The University of New South Wales School Mathematics Competition has been run each year since 1962. It is open to participation by secondary school students in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. It is run in two divisions: Junior, up to and including Year 10, and Senior, Years 11 and 12.
The competition is designed to assess mathematical insight and ingenuity rather than efficiency in tackling routine examples. Moreover, students are encouraged to enter the competition if they are able to make some progress towards the solution of at least one of the sample problems that are included with the publicity material.
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 1000 students participate, 500 in each division, and prizes and/or certificates are awarded to abut 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.
Competition Date: The 51st Annual UNSW School Mathematics Competition was held on Wednesday 20 June, 2012. The ceremony and prizing giving took place on Friday 14th September.
2012 Competition flyer (PDF) .
Details regardng the 52nd UNSW School of Mathematics Competition will be made available shortly.
If your school has not participated in the recent past but would like to participate next year, then please contact the Competition Director Denis Potapov: email@example.com
If your school has participated in the recent past, then your school should receive a formal invitation letter from the Administering Organisation, Educational Assessment Australia (EAA).
Enquiries to EAA may be made by contacting:
Customer Service Department
Educational Assessment Australia
T: 61 2 8344-1010 F: 61 2 8344 1090
Prof Bruce Henry and John Papantoniou,
2012 1st Prize Winner
Senior Division (Sydney Grammar School)
School of Mathematics and Statistics Academic Staff
2012 Guest Speaker - Dr. Bernard Kachoyan, DSTO
Problems from the 2012 competition: