The Junior Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 8 or below in England and Wales, Year 9 or below in Northern Ireland and S2 or below in Scotland. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions. Pupils fill in the answer sheet in B or HB pencil and the Challenge is marked by UKMT using an optical mark reader. We aim to return the results to schools within six weeks, but where we have a valid email address we will email the results within three weeks.
Papers are posted to arrive two weeks before the challenge date. If your school has not received your papers a week before the Challenge date, please contact us without delay.
Questions from the Junior Challenge can be used as enrichment material in the classroom across the ability range.
The top 40% of students nationally receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each institution receives a Best in School certificate.
Around 1200 of the highest scorers are invited to participate in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad.
Following a successful pilot in 2015, a further several thousand pupils from across both year groups will be invited to sit the Junior Kangaroo paper. This is a one-hour paper with 25 multiple-choice questions and, like the JMC and JMO, sat in school. This means that a Kangaroo paper is available across all age groups in our Challenges, and significantly increases the number of pupils given an opportunity to sit a follow-up round to the JMC.
Sample past papers / Solutions
For students with visual impairment:
The Junior Challenge 2016 thresholds:
Bronze 51-64 Silver 65-80 Gold 81+ Kangaroo Qualifier 93-112 UK only Olympiad Qualifier 113+
Please note these are for guidance only; the thresholds are recalculated each year based on the national score distribution.
For more information please check frequently asked questions.
You may buy collections of past papers