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The maths challenge is more a test of problem solving ability in a mathematical context. It takes a good problem solving capability as well as mathematical ability to do well on it. Problem solving is essential in those other degrees PQ listed
Sure but there are definitely other ways of showing problem solving ability so a math challenge isn't going to make or break an application. Mathematical ability is debatable because according to the website the challenge is designed for anyone who's done a GCSE in math.
And while yes, anyone who's done GCSE maths can take the challenge and get a decent score, having an AS in maths/further maths makes it a lot easier because you can access different ways of solving the problems. As well as this, simply having taken AS m/fm can make you think in much broader terms than one would with just a GCSE in maths.
The senior challenge can also automatically qualify you for the first round of the British Mathematical Olympiad by merit, so is a great way to show prowess to the university
No one's claiming this will make/break his application. But I'm sure it does add something great to it. And because so many children in the UK take it, it's a good way of generally seeing where a candidate for (e.g.) a mathematics course might stand among others across the UK.
The very fact that so many people take it means that it isn't unique to the applicant.
As you say, having a GCSE, As or A level in the subject helps with the exam which means that the exam covers the syllabus taught at those levels so being able to do well on the challenge means that the applicant, like most others doing maths at GCSE, As and A level, has mathematical ability to that level + an ability to do this sort of exam well. Uni level work certainly isn't about being able to answer multiple choice questions in a short space of time.
Overall, unless the OP is applying for math I don't see the challenge as relevant to the application. If they're applying for another math related degree maybe have the referee mention it.
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My school deadline for sending personal statement is this Friday and the senior maths challenge test is at Thursday 5th. It will be impossible to get my result before my school internal deadline so I was just asking if it would be a waste if I add the senior maths challenge as pending in my personal statement.
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