Encouraging girls to tackle advanced mathematical problems
The Mathematical Olympiad for Girls is a 2.5-hour competition consisting of five challenging problems aimed at girls and young women across the UK. Each problem requires a full, written solution.
The competition is used to help identify students who might become members of the UK team for international competitions.
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:
- You enter the competition online and pay any remaining entry fees.
- We make the competition paper available for you to print out from 30 September onwards.
- On the competition date, your students sit the paper under exam conditions.
- You post your students' work back to us.
- Our volunteers mark the papers.
- We notify you of the results and return the marked scripts to you.
What happens after the competition?
To recognise the highest performers in the competition, we award a Certificate of Distinction to the top 25% of scorers and we award a book prize to the top 30 individuals.
We also invite some particularly high performers to join the squad of potential members of the UK team for the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad and other international competitions.
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 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.
Find out more about volunteering with us.