Junior Math Challenge (JMC) is a fun, interesting and challenging experience for students in grades 8 and below.

The Mathematical Challenges aim to stimulate mathematical problem solving.

The challenge is organized by grade. There will be a challenge for each grade (from grade 3 to grade 8).

The JMC is not designed to be just another test in the school year. We are of the belief that the JMC encourages enthusiasm, boosts confidence in mathematics and shows the different ways questions can be asked. We believe in the importance of Problem Solving as a means of helping pupils develop their reasoning skills. Consequently, we have taken every measure to make this experience fun, exciting and stress-free for the kids.

“…This was very challenging (the teachers struggled with some!) but something which was eagerly anticipated by both teachers and the kids involved. I will certainly be using these questions later in the year as problem solving challenges…” – Teacher, Chapel Hill Catholic School

Answering JMC questions does not depend on mathematical knowledge alone, but on the ability to think things through, be logical and find ways to solve problems. Kids also need to read the questions carefully!

“…An excellent paper with questions on the last page to test the most able kids. The paper encouraged kids to ‘think outside the box’ in their solving of problems…” – Teacher, Sir Wilfrid Laurier School

The JMC is designed to make kids think outside the box. We try to make sure the questions are not heavily reliant on formal mathematical knowledge, but can be solved by logical reasoning.

“…Y6 has not yet covered all the mathematics curriculum prior to sitting the paper but really tackled it with enthusiasm… they all enjoyed the Challenge and confidence grows as they achieve…” – Teacher, Maple Ridge Elementary School

The Layout

The JMC paper has 25 questions. 20 of these are multiple choice. The questions are graded; starting with easy ones and graduating to harder questions. The final five require an answer where no choices are given.

“…The multiple choice questions allowed the less able kids to participate along with the more able. A bit of a confidence booster…” – Teacher, John Young Elementary School

There are two practice questions on the front of the paper. The purpose of these questions is to make sure all the kids know what they are doing and where the answers are going. Completing these two questions does not eat into the allocated time for the Challenge.

“…the first page really built confidence for the children…” – Teacher, Kanata Highlands School

Kids can use as much note paper as they need for their working out.

Kids get…

  • 90 minutes to answer the questions
  • the chance to win one of the family travel packages and other electronic stuffs………………..
  • 10 easy questions to start, 10 medium level questions and 5 difficult questions with
  • all kids who prepare adequately should achieve a reasonable score
  • certificates of recognition



  • It made me realise how much I know.
  • Unbelievably hard but fun at the same time.
  • I found the paper very challenging and there were lots of red herrings in it.
  • It was really useful to practise using the PMC books. I think that helped to prepare me.
  • It was fun to do and also put my brain in a knot for some of the questions.
  • The questions were mind boggling.
  • I liked the trick in question 4. Too much thinking about circles!
  • I loved the maths challenge, especially the jokes which make it more fun.


  • This ties in superbly with the Mastery level of the new curriculum, providing suitable challenges with humour and a twist.
  • A challenging paper that covers a multitude of mathematical skills
  • A really good mix of questions and very challenging, which the high ability children loved.
  • Thank heavens there are people willing to undertake the task ( of writing the paper). Our Y6 look forward to the challenge.
  • Great ‘real life’ questions. Good mix of shape, fractions, percentages and measures. Great for vocabulary development . The children really enjoyed the challenge.
  • Great questions, brilliant for problem solving skills. I am going to use them as starters for lessons as they will make kids think.
  • It is helpful to have had the PMC books in school and do some practice.
  • Clear and concise instructions on how to administer the paper
  • Administration… faultless as usual.


The competition is aimed at schools based in the Ottawa area. All entries must be made by a parent on behalf of the kid.

It’s easy to take part:

You complete our registration form at heroteacher.org/challenge-registration on behalf of your kid.

We send you the instructions on how to prepare your kid for the challenge.

Attend the information session

Participation is free

What happens after the challenge?

To recognize the highest performers in the Challenge we will organize an award ceremony (ceremonie de remise de medailles) to which all participants will be invited. The winners will be unveiled at the ceremony. The top 3 performers will receive respectively the gold, silver and bronze Math Hero certificates. Each certificate will come with a family vacation package.

The participants coming is 4th,5th,6th places will receive the certificates of distinction. Each certificate of distinction will come with a choice of either ...

We hope that taking part in the Mathematical Challenges is a stimulating and rewarding experience for all students. Teachers/tutors can use past Mathematical Challenges as a source of high-quality problems to encourage their students to think mathematically.