Encouraging girls to tackle advanced mathematical problems
The Mathematical Olympiad for Girls is aimed at girls and young women across the UK and consists of five challenging problems.
Date: 7 October 2021
Recommended year groups: England and Wales - Year 11 and above, Scotland - S4 and above, Northern Ireland - Year 12 and above (students who are younger may enter at the discretion of their school or college).
The problems on the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls are challenging and the Olympiad is not suited to all students.
Students may be discouraged from participating in other Challenges if they are entered for the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls inappropriately. Please make use of our past papers to help prepare students or get a sense at to whether they would be suited to sitting the Olympiad.
Paper format: 5 questions requiring full written solutions.
Scoring system: Maximum of 10 marks per question with partial marks awarded.
Time allowed: 2.5 hours
Entry fee: £20 per paper - first 4 entries free
Entries open soon!
Entry deadline: Midnight, Friday 1st October 2021
How to take part
Each participant must either hold a UK passport describing them as a British Citizen or plan to have completed three full years of full-time secondary education in the UK by the time they leave school. Please contact us if you have any questions about eligibility.
Purchasing and managing entries
Entries into the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls can be purchased via your Challenges Profile.
You will be provided with a question paper and 5 master answer sheets for each student, which will need to be downloaded and printed in school. We only send out hard copy question papers for first round Challenges.
You will also be provided with an online login for each student, which enables them to log in to the Challenges site after the Olympiad has been marked to see any feedback the markers have left.
Once your students have finished sitting MOG you will then need to upload their answer sheets to your Challenges Profile.
Download the Olympiad Handbook to help navigate you through hosting MOG.
Preparing for the Challenge
The problems on the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls are challenging and the olympiad is not suited to all students.
Students may be discouraged from participating in other Challenges if they are entered for the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls inappropriately.
Teachers can use past papers of the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls as a source of high-quality problems to encourage their students to think mathematically and to prepare for the Challenge.
We also sell downloadable past papers and books which can help with preparation.
Scoring rules for the Mathematical Olympiad for Girls are as follows:
- Each question carries 10 marks
- Partial marks may be awarded for incomplete or partially correct answers
- One fully correct answer will gain you more credit than several guesses
- There are no negative marks for incorrect answers
- Answers left blank will be marked as 0
The top scoring students will receive a Certificate of Distinction or a Certificate of Merit depending on their score. The top 30 scorers will also be awarded a book prize; the title varies from year to year. Each student receives a Certificate of Participation.
The 2021 award thresholds were: Merit 10+, Distinction 23+, BMO1 invite 40+, Book Prize 43+.
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.