Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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What is the Kangaroo Mathematics Contest?
The Kangaroo Mathematics Contest is an annual International Mathematics Contest, designed for all school students between 7-19 years of age.
What is the official name of this contest?
The official name of Kangaroo Maths is “Kangourou sans Frontières” or "KSF" for short.
Why is it called after an Australian marsupial?
The name was adopted as a tribute to Dr. Peter O' Holloran (1931-1994) a Mathematics teacher from Sydney, Australia or Irish decent, 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 students 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 2014 over 6 million students took part in KSF worldwide.
What is the Irish KSF called?
The Irish branch of the international KSF organisation is officially called “Kangourou sans Frontières Irlande” . It is also called Kangaroo Maths Ireland
Who started the Kangaroo Ireland?
Dr. Mark Flanagan and Dr. Michael A. Cotter participated in the KSF International Workshop in Edinburgh in 2013, and on their return established Kangaroo Maths Ireland. The also attended the 2014 Workshop
Who can take part in Kangaroo Maths Ireland?
Irish students from all 32 counties may take part in Kangaroo Maths Ireland. 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 Kangaroo Maths Ireland?
The aims of Kangaroo Maths Ireland are the promotion of Mathematics among young Irish students and the identification and encouragement of students with a talent in mathematics. Kangaroo Maths Ireland is designed to get Irish students excited about Mathematics.
How can an Irish student take part?
Kangaroo Ireland is run by a teachers who are registered as a Kangaroo Coordinator Teachers (KCT). Irish students can only take part through their school.
How does a school organise participation by its students?
A school organises participation in Kangaroo 2015 by first appointing a Kangaroo Coordinating Teacher (KCT).
Can an individual student register?
Individual students cannot register themselves independently. Each student must be registered by a KCT.
How does a School know that the registration has been successful?
The KCT will have their registration confirmed and approved by email.
Who will create the Coordinator's Username and Password?
The Kangaroo IT System will create the unique Username and Password.
How is the student Username and Password generated?
The Kangaroo IT system will generate each student's unique Username and Password.
Can a school have more than one KCT?
Yes. A school may have more that one KCT.
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 Irish Kangaroo Contest take place?
During the week 23 - 27 March, 2015.
What is the format?
It is an MCQ consisting of a number of questions, grouped under three levels of difficulty: Easy, Medium, Hard.
Are calculators allowed during the contest?
The use of calculators, pens, paper etc during the contest is permitted.
Is there negative marking?
No. Note however that an unanswered question is awarded 1 point, whereas a wrongly answered question is awarded Zero points - so it is not a good idea to guess the answers.
What is the maximum score?
The maximum score at Levels 1-3 is 75 points and at Levels 4-6 is 90 points.
What is the registration deadline?
The registration deadline is 16 March 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.
Is it possible to see some past or sample questions?
Yes. Click on the tab “Sample Questions” tab on this website.
How will students get their results?
The KCT may access the results for all the school students in their school on a secure School Kangaroo Webpage from 6 April 2015. A student may access their own results only
What will students get in addition to their results?
Each student will receive a specially designed high quality 2015 Kangaroo Ireland Certificate. This will include the student’s name, school attended, contest level taken, and score achieved.