The United Kingdom Mathematics Trust (UKMT) is a charity founded in 1996 to help with the education of children in mathematics within the UK. You can download UK Mathematical Challenge UKMT Past Papers for practice at the end of the article.
Founded in 1961, it was run by the Mathematical Association from 1975 until its adoption by the UKMT in 1996. The Junior and Intermediate Mathematical Challenges were the initiative of Dr Tony Gardiner in 1987 and were run by him under the name of the United Kingdom Mathematics Foundation until 1996.
The popularity of the UK national mathematics competitions is largely due to the publicising efforts of Dr Gardiner in the years 1987-1995. Hence, in 1995, he advertised for the formation of a committee and for a host institution that would lead to the establishment of the UKMT, enabling the challenges to be run effectively together under one organisation.
The UKMT run a series of mathematics challenges to encourage children’s interest in mathematics and develop their skills:
- Junior Mathematical Challenge (UK year 8/S2 and below)
- Intermediate Mathematical Challenge (UK year 11/S4 and below)
- Senior Mathematical Challenge (UK year 13/S6 and below)
In the Junior and Intermediate Challenges the top scoring 40% of the entrants receive bronze, silver or gold certificates based on their mark in the paper. In the Senior Mathematical Challenge these certificates are awarded to top scoring 60% of the entries. In each case bronze, silver and gold certificates are awarded in the ratio 3 : 2 : 1. So in the Junior and Intermediate Challenges
- The Gold award is achieved by the top 6-7% of the entrants.
- The Silver award is achieved by 13-14% of the entrants.
- The Bronze award is achieved by 21% of the entrants.
- For the Senior Challenge these percentages are 10%, 20% and 30%, respectively.
You can read, download and practice with the UK Mathematical Challenge UKMT Past Papers below. If you have difficulties to download the files, you can read the guide at here How to find and download resources or How to download all files in one zip file.