First Year Maths Competition

The competition is held annually for First Year students and was developed and organised by Michael Moynihan  and has been running since 1994. It consists of 15 multiple choice problem solving questions to be answered within a 40 minute period. Since 2021 the competition has been run online and available in both English and as Gaeilge.

Digital versions of  the question from 2011 – 2024 are now available online.  You can copy and paste the links  for use with your own students.

The 2024 competition was undertaken by 15,311 entries from 233 schools across the country. 493 of the entries were completed through Irish. The mean was 34.4% with a standard deviation of 17.9%. Athena Wu from Mt. Anville Secondary School  achieved 100% and a total of 67 students achieved over 84% and were awarded an IMTA engraved trophy. A further 44 students were awarded IMTA medals for achieving over 81%.

The 2023 competition was undertaken by 15,497 students from 219 schools. 392 of the entries were completed through Irish. The average mark was  32% with a standard  deviation of 14.6%. 63 students achieved over 80% and were awarded an IMTA engraved trophy. Two students Zhizan Zhang (Alexandra College) and Hayk Avetisyan (St. Benildus College) achieved 100% in the quiz and were presented with Microsoft Surface Go laptops.

The 2022 competition was undertaken by a total of 15,520 students from 225 schools. This represents 30% of all Secondary Schools in Ireland. 274 students from 13 schools completed the competition through Irish.  A total of 69 students achieved over 90% and were awarded IMTA trophies, and of those 33 achieved 100%. The mean mark was 36.5% with a standard deviation of 15.5%

The 2021 competition was undertaken by a total of 6306 students from 125 schools. 226 students from 7 schools completed the competition through Irish. The mean mark was 32.2% with a standard deviation of 16.1%. A total of 60 students achieved over 75%, and were awarded IMTA trophies. One student, Kai Seino from Mercy Secondary School in Mounthawk, Tralee achieved 100%. Through the kind generosity of Microsoft Ireland, Kai Seino was awarded with a Microsoft Surface Pro for his outstanding efforts. Kai was presented with his prize in April 2021.