Promoting a love of problem solving

The Junior 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 Junior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.

About the online Challenge

The Challenge will be live 15 June - 3 July for Scotland, Northern Ireland and all non UK schools; 22 June - 3 July for England and Wales. We understand that your school may close before this date, however UK schools are still open so we have left the Challenge open for you so you have a wider option of dates if you wish to use them. You may choose a time in the applicable range that works with your timetable. You do not need to let us know, or confirm with us, the date you choose! The Challenge can be taken on all devices; smartphones, laptop, iPad, PC etc. All pupils at your school, where possible, will need to log in and sit the test on the same day, at the same time. They will be allowed 60 (continuous) minutes to complete the challenge. After the hour has expired they will be unable to continue, amend answers, or log back in.

How do I take part?

Existing orders

By 4 June you will receive an email with details on how to login to your online profile. Please let us know if you have not received this!

New or additional orders

You enter the competition online and pay the entry fee, provided you are from a registered UKMT centre, not a private tutor, individual student or parent.

After placing your order you will receive an email (by 12th June) with your username and password to access your online JMC Challenge profile.

Non-UK schools - the non-UK surcharge (£50/£60) will be added to your order, but you will not have to pay it. The charge will be removed from your account as soon as we can.

Your online profile

From this profile you will be able to download a series of Challenge usernames and passwords for your pupils. You will need to pass these on to your participating pupils. Full instructions on this and the Challenge will also be provided in a JMC Online Handbook on your profile.

What happens after the Challenge?

Results will be published in your online account by 8th July, with stats for your school and downloadable named certificates. To recognise 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.

We will also provide you with full solutions to the JMC questions and extension tasks. Students will also be able to log back in to compare their answers with the solutions. The students will be able to see the question, the answer options with their answer highlighted, whether they answered correctly and a solution explanation underneath.

We regret that we will be unable to run the follow-on (Junior Olympiad and Kangaroo) rounds in 2020.

How can I prepare for the Challenge?

We hope that taking part in the Junior Mathematical Challenge is a stimulating and rewarding experience for all students, whether or not they have prepared.

Students can practice some questions before the date of the Challenge by following the steps below. This is the same page they will use to login to the actual Challenge and the questions and answers are set out in the same format.

  • Open a browser and go to the site
  • Click on Challenges
  • Under Practice, click JMC 2019 Questions

Teachers can use past Junior 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 have also made a range of our downloadable past papers and books available for free during the Covid-19 pandemic, 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.

Contact us

Our customer service team will be on hand to support you in using the new system. Please email with any questions. 

Good luck everyone and thank you for your patience and support during this unprecedented time.


Junior Mathematical Challenge 2020 (pack of 10)
Mon 15 Jun 2020
17:00 on Wed 10 Jun 2020
17:00 on Wed 10 Jun 2020
Open to
Year 8 or below S2 or below Year 9 or below
£13.00 per 10 papers