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Junior Mathematical Challenge

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  • Download a printable Certificate of Participation (PDF) for your students (double-sided; two per A4 page); most recent
  • Junior Mathematical Challenge 2019 award thresholds (out of 135):
    • Bronze: 41-53
    • Silver: 54-70
    • Gold: 71+
    • Junior Kangaroo: 78-105 (UK only)
    • Junior Mathematical Olympiad: 106+

About the Junior Mathematical Challenge

The Mathematical Challenges aim to stimulate mathematical problem solving.

The Junior Challenge is aimed at students in Year 8 or below (England and Wales), S2 or below (Scotland) and Year 9 or below (Northern Ireland). It is the UK's most popular mathematics competition with over 300 000 students taking part each year.

How do I take part?

The competition is aimed at schools based in the UK. All entries must be made by recognised institutions, not individual students or their parents.

It's easy to take part:

  1. You complete our entry form (below) on behalf of your institution.
  2. We post the papers and instructions on how to administer the Challenge to your institution.
  3. You post the completed answer sheets back to us.
  4. We mark the papers and send you the results.

    Entry available from early August

Papers are posted to arrive roughly two weeks before the challenge date. If your school has not received your papers a week before the Challenge date, please contact us.

We do not make a profit from Mathematical Challenge entry fees. All the money we raise is spent on advancing the education of young people in mathematics by funding the Team Maths Challenges, Mathematical Circles, National Mathematics Summer Schools, Mentoring Schemes and Olympiad Training Camps.

What happens after the challenge?

To recognise the highest performers in the Challenge we award the top-scoring 40% of participants bronze, silver and gold certificates in the ratio 3:2:1.

In addition we invite around 1200 of the very highest performers to take part in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad and around 8,000 to take part in the Junior Kangaroo.

We hope that taking part in the Mathematical Challenges is a stimulating and rewarding experience for all students. Teachers can use past Mathematical Challenges as a source of high-quality problems to encourage their students to think mathematically.

To make this is easy as possible, we have teamed up with popular free websites.

Past papers, solutions and extension material

See the Junior Mathematical Challenge archive.


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