The Intermediate Mathematical Challenge.
We are so proud of our year 9, 10 and 11 students who took part in ‘The Intermediate Mathematical Challenge’ recently. Over a thousand students worldwide competed in this competition and our students did really well. Eleven of our students won a golden, silver or bronze certificate!
This individual test took place digitally. As part of the competition, students had 1 hour to answer 25 questions. The first 15 questions were ‘the easier ones’ and won points for correct answers. The challenge came with the following 10 questions, where an incorrect answer could cost the students a 1 or 2 point deduction! The questions of the test were mostly problem solving questions that challenge students to really think outside of the box.
“I’m so proud of our competing students! Just taking part in the competition already means that you are a very good mathematician. It’s so special that so many of our students earned a certificate on top of this! Only the top 7% of competitors get a golden certificate, the next 14% gets silver and the next 21% deserves bronze. I’m in particular proud of Lily, Prem and Siew Hoi, our year 9 students, who received Silver Awards despite competing with older students.” commented Mr Jackson, the school’s Math teacher who led the competition for the students.
The Intermediate Mathematical Challenge has existed for over twenty years. It is an annual event for students in years 9, 10 and 11 who are gifted mathematicians. A very large number of schools, particularly in the UK, participate in the Challenge each year. The competition lasts one hour and has twenty five challenging questions which test problem-solving, reasoning, and mathematical fluency. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards are given to the top 40% of students globally who participate in the challenge.
Congratulations to all of our students who participated in this challenging competition!