Intermediate Maths Challenge 2017

On Thursday 2nd February, 120 students from Years 9 and 10 sat the Intermediate Maths Challenge.

The Intermediate Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below in England and Wales, Year 12 or below in Northern Ireland and S4 or below in Scotland. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under normal exam conditions.

Of the 25 multiple choice questions, the first 15 are more accessible whilst the final 10 will provide more food for thought.

The top 40% of students nationally receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3 and each institution receives a Best in School certificate.

Around 500 of the highest scorers in each school year are invited to take part in the Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad papers: Cayley, Hamilton and Maclaurin for Year 9, 10 and 11 and equivalent. A further 5,500 pupils from across all three year groups are invited to sit either the grey or pink European Kangaroo papers. These are one-hour papers with 25 multiple choice questions, taken by pupils from over 30 countries worldwide.

High scorers may additionally be invited to participate in one of our summer schools. Pupils who obtain the top score in their school may be invited to one of our “Best in School” events.

Mr Hopkins said: “The IMC is very challenging but I’m proud of how our mathematicians focussed in tough conditions – I look forward to receiving their results, which should be within 3 weeks.”

Students in Year 7 and 8 will sit a preliminary paper in lessons shortly before we choose our top students to sit the Junior Maths Challenge for Year 7 and 8 on Thursday 27th April.

  • See the Questions here.
  • See the Solutions here.
  • See extension exercises here.