Feb 26, 2019

The UNSW School Mathematics Competition

  • Crimson Education
  • New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory


The UNSW 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. 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. 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 the winners have gone on to receive medals there.

For more information visit the official website v. 

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




Open enrollment, though only 20% of students are awarded prizes or certificates

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Competition tests secondary students on rigorous maths concepts

Time Commitment


Competition is one three-hour test, but students should prepare themelves by practising working through previous years' competition questions

Application Deadline

15th May 2020 is the competition closing date.

Application Process Includes

Teacher registers students online