Stretching high-attaining young people

The British Mathematical Olympiad Round 2 follows Round 1. It is a 3.5-hour Challenge consisting of four very challenging problems requiring full written solutions.

As well as challenging high-scorers from the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1, the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 2 is an entry point to the training and selection programme for international competitions.

Date: 27 January 2022

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 £29 per paper via discretionary

Discretionary entries will open on the same day results for the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 are released.

How to take part

We invite around 100 eligible students from the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1. Students who did not take the BMO1, or who did not qualify for an invitation, may be entered into the Challenge at the discretion of their school.

Certificates, medals and prizes

The top 25% of scorers receive a Certificate of Distinction; the next 45% receive a Certificate of Merit. Each qualifying student receives a Certificate of Qualification or Participation depending on their entry route.

Around 100 eligible top-scorers will be invited to sit the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 2.

The 2021 award thresholds were:

Merit 7+, Distinction 11+

Preparing for the Challenge

Students preparing for the Challenge should look at our guidance and past British Mathematical Olympiad Round 2 papers.

We also sell books which can help students to prepare for our Challenges.

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.