Gold 76+, Silver 61+, Bronze 49+
British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 100+, Senior Kangaroo (UK only) 76+
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The 2020 date shown is provisional; the event will be confirmed soon but will be on or around this date.
Promoting a love of problem solving
The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-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 Senior 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.
It is easy to take part:
- You enter the competition online and pay the entry fee, provided you are from a registered UKMT centre.
- We post the papers and instructions on how to administer the Challenge to your institution to arrive at least one week before the Challenge date.
- On the Challenge date, your students sit the Challenge under exam conditions.
- You post the completed answer sheets back to us.
- We mark the papers and notify you of the results.
What happens after the Challenge?
To recognise the highest performers in the Challenge, we award the top-scoring 60% of participants Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates in the ratio 3:2:1.
How can I prepare for the Challenge?
We hope that taking part in the Senior Mathematical Challenge is a stimulating and rewarding experience for all students, whether or not they have prepared.
Teachers can use past Senior 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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