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Mathematical Olympiad for Girls

The next Mathematical Olympiad for Girls will take place in late 2017.

Sample materials

Download earlier past papers and sample solutions

What is MOG?

MOG is a competition aimed at girls in Year 11 and above (England and Wales), S4 and above (Scotland) and Year 12 and above (Northern Ireland). Younger entrants are allowed at the discretion of their school.

MOG lasts two and a half hours and consists of five complex mathematical problems for which full written solutions are required. The maximum possible score is 50. Download past papers and sample solutions.

In 2016, the mean score was 6, a significant reduction from 2015; prizes were awarded to the 32 candidates who scored 30 or more. Distinction certificates were awarded to those scoring 12 or more, and an Honourable Mention was given in the results sheet to those scoring less than 12, but nevertheless achieving full marks on any one question. Invitations were given to the highest scorers in each year group to participate in the relevant Olympiads (BMO1, or Intermediate Cayley, Hamilton, Maclaurin.)

MOG16 mark distribution

Who should take part in MOG?

We hope through MOG to encourage and inspire as many girls as possible to get involved in advanced mathematical problem solving. However some students can be discouraged from taking part in subsequent activities if they have a negative experience through sitting an Olympiad paper when they are not ready for it.

We recommend that students who are entered for MOG will probably already have achieved some success at UKMT follow-on rounds or in the mentoring schemes, and are confident mathematicians.

We encourage all interested students to attempt some past papers before entering the competition, as Olympiad questions may be different in style to anything they have previously attempted.

MOG also forms part of the process to identify potential squad members for the annual European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad and other international competitions.

Therefore, students should be eligible to be part of the UK team (either eligible for a UK passport describing them as a British Citizen, or will have completed 3 full years of full-time secondary education in the UK by the time they leave school).

EGMO16 press release by the sponsor of the UK EGMO team, Man Group.

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