Math Kangaroo Contest
MKC is one of the largest mathematics competitions in the world. The contest was first held in France in 1991 and was named “kangaroo” because the contest format drew from the previously held Australian Mathematics Competition. As MKC became very popular among students, the contest has first spread from France to European countries, and has further expanded to around the world. Now, MKC is coordinated globally by “Association Kangourou Sans Frontières” (AKSF).
During the COVID-19 pandemic:
In 2020, there were 3,399,323 students globally participated in the MKC, among which 1,230 students in Hong Kong practiced MKC problems online unmonitored.
In 2021, there were 3,171,325 students globally participated in the MKC, among which 1,324 students in Hong Kong and Macau participated online or at school by virtual or normal proctoring.
In 2022, there were 4,482,378 students globally participated in the MKC, among which 1495 students in Hong Kong and Macau participated online or at school by virtual or normal proctoring.
Magic Square Association (MSA) is the official organiser of MKC in Hong Kong as well as Macau. MSA aims to promote the mathematical education in Hong Kong and Macau, which also organises American Mathematics Competition (AMC), and CMS Competitions (CMGC & COMC).
Math Teacher, VSA
Assistant Professor, CUHK
Associate Dean, Professor, HKU
Wong, Chung Leung
Principal, Kwei Wah Shan College
Associate Professor, CitiU
Associate Professor, CUHK
Managing Director, Essence Intl.
He, Xuhua, Wu, Zhongtao and Yao, Jiangang were International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) gold medalists.
March 25, 2023 (Saturday) for Kindergarten to Grade 6 levels
March 26, 2023 (Sunday) for Grade 7~12 levels
Paper exam in classrooms in Causeway Bay, North Point, or Mong Kok.
Levels and Time Schedule
Seven contest sets cover all grades in kindergarten, primary and secondary schools.
Maternelle (Upper&Lower K)
March 25, 11:00~12:00
Pre-Ecolier for Grade 1&2
March 25, 14:00~15:15
Ecolier for Grade 3&4
March 25, 9:00~10:15
Benjamin for Grade 5&6
March 25, 16:00~17:15
Cadet for Grade 7&8
March 26, 9:00~10:15
Junior for Grade 9&10
March 26, 11:00~12:15
Student for Grade 11&12
March 26, 14:00~15:15
Students can participate in contest levels corresponding to or higher than their grades. For example, a grade 3 student can attend both Ecolier and Benjamin contests.
Each contest consists of 25 multiple-choice questions with the following mark scheme:
8 x 3' + 9 x 4' + 8 x 5' = 100'
There is no penalty for wrong answers.
English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Problems will be read out in English, Cantonese and Mandarin to students in the Kindergarten and Pre-Ecolier contests.
For each contest level, participants are divided into two groups by grades for ranking and awards. For example in Cadet, participants in Grade 7 or below form one group, while students in Grade 8 form the other group.
First Prize: Awarded to participants with rank #1 to #5 in each group.
Second Prize: Awarded to participants with rank #6 to #15 in each group.
Third Prize: Awarded to participants with rank #16 to #30 in each group.
Peak Award: Awarded to participants in the top 10% in each group.
Elite Award: Awarded to participants in the top 10%~25% in each group.
Merit Award: Awarded to participants in the top 25%~50% in each group.
Scores and Certificates
Every student will receive the contest score through the registered email by the end of April.
Every student will receive a participation certificate and award certificate(s) (if any) through the registered email by the end of May.