Math Kangaroo Competition

Math Kangaroo, also referred to as International Mathematical Kangaroo or Kangourou sans frontières in French, is a global math competition with over 92 participating countries. Students ranging from grade 1 to grade 12 can participate in this competition. According to the organizers, the key competence tested by Mathematical Kangaroo is logical cum analytical skills and not just pure knowledge of formulae. 

Math Kangaroo Competition

Math Kangaroo Test Format

The duration of the exam is 90 minutes. The exam format for Grades 5 to 12 includes 30 questions worth 120 points, while the format for Grades 1 to 4 consists of 24 questions worth 96 points. Each question contains five MCQ-based options.   

Students who registered individually can only appear for the online exam. However, schools interested in participating in the Mathematical Kangaroo Competition can apply through both offline and online modes.  

For candidates who registered offline, the exam will be held by the designated contact person at the student's school.

They will be given an OMR Sheet to write their response on. Test takers are permitted to use a blank sheet for calculations during the exam, but they must return it to the proctor upon completion of the test. 

Students in Pre-Ecolier-1 and Pre-Ecolier-2 will take the same test paper but will receive separate rankings. This also applies to students in Ecolier-1 & 2, Benjamin-1 & 2, Cadet-1 & 2, Junior-1 & 2, and Student-1 & 2. 

1 point will be deducted for each incorrect answer, with no penalty for skipping a question.  

Pencils, pens, erasers, rulers, and other geometrical instruments are allowed during the exam.  

Gadgets like calculators, smart watches, etc., are strictly prohibited.  

Those who score perfectly in the first round will advance to the Final round of the competition.  

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Math Kangaroo Scoring Format

Pre-Ecolier and Ecolier (Grade- 1 to 4)  

The exam for Pre-Ecolier 1 & 2 (Grade-1 & 2) and Ecolier-1 & 2 (Grade-3 & 4) lasts for 90 minutes and consists of 24 questions, with 8 questions per section and five options for each question. The questions are evenly divided into three levels of increasing difficulty, with equal weightage. For every incorrect answer, one mark will be deducted, but there will be no penalty for skipping a question. Those who score perfectly in the first round will advance to the Final round of the competition. The difficulty level of the questions determines the points awarded as follows: 

Easy: 3 points for each question answered correctly.  

Medium: 4 points for each question answered correctly.  

Hard: 5 points for each question answered correctly.  

Maximum Score: 96 points.   

Benjamin, Cadet, Junior and Student (Grade 5 to 12)  

 The exam for Benjamin – 1 & 2 (Grade - 5 & 6), Cadet- 1 & 2 (Grade - 7 & 8), Junior -1 & 2 (Grade - 9 & 10), and Student (Grade 11 & 12) also lasts for 90 minutes and consists of 30 questions, with 10 questions per section and five options for each question. The questions are equally divided into three levels of increasing difficulty. For each incorrect answer, one mark will be deducted, but there will be no penalty for skipping a question. Those who score perfectly in the first round will proceed to the Final round of the competition. The difficulty level of the questions determines the points awarded as follows: 

Easy: 3 points for each question answered correctly.  

Medium: 4 points for each question answered correctly.  

Hard: 5 points for each question answered correctly.  

Maximum Score: 120 points.  

Math Kangaroo Syllabus:

Pre Ecolier (Grade 1-2)   

  • Simple arithmetic operations with 1-digit and 2-digit numbers  
  • Distinguishing simple figures  
  • Time, clock, number of days in a week, number of months in a year   

Ecolier (Grade 3 & 4)   

  •  Simple arithmetic operations with 1,2,3 and 4-digit numbers  
  •  Recognizing geometric figures
  •  A magic square with a sum of 15  
  • Time, clock, number of days in a week, number of months in a year  
  •  Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and intersection of sets  
  •  Perimeter and area of a square and a rectangle   

Benjamin (Grade 5-6)   

  •  Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  •  Magic squares  
  •  Fractions and decimals 
  •  Clocks, calendars  
  •  The perimeter of a polygon, area of a rectangle and a triangle  
  •  Mathematical logic
  •  Lines and rays on a surface  
  •  A cube, a rectangular solid, acute, right, and obtuse angles  

Cadet (Grade 7-8)   

  •  Operations on rational numbers  
  •  Powers of natural numbers  
  •  Angles: acute, right, and obtuse  
  •  Equations, inequalities and systems of linear equations  
  •  Area of a rectangle, a triangle and a circle  
  •  Lines and rays on a surface  
  •  Volume and surface area of geometric figures  
  •  Supplementary angles, sum of angles in a triangle and in a quadrilateral  
  •  Mathematical logic   

Junior (Grade 9-10) 

  • Operations on real numbers  
  • Functions, polynomials, equations, inequalities
  • Sequences of numbers  
  • Elements of combinatorics  
  • Synthetic & analytic plane geometry  

Student (Grade 11 -12)   

  •  Simple arithmetic operations with 1,2,3 and 4-digit numbers  
  •  Operations on real numbers  
  •  Functions, polynomials, equations, inequalities.  
  •  Sequences of numbers  
  •  Elements of combinatorics  
  •  Synthetic & analytic plane geometry

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Medals and Merit Certificates 

The Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded to participants based on their performance in the Math Kangaroo competition. The top 5% of competitors will receive Gold medals, while the next top 10% will receive Silver medals. The next top 10% of competitors will receive Bronze medals. All medalists will also receive merit certificates in recognition of their achievements. Participants who do not receive a medal will be awarded a participation or appreciation certificate as a token of their effort and dedication.  

Only an e-certificate will be given for appreciation and participation.  

In the final round of the competition, only the students who achieved a perfect score in the first round will participate. The students who score above 95% in the final round will receive a Perfect Score Award, a Gold Medal, and a cash prize of $100. 

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