2021 award thresholds
Gold 86+, Silver 68+, Bronze 55+ (All years)
IMC 2021 will take place over 4 days (1st-4th February).
Promoting a love of problem solving
The Intermediate Mathematical Challenge is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK.
It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.
The problems on the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.
How do I take part?
The competition is aimed at students in schools and colleges based in the UK. Entries must be made by registered UKMT centres, not private tutors, individual students or their parents.
You can order online entries for your students via this page. After placing your order, if you don’t have one already, you will be supplied with a login for your Challenges Profile where you can access everything you need to host the IMC online. You will be able to access your students logins along with their results and certificates when they are released. You will also be able to access your IMC Online Handbook from here which has full instructions on everything you need to know.
This is separate from the main UKMT website where you place orders and logins for your Challenges Profile will be sent within 5 working days of your order being placed.
Regardless of whether you order online, paper or a combination of entries you will be sent login details for the new online Challenge site, which is separate from the UKMT main website. This is because all results and your downloadable certificates will be made available on the online Challenge site.
What about the follow on rounds?
Kangaroos - These will be run over 2 days and you will automatically be given login details for your student(s) to sit this round online. However if your students are unable to sit the Challenge online and need physical papers you will have the option to request this when we email you regarding your qualifiers.
Olympiads - These will be run on a specific day, on paper only. Question papers will be available to download.
What if my students are at home due to Covid-19?
All online entries can be used at home using the same format as would have been used in school.
We ask that, if feasible, students at home are still invigilated via online supervision from a teacher, but we appreciate this isn't possible in all circumstances.
Please note that no refunds will be issued for online orders. Entry to the Challenges guarantees first round entry only. Please see our terms and conditions on ordering for more details.
What happens after the Challenge?
To recognize the highest performers in the Challenge, we award the top-scoring 40% of participants Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates in the ratio 3:2:1.
In addition, we invite around 1500 of the very highest performers to take part in either the Cayley, Hamilton or Maclaurin Olympiad (depending on their school year) and around 8000 to take part in either the Grey or Pink Kangaroo (depending on their school year).
How can I prepare for the Challenge?
We hope that taking part in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge is a stimulating and rewarding experience for all students, whether or not they have prepared.
Teachers can use past Intermediate Mathematical Challenge papers as a source of high-quality problems to encourage their students to think mathematically and to prepare for the competition. We are delighted to be working with DrFrostMaths to help teachers use past problems in the classroom.
We also sell downloadable past papers and books which can help students to prepare for our competitions.
What is the entry fee used for?
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.
Can you help us?
If you or someone you know has benefited from our activities then please consider making a donation.
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