Designed to assess mathematical insight and ingenuity rather than efficiency in tackling routine examples. Students are encouraged to enter the competition if they are able to make some progress towards the solution of at least one of the past problems (see Past Competitions).
Open to participation by secondary school students in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, this maths competition is run in two divisions: Junior, up to and including Year 10, and Senior, Years 11 and 12.
The competition is a three-hour open-book exam. Entrants are allowed to take any books and materials, but not computers with Internet connections, into the examination.
Each year, about 700 students participate, 300 in each division, and prizes and/or certificates are awarded to about 60 in each division. In recent years, the UNSW School Mathematics Competition has served as one of the selectors for the Australian team in the International Mathematical Olympiad. Some of our winners have gone on to receive medals there.
2020 Competition Timeline and Key Dates
Promotional Pack materials posted to participating schools in early March. If your school is not participating or you are unsure, see Competition Contacts.
Student entries are finalised by mid May. All schools who wish to participate need to enter their students before 15th May 2020, which is the competition closing date.
10 June 2020
Competition examination day. The competition takes the form of a three-hour examination which will be held on Wednesday 10 June 2020 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
18 September 2020
Prize presentation ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Leighton Hall, UNSW, Kensington Campus on Friday 18 September 2020.
Check their website to find out how to apply, scholarships and awards that entrants may be eligible for, or where to go for more information.