# UKMT Maths Senior Challenge - how to prepare?Watch

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9 years ago
#21
Past papers, search and do logic problems and things. I did it last year, the maths involved really isn't hard; it's more applying what you know to the problem involved oh, and don't take it too seriously!
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9 years ago
#22
I've got Silver every year from yr 7-12, so I really don't want a Gold this year or it will break my consistency
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9 years ago
#23
My exam technique was to turn up

Got me a Gold in year 11 but nothing last year!

I'm still going to try again this year!
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9 years ago
#24
Try a few past papers - they're usually available on the website.

Also, look back at GCSE Geometry. The Olympiads involve a lot of geometry so they try to introduce it early. Learn your circle theorems and properties of shapes (including all three types of triangle and how they differ).

Learn the prime factorisation of 2008, 2009 and 2010 because they love putting in questions involving that.

Practise your addition, subtraction, multiplication and division - if you make a mistake in the exam it can be fatal.

Use elimination - in the exam if you can whittle down a question from five answers to two, you're more likely to get it right if you do guess (though I'd recommend not guessing as they subtract marks!)

Good luck

EDIT: also, learn some pythagorean triples (3,4,5; 5,12,13; 7,24,25 etc) and make sure you know how to calculate areas of circles, triangles and squares, and volumes of spheres, cones, prisms and pyramids. Surface area of a sphere might also be useful.

OOh and, learn your trig identities - sin, cos and tan of 0, 30, 45, 60 and 90 degrees
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9 years ago
#25
(Original post by Mask Of Sanity)
I have a far more important exam on the 4th of November.
sorry for being stupid but which exam?
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9 years ago
#26

I take it SMC is on the 4th of nov then?
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9 years ago
#27
i got 33/100

but thats cos im a risk taker and i answered every single question
which is a bad idea since they take away 4marks for every incorrect answer
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9 years ago
#28
(Original post by jj193)

I take it SMC is on the 4th of nov then?
Its on the 5th.

The next day
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9 years ago
#29
2009 = 7x7x41. That'll probably prove useful at some point in the paper.
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9 years ago
#30
i once got a bronze in maths challenge
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9 years ago
#31
(Original post by jj193)

I take it SMC is on the 4th of nov then?
oh right, good luck!
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9 years ago
#32
(Original post by blueJ-)
sorry for being stupid but which exam?
BMAT.
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9 years ago
#33
(Original post by blueJ-)
sorry for being stupid but which exam?
Aha, no worries. BMAT. After it, I may have proof of my stupidity.

BMAT.
Got there before me.
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9 years ago
#34
(Original post by MeanMachine)
i once got a bronze in maths challenge
I never got bronze in the maths challenge.
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9 years ago
#35
I've been put in for this! Should be interesting.

Question if they take 4 marks off from when you guess, do they not take away maks for no guess then?
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9 years ago
#36
Do people (not universities) like these and think highly of them?

I sat it 4 times in high school and was 'best in school' 4 times.
My maths teacher (same **** years 9, 10 and 11) was really annoyed by me doing well - regarding his lessons, he would ring home to complain every few weeks and I was in detention at least once a week (completing all homework would have taken much longer).

Were you forced to sit it like we were?
I didn't want to and they said something about the tests being fair at measuring ability...
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9 years ago
#37
Pretty sure last year it was -1 for an incorrect answer.
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9 years ago
#38
I've never done any of the maths challenges before and some bright spark thought that just because I do A-Level maths I can do this :O
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9 years ago
#39
(Original post by yusufu)
Yeah, but who wants to go there?!
What's wrong with UCL, just out of interest?
I don't go there, but curious still.
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9 years ago
#40
(Original post by Rainbow-Dream)
What's wrong with UCL, just out of interest?
I don't go there, but curious still.
Nothing really. It's a good university. There are several better places to study maths though.
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