The UK Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a registered charity whose aim is to advance the education of children and young people in Mathematics. The UKMT organises national Mathematics competitions and other mathematical enrichment activities for 11-18 year old UK school pupils. Each year over 600,000 pupils from 4,000 schools take part in the three individual challenges. Each challenge leads onto follow-on Olympiad rounds. They run mentoring schemes and summer schools for high performing students as well as training a team of six to represent the UK in the International Mathematical Olympiad.
We have taken part in the Maths Challenge for the last 25 years. 60 students from each of our year 7 and 8, 30 from each of years 9 to 11 and approximately 30 sixth formers take part each year. The Maths Challenge question papers are taken in school and then returned to the UKMT for marking. The Senior Challenge takes 90 minutes and the Intermediate and Junior Challenges take 60 minutes.
The papers contain 25 multiple choice questions. Of these, the first 15 are more accessible whilst the final 10 will provide more food for thought. 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.