Providing an additional opportunity for problem solving

The Junior Kangaroo is a follow-on round to the Junior Mathematical Challenge. It is a 60-minute, multiple-choice Challenge consisting of 25 problems.

We invite several thousand UK-based students from the Junior Mathematical Challenge to take part in the Junior Kangaroo. Entry to the Challenge is by invitation only and is based on a qualifying score, which is variable from year to year.

Date: 14 June 2022

Eligible year groups: England and Wales - Year 8 and below, Scotland - S2 or below, Northern Ireland - Year 9 or below

Time allowed: 60 minutes

Entry fee: Invitation only

How to take part

The competition is only open to invited students in schools and colleges based in the UK.

Invitations to participate in the Junior Kangaroo will be clearly indicated in your results from the Junior Mathematical Challenge. Invitees will receive automatic online access to the Challenge but there will also be an option to receive a paper version.


Each participant receives a Certificate of Qualification and the top-scoring 25% of participants each receive a Certificate of Merit.

Certificates are pre-populated with student names and can be downloaded and printed as soon as results are released.

The 2021 award thresholds were:

Merit: 97+

Preparing for the Challenge

We hope that taking part in the Junior Kangaroo is a stimulating and rewarding experience for all students, whether or not they have prepared.

You can utilise our previous online Challenges, download past papers, solutions and investigations here. They are a great resource containing high-quality problems designed to encourage mathematical thinking and prepare students for the Challenge. We are also delighted to be working with DrFrostMaths to help teachers use past problems in the classroom.

We also sell downloadable past papers and books which can help students with their preparation.

Kangaroo origins

We are proud to be the UK member of the Association Kangourou sans Frontières, a collaborative association whose purpose is to promote mathematics among young people around the world. Around six million young people take Kangaroo competitions each year.

The name Kangaroo acknowledges the contribution made by Australia to establishing large-scale mathematics contests.

Contributing to our work

As a charity, we do not make a profit from entry fees. We spend all the money we raise on advancing the education of young people in mathematics. If you would like to support us further then please consider making a donation.

Our volunteers are at the heart of everything UKMT does, from creating the Challenges to running our Enrichment activities. If you would like to find out more about volunteering with us please do get in touch.