Stretching high-attaining young people

The Junior Mathematical Olympiad is a follow-on round to the Junior Mathematical Challenge. It is a two-hour Challenge consisting of 16 problems: 10 in Section A and six in Section B. Only answers are required to the problems in Section A whereas full written solutions are required for problems in Section B.

We invite around 1,200 qualifying students from the Junior Mathematical Challenge to take part in the Junior Mathematical Olympiad. You will be notified by email if you have qualifiers for the Junior Olympiad when we release the results from the Junior Mathematical Challenge. Students who have missed the qualifying threshold and therefore do not receive an invitation may be entered into the Challenge at the discretion of their school.

The Challenge materials can be downloaded from your Challenges Profile and printed in school before the Challenge.

Date: 14 June 2022

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

Time allowed: 2 hours

Entry fee: Free via invitation or £22 per paper via discretionary

Discretionary entries will open on the same day results for the Junior Mathematical Challenge are released.

How to take part

The Challenge is by invitation (to candidates scoring above a certain threshold, which is variable from year to year) and those entered at the discretion of their schools.

Certificates, medals and prizes

The top-scoring 25% of participants will receive a Certificate of Distinction the next top 65% will receive a Certificate of Merit. The remaining students will receive either a certificate of qualification or participation depending on their entry route.

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

The top 50 scorers will be awarded a book prize; the title varies from year to year.

We award medals on a different basis to certificates and prizes. The medal-awarding score is calculated as the score from Section A plus the scores of 5 or more for Section B problems. (Section B marks of 4 or less will not count towards the medal-awarding score.) Each of the top 30 scorers receive a gold medal, the next 60 a silver medal and the next 120 a bronze medal.

The 2021 award thresholds were: TBC

Preparing for the Challenge

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

You can download past papers, solutions and investigations here and use them as a source of high-quality problems to encourage mathematical thinking and prepare students for the Challenge. We are delighted to also be working with DrFrostMaths to help teachers use past problems in the classroom.

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

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.