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Individual Challenges

Photograph of Senior students with their certificates

The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4,000 schools and colleges.

Braille and Large Print papers are available if ordered before the closing date. Please contact us specifying your requirements.

Dates of future Challenges -- Age Groups

Challenge England & Wales Scotland Northern Ireland Challenge
Senior Year 13 or below S6 or below Year 14 or below Tuesday 7 Nov 2017
Intermediate Year 11 or below S4 or below Year 12 or below Thursday 1 Feb 2018
Junior Year 8 or below S2 or below Year 9 or below Thursday 27 April 2017

Competition rules

The Junior and Intermediate Challenges are aimed at pupils in the relevant year groups (see table above). The Senior Challenge is aimed at pupils aged 16-19 studying maths and not yet at University.

The Maths Challenge question papers are taken in school on the date shown above and returned to the UKMT for marking. The Senior Challenge takes 90 minutes and the Intermediate and Junior Challenges are an hour long.

The papers contain 25 multiple choice questions. Of these, the first 15 are more accessible whilst the final 10 will provide more food for thought. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded to 40% of participants nationally in the Junior and Intermediate Challenges, and 60% of participants nationally in the Senior Challenge. The most successful participants at each level are invited to enter follow-on rounds; Kangaroos (multiple choice questions) or Olympiads requiring full written answers.

Dates of future follow-on rounds

Challenge Follow-on round Date
Senior Senior Kangaroo Friday 1 December 2017
British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 Friday 1 December 2017
British Mathematical Olympiad Round 2 Thursday 25 January 2018
Intermediate Intermediate Kangaroo Thursday 15 March 2018
Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad Thursday 15 March 2018
Junior Junior Kangaroo Tuesday 13 June 2017
Junior Mathematical Olympiad Tuesday 13 June 2017

For more information please check frequently asked questions.

You may buy collections of past papers or download last year's from the links on the left.

Download questions and solutions in HTML for teachers to export to other software packages.

Download JMC 2017 Challenge PDF entry form (UK)


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