Gold 54+, Silver 45+, Bronze 41+
Distinction 32+, Merit 18+
British Mathematical Olympiad Round 2 qualification threshold 40
Stretching high-attaining young people
The British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 is a follow-on round to the Senior Mathematical Challenge. It is a 3.5-hour competition consisting of six problems requiring full written solutions.
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.
How do I take part?
The competition is open to eligible students and those entered at the discretion of their schools.
We invite around 1000 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 competition at the discretion of their school.
We send invitations to participate in the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 with the results of the Senior Mathematical Challenge and send competition papers to UKMT centres to arrive at least one week before the competition date.
What happens after the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1?
The top 25% of scorers receive a Certificate of Distinction; the next 45% receive a Certificate of Merit.
Around 100 eligible top-scorers will go on to sit the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 2.
How can I prepare for the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1?
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.
Can you help us?
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