The UCT Mathematics Competition is an annual event which
began in a local school in 1977, and moved to UCT in 1980. It
currently attracts about 7500 entries from 170 schools in the
The objectives of the competition are:
to popularise mathematics
to raise awareness among both students and teachers
that mathematics is a subject that is enjoyable and
accessible to everybody
to identify promising students and offer them
opportunities for further development of their
to attract students to study mathematics at UCT.
All high schools in the Western Cape are invited to participate.
Each school may enter five individuals and five pairs in each
grade (8 to 12). Entries by schools is done online. Entry is free.
The University of Cape Town.
How it works
Five question papers are set, one for each grade. The papers
are multiple-choice, consisting of thirty questions, ranging from
very easy to rather difficult.
The papers are written at the University of Cape Town campus
on an evening in April. Pairs and individuals write the same
paper, but their results are graded separately.
Olympiads are open to all learners from any School or Province in Grades 4 to 11 in Natural, Life and Physical Sciences with an entry fee
of R20 per learner.
The top ten individuals and top three pairs in each grade win
Gold Awards and calculators or watches donated by Casio.
If a school does not qualify for a Gold Award, but has entered at
least ten individuals, it qualifies for a School Award; a book
donated by Oxford University Press. The School Prize is
awarded to the individual with the highest ranking (in any grade)
in the school.
These prizes, and several trophies for individual and school
achievement, are awarded at a prize-giving in late May or early
Merit Awards are given to the top 200 individuals and top 100
pairs in each grade. All other contestants receive Certificates of
Participation. Full results and appropriate certificates are sent to
schools after the prize-giving.
The UCT Mathematics Challenge and Olympiad
The top achievers in the Competition are invited to take part in a
second round; the UCT Mathematics Challenge. The papers
require only numerical answers.
The top achievers in the Challenge are invited to take part in a
third and final round; the UCT Mathematics Olympiad. The
Junior and Senior papers consist of six problems, for which full
solutions are required.
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