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UKMT Maths Challenge

The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths among pupils in secondary schools in the UK. There are three levels of difficulty covering the secondary school range 11-18, together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4,000 schools and colleges.

The Junior Challenges is aimed at pupils in S1/2, the Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in S3/4 and the Senior Challenge is aimed at pupils in S5/6.

The Maths Challenge question papers are taken in school on the date shown below and returned to the UKMT for marking. The Senior Challenge takes 90 minutes and the Intermediate and Junior Challenges are one hour long.

The papers contain 25 multiple choice questions. Of these, the first 15 should be accessible to most children who are confident in mathematics whilst the final 10 will provide more food for thought and will challenge even the best pupils. Gold, silver and bronze certificates are awarded to 40% of participants nationally in the Junior and Intermediate Challenges, and 60% of participants nationally in the Senior Challenge. The most successful participants at each level are invited to enter follow-on rounds; Kangaroos (multiple choice questions) or Olympiads requiring full written answers.

Dates for 2016-17

Junior Challenge Intermediate Challenge Senior Challenge
27th April 2017 2nd February 2017 8th November 2016
27th April 2017 2nd February 2017 8th November 2016

 

Past Papers

Junior Challenge Intermediate Challenge Senior Challenge
2015 Junior Paper 2015 Intermediate Paper  
2015 Junior Solutions 2015 Intermediate Solutions  
2014 Junior Paper 2014 Intermediate Paper 2014 Senior Paper
2014 Junior Solutions 2014 Intermediate Solutions 2014 Senior Solutions