2021 Grade boundaries: The grade boundaries have now been released and have been added to the table on this page. You can also replay the whole challenge (with hint and solution videos) as well as the 2020 paper in this free online course!


The Junior Maths Challenge in 2021 took place between 26th and 29th April 2021. Students usually take this paper in years 7 and 8 in England, S1 or S2 in Scotland or Years 8 and 9 in Northern Ireland, but the competition is open to entrants from younger year groups too. Many schools overseas also enter students, but entrants must be of an equivalent age and be students at official UKMT test centres – applications from private individuals or tutors is not allowed.

How to take Maths Challenges if you’re home schooled or working with a private tutor.

If you’re preparing for the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge in 2021, or know a student who is, take a look at my free preparation course:

Get ready for the Junior Maths Challenge (age 10-13) – Free online course!

On other pages on this site, you can find a table of grade boundaries from past years. Certificates are awarded to 40% of entrants in the ratio 1:2:3, so about 7% receive Gold certificates, 13% Silver and 20% Bronze. Of those achieving a Gold Certificate, around 10,000 students go on to take the Junior Kangaroo follow on round and 2,000 take the Junior Mathematical Olympiad.

Further information and past papers for the UKMT Junior Mathematical Challenge can be found on the official website here.