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Senior Mathematical Challenge

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  • Download a printable Certificate of Participation (PDF) for your students (double-sided; two per A4 page)
  • Senior Mathematical Challenge 2017 award thresholds (out of 125):
    • Bronze: 57-70
    • Silver: 71-85
    • Gold: 86+
    • Senior Kangaroo: 85-103 (UK only)
    • British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1: 104+

About the Senior Mathematical Challenge

The Mathematical Challenges aim to stimulate mathematical problem solving.

The Senior Challenge is aimed at students in Year 13 or below (England and Wales), S6 or below (Scotland) and Year 14 or below (Northern Ireland).

How do I take part?

The competition is aimed at schools and colleges 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 (PDF) 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.

Download the 2017-18 entry form (PDF)

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, Olympiad Training Camps and other work of the UKMT.

What happens after the challenge?

To recognise the highest performers in the Challenge we award the top-scoring 60% of participants bronze, silver and gold certificates in the ratio 3:2:1.

In addition we invite around 1,000 of the very highest performers to take part in the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1 and around 6,000 to take part in the Senior 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.

Past papers, solutions and extension material

See the Senior Mathematical Challenge archive.

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