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Mathematical Kangaroo Competition

Overview

Mathematical Kangaroo (also known as International Mathematical Kangaroo or Kangourou sans frontières in French) is an international mathematical competition that takes place in 92 countries. There are twelve levels of participation, ranging from 1to 12 grades. The key competence tested by Mathematical Kangaroo is not just pure knowledge of formulas, but the logical combination of concepts.

Kangourou sans Frontières is an organisation made up by mathematicians from all over the world. They aim to spread the love of mathematics, encourage mathematical education in schools, and create a favourable perception of mathematics in society, motivated by the importance of mathematics in the current world. The annual Kangaroo Mathematics Competition is the main activity of Kangourou sans Frontières. Mathematical questions in the multiple-choice format are available to students at all levels of school. The questions aren't the typical textbook problems, and they cover a wide range of topics. They demand imagination, basic computational abilities, logical reasoning, and other problem-solving strategies in addition to inspiring ideas, perseverance, and creativity. Small anecdotes, surprising questions and results frequently appear, prompting conversations with friends and family. The organisation of the competition in the individual countries is up to the members of Kangourou sans Frontières.

The competition is now taking place all over the world. Sweden was the first to participate in 1999. In Germany, 860,000 students from 9,000 schools participated in 2011, up from 549,000 in 2007. The competition was held in Latin America in 2014. A week-long Kangaroo summer camp was hosted by the Bulgarian association in 2017. In Canada, elementary school math contest clubs teach "questions typical of the Math Kangaroo Contest," beginning with those that include a visual component and assist in the development of logic and spatial reasoning. Pakistani students initially participated in the competition in 2005, and the number of participants has grown each year since then. The tournament was immensely popular in Europe and was "making its way into the United States," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2009. Denmark took part for the first time in 2015. In 2019, India competed for the first time as part of the International Olympiad Academy.

Test Format

The competition consists of a 90-minute multiple-choice test. Students who register through their school will take a pen and paper test, however, students who register on an individual level are given the option of taking the test online. The Contest will be held in the student's school (or at the Open Center for Individual Participants), with the assigned contact person in charge of the event.

Each problem has five options, and the paper comprises 30 questions (except for the Pre Ecolier and Ecolier papers, which have 24 questions). For students in grade1to 4, the highest score is 96 points, and for students in grades 5 to 12, the maximum score is 120 points. There will be a one-point deduction for each incorrect response, but there will be no penalty for skipping a question.
Each participant will be given an answer sheet (OMR Sheet) as well as blank sheets to use for calculations. At the end of the contest, all used and unused sheets must be returned to the invigilator or proctor. To the Contest, students can only bring a pencil or pen, an eraser, and geometry tools. During the exam, students will not be permitted to use a calculator. In the second round of competition, the first-round perfect scorer will compete.

Awards

Medals and Merit Certificates

  • Gold medals will be awarded to the top 5% of competitors; silver medals will be awarded to the next top 10% of competitors, and bronze medals will be awarded to the next top 10% of competitors. All medalists will be presented with merit certificates. Others will receive a participation or appreciation certificate.
  • Only an e-certificate will be given for appreciation and participation.
  • In the second round of competition, the first-round perfect scorer will compete. Students who score higher than 90% in the second round will receive a Perfect Score Award, a Gold Medal, and $100 in cash.