Gold medal 59+, Silver medal 55+, Bronze medal 45+
Book prize 59+, Distinction 45+, Merit 8+
The 2021 date shown is provisional; the event will be confirmed soon but will be on or around this date.
We regret that the Junior Olympiad 2020 will not take place due to Covid-19. Apologies for any inconvenience, we are planning to run the Olympiad again in 2021.
Stretching high-attaining young people
The Junior Mathematical Olympiad is a follow-on round to the Junior Mathematical Challenge. It is a two-hour competition consisting of 16 problems: 10 in Section A and six in Section B. Only answers are required to the problems in Section A whereas full written solutions are required for problems in Section B.
We invite around 1200 qualifying students from the Junior Mathematical Challenge to take part in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad. Students who have missed the qualifying threshold for the competition may be entered into the competition at the discretion of their school.
How do I take part?
The competition is open to qualifying students and those entered at the discretion of their schools.
We send invitations to participate in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad with the results of the Junior Mathematical Challenge and send competition papers to UKMT centres to arrive at least one week before the competition date.
What happens after the Junior Mathematical Olympiad?
Each qualifying student receives a Certificate of Qualification and the top-scoring 25% of participants each receive a Certificate of Distinction. Candidates who make a good attempt at Section B of the paper receive a Certificate of Merit.
The top 50 or so scorers will be awarded a book prize; the title varies from year to year.
We award medals on a different basis to certificates and prizes. The medal-awarding score is calculated as the score from Section A plus the scores of 5 or more for Section B problems. (Section B marks of 4 or less will not count towards the medal-awarding score.) Each of the top 30 scorers receive a gold medal, the next 60 a silver medal and the next 120 a bronze medal.
How can I prepare for the Junior Mathematical Olympiad?
Teachers can use past Junior Olympiad 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.
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