars for teachers.

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