Stretching high-attaining young people
The British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 is a follow-on round to the Senior Mathematical Challenge. As well as challenging high-scorers from the Senior Mathematical Challenge, the British Mathematical Olympiad is an entry point to the training and selection programme for international competitions.
Date: 2 December 2021
Eligible year groups: England, Wales and Overseas - Year 13 and below, Scotland - S6 and below, Northern Ireland - Year 14 and below
Time allowed: 3.5 hours
Entry fee: Free via invitation or £22 per paper via discretionary
Discretionary entries will open on the same day results for the Senior Mathematical Challenge are released.
Entry deadline: Midnight, Friday 26th November 2021
How to take part
The Challenge is open to eligible students and those entered at the discretion of their schools.
We invite around 1,000 qualifying students from the Senior Mathematical Challenge to take part in the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1. Students who did not take the Senior Mathematical Challenge, or who did not reach the qualifying threshold, may be entered into the Challenge at the discretion of their school.
Invitations to participate in BMO1 will be indicated alongside results from the Senior Mathematical Challenge. Question papers will be available to download and print before the Olympiad date.
Purchasing and managing entries
Discretionary entries into the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 can be purchased via your online Challenges Profile.
Qualifying students will automatically appear on your Challenges Profile.
For both qualifiers and discretionary entries you will be provided with a question paper, cover sheet and 6 master answer sheets for each student, which will need to be downloaded and printed in school. We only send out hard copy question papers for first round Challenges.
You will also be provided with an online login for each student, which enables them to log in to the Challenges site after the Olympiad has been marked to view their results and any feedback the markers have left.
Once your students have finished sitting BMO1 you will then need to upload their answer sheets to your Challenges Profile.
Download the Olympiad Handbook to help navigate you through hosting BMO1.
Preparing for the Challenge
Students preparing for the competition should look at our guidance and past British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 papers.
We also sell books which can help students to prepare for our competitions.
Scoring rules for the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 are as follows:
- Each question carries 10 marks
- Partial marks are awarded depending on the clarity of the participants Mathematical presentation. We advise working in rough first, then writing up your best attempt.
- One complete solution will gain more credit than several unfinished attempts.
The top 25% of scorers receive a Certificate of Distinction; the next 45% receive a Certificate of Merit. Each of the top 20 scorers receive a gold medal, the next 30 a silver medal and the next 50 a bronze medal. All medalists will also be awarded a book prize; the title varies from year to year. Each qualifying student receives a Certificate of Qualification or Participation depending on their entry route.
The 2020 award thresholds were:
Distinction 18+, Merit 10+
British Mathematical Olympiad Round 2 qualification threshold
27+ (yr 13, S6, NI14), 26+ (yr 12, S5, NI13), 24+ (yr 11, S4, NI12 and below)
Contributing to our work
As a charity, we do not make a profit from entry fees. We spend all the money we raise on advancing the education of young people in mathematics. If you would like to support us further then please consider making a donation.
Our volunteers are at the heart of everything UKMT does from creating the Challenges to running our Enrichment activities. If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us please do get in touch.