MEM Challenge Competitions

MEM has been running Challenge and Senior Challenge take-home competitions in February half term since the late 1970s. Together, these competitions attract about 2,000 entries annually, with Challenge aimed at Years 7 and 8, and Senior Challenge aimed at Years 9 and 10.

A third competition, Open Challenge for students aged 18 and under, is organised by Liverpool Mathematical Society. Open Challenge details can be found here: HERE

Copies of all three competitions are sent in January to local high schools and anyone else who has registered an interest. The deadline for returning entries is on the front of the particular question sheet and is usually early March.

Challenge 2018 and Senior Challenge 2018 can be downloaded and printed from this webpage. Teachers should also download and print the Mark Sheets, which should be completed with the pupils' names and placed in the envelope containing the competition entries.

Please assist those doing the marking by entering the pupils' names on the Mark Sheets in alphabetical order, and by submitting the entries in the same order. Please also submit Challenge and Senior Challenge entries in separate envelopes. Thank you.

Please contact us if you wish to be added to the database; alternatively, use the archive below to download.

Both competitions consist of about 8 questions usually centred around a particular theme, with illustrations provided by Theo Chaddock and Will Ashworth.
The theme for 2018 is Food and Drink.

The best entrants will be invited, along with family or friends, to prize-giving evenings at the University of Liverpool on 2nd May (Senior Challenge and Open Challenge) and 9th May (Challenge).

Financial support for Senior Challenge is kindly provided by Mercer Limited.

Challenge & Senior Challenge Archive

Challenge Senior Challenge
2018 Questions (pdf) Challenge Mark Sheets (doc) Questions (pdf) Senior Challenge Mark Sheets (doc)
2017 Questions (pdf) Solutions (pptx) Questions (pdf) Solutions (pptx)
2016 Questions (pdf) Solutions (pptx) Questions (pdf) Solutions (pptx)
2015 Questions (pdf) Solutions (pptx) Questions (pdf) Solutions (pptx)
2014 Questions (pdf) Solutions (pptx) Questions (pdf) Solutions (pptx)
2013 Questions (pdf) Solutions (pptx) Questions (pdf) Solutions (pptx)
2012 Questions (pdf) Solutions (ppt) Questions (pdf) Solutions (ppt)
2011 Questions (pdf) Solutions (ppt) Questions (pdf) Solutions (ppt)
2010 Questions (pdf) Solutions (pdf) Questions (pdf) Solutions (pdf)
2009 Questions (pdf) Solutions (pdf) Questions (pdf) Solutions (pdf)
2008 Questions & Solutions (pdf) Questions & Solutions (pdf)
2007 Questions (pdf) Solutions (pdf) Questions (pdf) Solutions (pdf)
2006 Questions (pdf) Solutions (pdf) Questions (pdf) Solutions (pdf)
2005 Questions & Solutions (pdf) Questions & Solutions (pdf)
2004 Questions (pdf) Solutions (htm) Questions & Solutions (pdf)
2003 Questions (pdf) Solutions (htm) Questions (pdf) Solutions (pdf)
2002 Solutions (html) Solutions (pdf)
2001 Solutions (html) Solutions (pdf)
2000 Solutions (htm) Solutions (pdf)

Senior Challenge 1980 to 2003 compilation

Readme (txt) History-guide (pdf) 3 pages Questions (pdf) 53 pages 1.2MB Solutions (pdf) 69 pages 900KB Credits (txt)

Challenge & Senior Challenge Prize Winners

2017 Challenge results (pdf) 2017 Senior Challenge results (pdf)
2016 Challenge results (pdf) 2016 Senior Challenge results (pdf)
2015 Challenge results (pdf) 2015 Senior Challenge results (pdf)