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What is UKSMC?

The UKMT (the host) runs a series of mathematics challenges to encourage child's interest in mathematics and develop their skills in schools. The three main challenges are:

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Challenge date :

Wednesday 4th October 2023


Closing date of registering: 27 September 2023

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Fees for the UKSMC is $50 per student.

Eligible year groups: Year 13 and below

Exam: Online

Calculators are NOT permitted.


Name of Account: Pinnacle Education Group

Account: 06-0241-0684634-00


Please make payment with the students 'full name + UKSMC ' as reference.

⚠️ Please note that any fees and payments made are non-refundable.

⚠️ Before you make any payment, make sure you read through the refund policy on our website to avoid misunderstandings.

(Terms and conditions apply).

It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.


The problems on the Senior Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Most are accessible, yet still challenge those with more experience.

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Please note: If you registered after the deadline, the fees will be doubled.

PGA reserves the right to interpret all competition and course arrangements.

Competition format

The Senior Mathematical Challenge is a 90-minute, multiple-choice Challenge.

Topics covered (but not limited to)

  • Numberwork

  • Geometry

  • Circles

  • Equations

  • Indices/Surds

  • Angles

  • Fractions

  • Combinations/Probability

  • 3D shapes

  • Trigonometry

  • Ratio

  • Percentage

  • Prime Numbers

  • Logic

  • Averages

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Scoring rules for the Senior Mathematical Challenge are as follows:

  • All participants start with 25 points

  • 4 marks are awarded for each correct answer

  • 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect answer

  • Answers left blank will be marked as 0


To recognize the highest performers in the Challenge, we award the top-scoring 66% of participants Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates in a ratio of 3:2:1.


The host UKMT will invite around 1,000 of the very highest performers to take part in the British Mathematical Olympiad Round 1


The 2022 award thresholds are: 76+ Gold, 62+ Silver, 48+ Bronze.

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