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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

All questions should be emailed to Dr. Michael A. Cotter ( emailing a question, please check that your question has not already been answered in the FAQ section. All email enquiries will be responded to ASAP and the questions and answers will be published here .

What is Kangaroo Maths? 

Kangaroo Maths is the colloquial or slang term for the Annual International MCQ Mathematics Contest .

What is the official name?

The official name of Kangaroo Maths is “Kangourou sans Frontières”  or "KSF" for short.

Why is it called after an Australian animal?

The name was adopted as a tribute to Dr. Peter O'Holloran, a Mathematics teacher from Sydney, Australia who pioneered this Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ) in the early 1980s to promote Mathematics in Australian schools. 

How did it get the French name “Kangourou sans Frontières”?

Two French teachers, Dr. André Deledicq and Dr. Jean Pierre Boudine ran a similar Mathematics contest in France, in 1991, under the name "Kangaroo without Borders" (Kangourou sans Frontières or KSF) in recognition of the work of Dr. Peter O'Holloran.

What age groups take part in KSF?

KSF is aimed at young people aged 7-18 years.

How many age levels are there?

There are 6 age levels : 7-8 years of age (Level 1); 9-10 years of age (Level 2); 11-12 years of age (Level 3); 13-14 years of age (Level 4); 15-16 years of age (Level 5) and 17-18 years of age (Level 6).

How many students take part each year?

The number has increased annually. In 2013 over 6 million students took part in KSF worldwide.

How many Irish Students took part?

Irish students will take part for the first time in 2014.

What is the Irish KSF called?

It is officially called "KSF-IE" or “Kangourou sans Frontières Irlande” .

Who started KSF-IE?

Dr. Michael A. Cotter and Dr. Mark Flanagan participated in the KSF International Workshop in Edinburgh, in 2013 and on their return established KSF-IE.

Who can take part in KSF-IE?

Irish students from all 32 counties may take part in KSF-IE. It is open to all students in first and second level schools in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland.

What are the aims of KSF-IE? 

The aims of KSF-IE are the promotion of Mathematics among young Irish students and the identification and encouragement of students with a talent in mathematics. KSF-IE is designed to get Irish students excited about Mathematics.

How can an Irish student take part? 

This is a school-based or home based contest. Irish students can take part through their school or they can be registered by a parent/guardian.

How does a school organise participation by its students? 

A school organises participation in KSF-IE via a Coordinating Teacher.

How does a parent/guardian organise participation by a student? 

A parent/guardian must first register with KSF-IE and then follow the contest guidelines.

Can an individual student register? 

Individual students cannot register themselves independently.

How does a School or Parent/Guardian know that the registration has been successful?

The Coordinating Teacher and Parent/Guardian will have their registration confirmed and approved by email.

Who will create the KSF-IE Coordinator's Username and Password?

The KSF-IE Coordinator will create his/her own Username and Password.

How is the student Username and Password generated?

The KSF-IE Coordinator will generate each student's Username and Password.

Can a school have more than one KSF-IE Coordinating Teacher? 

No. A school may have only one KSF-IE Coordinating teacher.  

Can a primary school student compete at two levels? 

No. A primary school student may only compete at one level.

Can a second level student compete at two levels? 

No. A second level student may only compete at one level.

When will the KSF-IE take place? 

During the week 7th - 11th April, 2014.

What is the format? 

It is an MCQ consisting of a number of questions, grouped under three levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium, Hard.

Is there negative marking? 

Yes. Minus points are applied at each level for each incorrect answer.

Could a student get a minus total score? 

No. Each student receives bonus points at the start. Thus, even if a student gets every answer incorrect (which is highly unlikely), he/she will receive ZERO points.

What is the maximum score

The maximum score at Levels 1-3 is 80 points and at Levels 4-6 is 96 points.

What is the registration deadline? 

The deadline is 4th April at 17.30. 

Is there a limit to the number of students a school may register? 

No. There is no limit to the number of students a school may register.

What is the Registration Fee? 

There is no registration fee in 2014.

Is it possible to see some past or sample questions? 

Yes. Click on the tab “Sample Questions” on this website.

How will students get their results? 

The Coordinating Teacher or Parent/Guardian may access the Results on a secure KSF-IE page approximately three weeks after the conclusion of the contest.

What will students get in addition to their results? 

Each student will receive a specially designed 2014 KSF-IE Certificate. This will include the student’s name, school attended and level achieved.