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Intermediate Mathematical Challenge

A 60 minute, 25 multiple choice Challenge. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought and fluency to make students think. The problems on the Intermediate Maths Challenge are designed to make students think, most are accessible yet still challenge those with more experience.

Time limit
60 minutes

Price
£13 for 10 entries

Age group
England, Wales and Overseas: Year 11 and below
Scotland: S4 or below
Northern Ireland: Year 12 or below

Deadline for physical paper purchases
Wednesday 3rd January 2024

Challenge Date
Wednesday 31st January 2024

How it works

1

Register your school

2

Purchase entries

3

Sit challenge

4

Receive results

For full information on how to host the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge please visit the Challenge Handbook.

Preparing for the challenge

We are delighted to be working with Dr Frost Maths to help teachers use UKMT past papers and problems in the classroom.

You can utilise UKMT past papers, solutions and investigations as preparation materials for your students. They are a great resource containing high-quality problems from previous years designed to encourage mathematical thinking.

Instructions

The use of blank paper for rough working is allowed; squared paper, calculators and measuring instruments are forbidden.

Use a B or an HB non-propelling pencil.

Do not expect to finish the whole paper in the time allowed. The questions in this paper have been arranged in approximate order of difficulty with the harder questions towards the end. You are not expected to complete all the questions during the time. You should bear this in mind when deciding which questions to tackle.

The questions on this paper are designed to challenge you to think, not to guess. You will gain more marks, and more satisfaction, by doing one question carefully than by guessing lots of answers. This paper is about solving interesting problems, not about lucky guessing.

To accommodate candidates in other time zones, please do not discuss any aspect of the paper on the internet until 8am GMT on Friday 2 February. Candidates in time zones more than 5 hours ahead of GMT must sit the paper on Thursday 1 February (as defined locally).

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Intermediate Mathematical Challenge

Past Papers

Download UKMT’s free past papers to help students achieve better results.

Maths Books

Browse UKMT’s range of maths books and older past papers on Amazon to help you and your students prepare for maths challenges.

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