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Encouraging girls to tackle advanced mathematical problems

The Mathematical Olympiad for Girls is aimed at girls and young women across the UK and consists of five challenging problems. This year we have made some changes to the format of the paper to make it easier for schools to take part, and because we are unable to mark scripts.

The style of the questions remains the same. However, candidates will submit answers only, rather than full written solutions. We will still provide full written solutions after the Olympiad and would encourage students to try writing their own before reading them.

The length of the paper has been reduced to 2 hours. After the paper has been completed, the answers are entered online; this can be done either by the teacher or by the students themselves.

How do I take part?

The competition is aimed at girls and young women in the UK at the discretion of their school or college. Students who are younger than the target audience may enter at the discretion of their school or college.

Each participant must either hold a UK passport describing them as a British Citizen or plan to have completed three full years of full-time secondary education in the UK by the time they leave school. Please contact us if you have any questions about eligibility.

Entries must be made by registered UKMT centres and not by private tutors, individual students or their parents.

The entry fee for the competition is waived for the first four entries from each centre. The waiver will be applied automatically when you check out.

It is easy to take part:

  1. You enter the competition online and pay any remaining entry fees.
  2. We make the competition paper available for you to print out before the Olympiad goes live.
  3. There is a 3 day window for your students to sit the Challenge. Tuesday October 6th to Thursday October 8th. The paper can be sat either at home or at school.
  4. You will be provided with logins and instructions on how to enter answers online.
  5. We notify you of the results. 

What happens after the competition?

Students will be given their scores.

Unfortunately we are not able to award prizes this year, but words of encouragement will be offered to the top scorers to start preparing for the BMO1.

How can I prepare for the competition?

The problems on the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls are challenging and the competition is not suited to all students.

Students may be discouraged from participating in other competitions if they are entered for the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls inappropriately.

Teachers can use past papers of the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls as a source of high-quality problems to encourage their students to think mathematically and to prepare for the competition. We have produced a sample paper, consisting of a mixture of past paper questions, to illustrate this year's format. This sample paper can be found on your Challenges Profile once you are logged in after purchase.

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.

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Mathematical Olympiad for Girls 2020
Tue 6 Oct 2020
17:00 on Mon 5 Oct 2020
This competition is UK only.
Open to
Year 11 and above S4 and above Year 12 and above
£20.00 per paper
Entries to this competition are either not open yet or have already closed.