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The UKMT Intermediate Mathematical Challenge 2021

On the 3rd February students in the mathematics classes 10M1 and 10M2 had the chance to try something different with their online learning. They participated in the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge. This challenge is usually completed on paper but this year students has to partake online.

The challenge is a 60-minute, multiple-choice competition aimed at students across the UK. It encourages mathematical reasoning, precision of thought, and fluency in using basic mathematical techniques to solve interesting problems.

The problems on the Intermediate Mathematical Challenge are designed to make students think. Whilst the challenge contains multiple choice answers students must be careful not to select the wrong answer and risk losing marks.

Here’s what some of the students had to say about the challenge:


‘The Intermediate Maths Challenge helped me to improve my problem-solving ability by applying it to different situations. Multiple aspects of maths were taken into account when answering a question, allowing links to be made between different topics, therefore helping me to revise and use maths in the future.’


‘The challenge definitely made me think about the questions and was good to test my range of abilities, but it also made me think about strategy. It was difficult to judge whether I should risk a response that I was not completely confident with to gain marks or to not answer the question and secure the marks I already had. This made me keep checking and retrying questions though so it was very good practice!’


‘I found the challenge different from what I expected it to be with a wider range of questions. I think there was a good spread of difficulty, as some were easy for me to answer and others took a lot of puzzling over to get to what I thought was the way to work out the answer- more fun than I anticipated too!’


‘Although it challenged all aspects of my maths ability, it allowed me to push myself and was easy to access.’


‘I found the maths challenge challenging, in a good way, but not frustrating. It was a very nice feeling when I managed to work out the problem and was confident with my answer. It definitely worked my brain!’


‘The maths challenge was rather difficult for me, it really does extend your knowledge to its peak. But nevertheless, the challenge was very fun.’


‘It made me really think about applying and sometimes combining the different maths we have learnt in other contexts. It definitely was a challenge but it was also interesting to work through the variety of questions.’