The UKMT Individual Maths Challenges are lively, intriguing multiple choice question papers, which are designed to stimulate interest in maths in large numbers of pupils. The three levels cover the secondary school range 11-18 and together they attract over 600,000 entries from over 4,000 schools and colleges. Link to official website

The Junior and Intermediate Challenges are aimed at pupils in the relevant year groups. The Junior challenge is for pupils at year 8 (England) or below and the intermediate challenge is for year 11 and below. The Senior Challenge is aimed at pupils aged 16-19 studying maths and not yet at University.

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

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.

Locally some school integrate past questions into their lessons or homework to challenge pupils and prepare them for the style of questions. Below are links to PPTs containing some Junior level questions from previous years. They have been organise loosely into topic areas but often UKMT questions challenge pupils to consider maths in a non-standard way.


Prime, Factors & Multiples

Algebra (& sequences)



Misc Problem Solving




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