The Kangaroo Competition is one of the biggest competitions in more than 70 countries around the world attended by about 6 million students. In the early 80's, Peter O'Halloran a math teacher at Sydney, invented a new kind of game in Australian schools: a multiple choice questionnaire, corrected by computer, which meant that thousands of students could participate at the same time. It was a tremendous success for the Australian Mathematical National Contest.
In 1991, two French teachers decided to start the competition in France under the name "Kangaroo". In the first edition, 120 000 juniors took part. Ever since the competition has been opened to students as well as to senior students, followed by 21 European countries forming altogether "Kangaroo without borders".
In 1995, the organization was officially registered in Paris, a board was elected with legal Statute. The number of countries joining the contest increased including countries from Asia, Africa and South America. About 6 million students are now participating in the competition globally.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by King Abdulaziz & His Companions Foundation for Giftedness & Creativity “Mawhiba”, applied to join the organization officially in 2016 and the Kingdom's accession to the "Kangaroo Math Contest” organization was unanimously approved in the last meeting held in Ukraine in October 2016.
- Encouraging students to master knowledge in mathematics.
- Developing mathematical skills and ability to solve mathematical questions.
- Applying mathematical concepts and relating them to their daily lives.
- Providing a stimulating and enjoyable learning environment for teaching mathematics.
- Enhancing the importance of learning mathematics for general education students.
The competition questions are appropriate for the students' age, interesting and challenging. Questions are chosen by the International Math Kangaroo Committee and they are based on a multi-choice questions.
The student can have the test in Arabic or English. Participants are divided according to their classes as follows:
|Grade|| Number of Questions || Competition Time in Minutes|
|3rd and 4th Grades||24||90|
|5th and 6th Grades||30||90|
|7th and 8th Grades||30||90|
|9th and 10th Grades||30||90|
|11th and 12th Grades||30||90|
It is an international, once a year event, always on the mid of March.
General information about the contest
- Competition for Saudi and non-Saudi students.
- Math Kangaroo Competition is an international, once a year event, always on the mid of March.
- The student can choose the appropriate language to have the test: Arabic or English.
- Registration fee is SR 40 (paid through SADAD account).
For more informaton and registration go to website:
Association Kangourou sans Frontières: "Kangaroo Without boarders"