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Junior Mathematical Olympiad

The highest scorers in the JMC are invited to participate in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad. Around 1200 pupils take part in the JMO.

It consists of a two-hour paper of more in-depth mathematical problems to which there are two sections: Section A requires answers only whereas full written solutions are required for Section B. For some pupils this may be an unfamiliar exercise and an enjoyable introduction to this kind of mathematical activity. Papers are set and marked by the UKMT, as for the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad. Note that papers are marked almost immediately after the JMO date as we aim to return them to all candidates before the end of the summer term.

  • Dr Frost Maths - Interactive system using UKMT Challenge and Olympiad questions.

Schools with a UKMT centre number may enter pupils in the appropriate school years who did not qualify automatically. A fee is payable, and we would expect discretionary candidates to be talented mathematicians who e.g. were absent for the JMC or narrowly missed the qualifying threshold.

An online form is provided at the appropriate time of year, and the URL will be given in the JMC results documentation.

Based on the total score (A plus B sections; maximum score = 70) book prizes and certificates are awarded. The top scoring 25% of all candidates receive a Certificate of Distinction. Of those scoring below this, candidates who make a good attempt at the paper (usually a score of 8+, but may be moderated based on the score distribution) will receive a Certificate of Merit. Of the remaining candidates, those who qualified automatically for the JMO via the JMC receive a Certificate of Qualification. Discretionary (paid-for) candidates are only eligible for Distinction and Merit certificates. The top 50 scorers will be awarded a book prize; the title varies from year to year.

Medals are awarded on a different basis to certificates and prizes. The medal-awarding total will be the Section A mark + Section B marks that are 5 or more. (Section B marks of 4 or less will not count towards the medal-awarding total.) The top 210 will receive a medal; gold: silver: bronze 30:60:120.

The Junior Olympiad 2017 prize/certificate thresholds were:
Prize/Distn/Merit 52/36/8

The Junior Olympiad 2017 medal thresholds (based on the medal-awarding total as described above) were:
Gold/Silver/Bronze 54/44/36

Please note that all the thresholds above are for guidance only; the thresholds are recalculated each year based on the national score distribution.

Questions and Solutions Booklet

You may buy collections of past papers.

For this year's dates, click here.


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