The Maths Challenge details



This section comprehensively addresses every aspect of the Maths Challenge that requires your attention.

Before delving further, take note that IMC administers two distinct Maths Challenges. Firstly, there’s the Regular 3-Round Challenge, detailed below on this page. The second is the Online Simulated Maths Challenge (OSMC), a Single Round event exclusively held for Selected Schools worldwide. Details regarding the OSMC can be accessed here. It’s important to highlight that OSMC participation is by invitation only and limited to students from these designated schools. If your school has communicated its selection and provided you with the necessary information, you’re eligible to apply for the OSMC.

For those seeking more information about the 3-Round Maths Challenge, read on.

Rounds & Eligibility

There are 3 rounds in this Challenge. Each round has the same test format. However, the eligibility for each round varies.

Round 1 – If you are a student from Grade 1 -12 of any school, then that’s it! You are eligible. You need to register, enrol for the Challenge and take the online proctored exam as per the schedule.

Round 2 – To be eligible for Round 2, you need to score a minimum of 50%ile in Round 1. This means you need to score better than half of the candidates in your grade to progress to Round 2.

Round 3 – This is the final round and to be eligible, you need to rank in the top 30% among all the students of your grade who participated in Round 2.

Learn how to select the proper Grade

Grade selection is a personal decision that parents must make with certain guidelines. If your child has completed at least 6 months of schooling in the current grade by June 1, 2024, you are permitted to choose that grade for the exams. Additionally, you have the option to choose a grade one level lower than the current grade.

However, for children who have spent less than 6 months in a particular grade, it is highly recommended to enrol them in a grade one lower than their current grade. This ensures that the child has covered the curriculum in school before taking the test. Parents are free to opt for the current grade if they wish to.

It’s crucial to note that the final certificate will be based on the grade of the exam taken.

In both cases, the grade displayed on the student portal should always reflect the current grade. The grade you pick when enrolling on the Fees page may change based on the information provided above.

For students following the UK curriculum, Year 1 corresponds to Grade 1, Year 2 aligns with Grade 2, and so forth. Years 12 and 13 correspond with Grade 12.

Scoring Structure

Format 1: For grades 1-6

  • Number of Question

  • Marks per Question

  • Total Marks

Question type: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Negative marking: None
Allotted time: 45 mins

Prior to the test, we expect the students to familiarise themselves with the test pattern, types of questions etc. Read this section further to know how to prepare for the test.

Format 2: For grades 7-12. In this format, the marks awarded to a question depend on the Difficulty Level of the question.

  • Sections

    Number of Question

    Marks per Question

    Total Marks

  • Section 1 Difficulty Level - 1




  • Section 2 Difficulty Level - 2




  • Section 3 Difficulty Level - 3




  • Total



Question type: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
Negative marking: None
Allotted time: 60 mins

Prior to the test, we expect the student to practice questions of all Difficulty Levels and familiarise themselves with the questions. Read this section further to know ‘How to prepare for the test’.

Score Reports

The IMC guarantees a precise score report that will effectively showcase your child’s genuine capabilities and pinpoint their strengths and areas for improvement. Following each round, the IMC Academic Committee will validate student scores and share the score report with parents as per the schedule.

The score report is available in two formats; the Basic Score Report(BSR) and the Enhanced Score Report (ESR). Parents have a choice to opt for any of the 2 Reports.

Click here to check out a sample Basic Score Report.

Enhanced Score Report

While the BSR helps you understand your child’s performance v/s the TEST, the ESR does that and much more. It helps you understand your child’s performance

  1. v/s the TEST, just as the BSR
  2. v/s the REST of the World
  3. v/s the REST of your home country
  4. v/s the BEST (Top 10%) of the world and
  5. v/s the BEST (Top 10%) of your home country

In other words, the ESR will be the ultimate report of your kid’s performance.
Click here to check out a sample Enhanced Score Report. You can opt-in for the ESR while enrolling for the Maths Challenge.


A trustworthy test relies on a syllabus that’s accurate and carefully planned. The IMC Academic Committee has meticulously crafted the syllabus and exams in line with the latest curriculum. We understand that different countries follow different educational boards, but our academic team has worked hard to ensure fairness throughout the Challenge.

The Syllabus describes the exam curriculum in depth which will help you prepare your child for the test. You may observe that the content we cover is exhaustive, yet is well within the reach of the student. The levels of questions are relatively easier than traditional math tests and students can compete in the test without high-level advanced training.

