Welcome to the Junior Mathematics Competition!


The PPTA's national day of action on Wednesday April 3 has been postponed.

In view of this most schools should be able to hold the competition on Wednesday April 3 after all. You are encouraged to do so if possible. However some schools may have organised the competition for Thursday April 4 and may not be able to change back to the 3rd. They may still sit the competition on the Thursday without penalty.

In any case schools must collect in all question sheets at the conclusion of the competition and not return them until Friday April 5 at the earliest.

2019 is the 34th year of this highly successful Competition.

This mathematics competition is for students in years 9 to 11 (forms 3 to 5), although younger students may also take part. Every student throughout New Zealand sits the competition on exactly the same day, usually a Wednesday in late March or early April.

The competition lasts for one hour and in this time students answer up to six questions. The emphasis is on problem solving, so expect surprises!

Mathematical skills are important, but so is careful reading. Students who read the questions carefully and work out exactly what is being asked generally do better than those who jump in and write down the first thing that springs to mind.

Although many of the same questions are asked for each year level, students only compete against students at the same level as themselves. (However students in years 7 or 8 are regarded as being in year 9 for the purposes of the competition.)

Full details of the competition may be found here, with a note on who can enter here.

Note: This competition should not be confused with Problem Challenge, which is run by a separate unit within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Otago. For Problem Challenge enquires please contact the Problem Challenge organisers directly.

In 2019 the competition will be held on Wednesday April 3. Please note this date down. If you have questions about our selected date please contact us as soon as possible.


Friday March 29 2019: New entries for the 2019 competition have now closed. Schools which have already entered may still change the number of digital entries by emailing the manager at jmc@maths.otago.ac.nz.
Monday March 25 2019: If a teacher now logs in they should be able to download useful items. These include the Instructions for sitting, a photocopiable copy of the Answer Booklet or, if preferred, a sheet with headers which can be attached to any student's answers if they are going to answer on pad paper.
Thursday March 21 2019: The PPTA have postponed their Day of Action. Please see the notice at the top of the page.
Monday March 11 2019: Printed entries have closed. If your school still wants to enter students then digital entries are still available.
Thursday February 28 2019: During the upcoming weekend we will be sending a reminder message about the competition to all schools which have entered at any point since 2014. If for some reason you do not receive the reminder but still wish to enter you may still do so. Contact us if you have difficuties. You may download your customised invitation letter if you log into the website. The results for 2018 are also on the website. (Each school can only download their own results.)
Thursday February 7 2019: Schools may now login on the website if they have a record of their user name and password from 2018. The Initial Invitation for 2019 (which contains a school's login details anyway) will be sent to all New Zealand schools shortly.
Sunday August 5 2018: The Top 30 results for Year 9 have been put on the results page. We hope to release the Top 30 results for the other two year levels next weekend, at which point preliminary results will be sent to schools to allow checking of names for certificates.
Monday April 9, 2018: We have now sold out our stock of the "Ten of the Best" book. Since we are planning a new book that will release in the second half of this year, there will be no further reprints.
Monday March 26, 2018: We believe that we have sent competition material to all schools which entered this year's competition up to and including this date. All school mathematical contacts who believe their school has not received the materials should contact the organisers urgently.
Tuesday March 6, 2018: Due to a bug in our code, attempts to upload names via our website from before this morning may not have worked. If you attempted to upload names before now, please try again. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
Monday March 5, 2018: Everyone can now upload their names via our website after logging in. This is not mandatory but it is recommended that you try and supply names in this way.
Friday March 2, 2018: The University's Credit Card gateway will be down for maintenance on Sunday the 4rd of March between 9am and 11am. We recommend that you should not place entries in the competition nor order books via our website during this time. For further information please visit this page.
Monday February 26, 2018: We're nearly ready for schools to upload names via our website. If you'd like to try it out before we make it widely available, please contact us.
Tuesday September 26, 2017: Due to a bug while testing our email system, a few schools were accidentally emailed with another invitation to enter this year's competition (which, of course, has already been and gone). Our apologies for those affected; the email can be safely ignored.
Thursday September 4, 2017: We have now sent final results via email to all schools. Printed certificates and prizes (where relevant) should be couriered out by next week at the latest.
The 2017 questions and model solutions are now available on the Previous Questions page, while the 2017 report is available on the Results page.
Thursday July 6, 2017: Principal marking has been completed, and a second round of marking checking the top 15 to 20 percent of papers is under way. Note that this year’s competition was easy compared to previous years, so it may take a little longer to sort out the top papers than usual. We still hope to result preliminary results in August.
Monday May 8, 2017: Marking continues. The general feeling is the competition is quite easy this year. While you wait for results (a wee way off yet), feel free to read about the organisers here.
Monday January 30, 2017:An electronic calendar (in iCal format) containing key dates for this year’s competition is now available here.
Wednesday August 17, 2016:The solutions for this year’s competition are now available. This year’s report is also available.
Monday July 25, 2016:Principal marking has now been completed. Check marking continues; we hope to have the Top 30 results for Year 9 ready this coming weekend!
Monday June 13, 2016:We’ve added an interactive map to the website, detailing the schools that entered this year, and in previous years (the earliest currently available is 2010). Visit our map page and start exploring!
Monday May 30, 2016:This year’s questions are now available here. We hope to put the answers up soon.