How to Prepare

We’re not here to replace your child’s teachers; we have confidence in their teaching abilities. We strongly believe in a consistent approach to learning, avoiding any confusion from different teaching methods. As your child gains a solid understanding of math concepts in school, we’re here to complement their learning with a comprehensive set of fully solved Test Practice Papers (10 in total). These practice papers are designed to closely resemble the Maths Challenge. You don’t need to worry about our explanations – our subject experts break down the basics in a simple and logical manner, helping students become truly comfortable with the topics. The knowledge gained here will inevitably contribute to their success in their regular school studies as well. You can opt for the Test Practice Package of 10 fully solved Test papers when you register at the IMC.

Moreover, you have the option to join the EXP course. This program provides you with an extra set of 7 practice papers, complete with answer keys. These papers feature questions from the 2022 Challenge. We suggest considering enrollment in the EXP course once your child has completed all the Test Practice Papers.

To know more, check out the Fees and Enrolment page

This test as a secure online proctored exam

The pandemic restricted most school students around the world to learn online. However, secured testing and online assessment in schools has hardly been conducted on a global scale. The IMC has attempted to bridge this gap to provide a fair and secured testing platform for all school kids at a global level. But we are not the first. Some examples are the GRE, the GMAT and the SAT which moved to the Take-from-home format in 2021. The tests collectively attract over 3 million students globally each year.

So just how secure are the IMC proctored online tests and how do they work?
Our high tech proctored tests use a combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and human proctors to provide a hassle-free, yet highly secure online exam. Our automated proctoring utilizes your mic, webcam and our screen-sharing program. The proctor is a series of AI-powered computer algorithms programmed to flag certain suspicious behaviour. These algorithms are complemented with human proctors as well.
Our AI technology uses live footage from webcam and audio from the laptop/computer to understand if the student is resorting to unfair means. The AI is trained to catch discrepancies. Here’s some of them

  • If the student moves away from the system for a considerable time, it will be reported.
  • If a second person comes within the camera frame, our AI will detect and report this.
  • If somebody else is speaking to the student or vice versa, this will be flagged by the AI.
  • If the student is reading from a different device hidden from the camera, his eye movements will be flagged.
  • If the student attempts to open another tab on his/her computer, it will be reported and flagged.
  • If a student tampers with the audio or video, it will be reported and flagged.

We understand that these rules might appear a bit daunting. However, our intention is to maintain both the test’s security and the student’s focus. As long as the student avoids any misconduct and is allowed to take the test without disruptions, everything will proceed smoothly.

The IMC retains footage of the student’s test to facilitate post-test analysis. Our sophisticated Artificial Intelligence algorithm plays a key role in identifying any potential distractions or anomalies. When such situations arise, the algorithm alerts human proctors, who then report the incidents to the IMC proctoring team. Subsequent actions are determined by the board, ensuring a level playing field and fair test administration for all candidates.

Test day instructions

Ahead of the exam, we provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions that your child should follow on the test day. For our younger participants (grades 1-6), we permit parents/guardians/caregivers to assist them during the login process, ensuring a seamless start. After the verification stage and right before the ‘Start Test’ command, we kindly request that your child be given space to continue independently. Our aim is to offer a test environment that is both secure and convenient.

Extra Assistance during the test

At the IMC, we are dedicated to ensuring the wide accessibility of our exams. We make special accommodations available to test takers who meet specific eligibility criteria and provide appropriate documentation for their requests. We have identified two student categories that qualify for accommodations during the exam:

1) Those with physical disabilities and

2) Those who consider English as a Second Language (ESL).

The IMC Academic Committee (IMC AC) acknowledges these factors as deserving of accommodation, and you can discover in-depth information about them within the FAQs section.


If your child successfully advances through the first and second rounds, there won’t be immediate prizes, but they will carry a heightened sense of self-confidence into the next stage. Students ranking within the top 20% in Round 3 are deemed winners of the Challenge.

If your child ranks among the top 20% of students in their grade during Round 3 but not within the top 5%, they earn the title of International Maths Challenge Elitist. Our Elitists are entitled to the International Maths Challenge Elitist merchandise, which is sent to their residence, no matter where you reside in the world. This merchandise package encompasses T-Shirts, Certificates, and Medals that correspond to the designation.

Should your child secure a top 5% ranking in Round 3, relative to other candidates in their grade, they are granted the prestigious title of International Maths Challenge Champion. Our Champions are eligible to receive the International Maths Challenge Champion merchandise, including T-Shirts, Certificates, and Medals that align with the achievement. Depending on your child’s location, shipping charges may apply for the dispatch of physical merchandise.

While the merchandise is a gesture from IMC’s side, students often receive a myriad of accolades from their schools as well. The majority of our students receive their IMC certificates during a school assembly. Many of our winning students are featured in school newsletters and on websites, substantially boosting their confidence. These psychological boosts serve as motivation for students to put in greater effort and strive for higher accomplishments.

Further information about this are detailed in the FAQs and Terms and Conditions

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