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    how do you do well in the uk imc

    ok, this may seem slightly sad but here's one of the main things that has annoyed me for the past 2 years- while i do well in school subjects with little effort, i always mess up the maths challenges(one hour papers of 25 problem solving questions)- in my junior and first intermediate one, i have come out with only silver certificates. the fact that i come out with this after doing well in school subjects makes me feel like a try hard idiot-school performance is determined mainly by effort i feel while these challenges are far more of a reflection of ability.
    that said, i was still wondering if anybody had any tips on how i could get a gold award in the intermediate challenge i am doing in a month
    i would like any tips you have to offer e.g. past paper resources, questions that come up often, useful formulae to know for it which aren't taught at int2/ standard grade/gcse level,
    i am sitting it on the friday after the official testing day listed on ukmt website
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    Hi mathslover,

    Same here, I find that I do worse in math competitions than in math tests, but ever since I actually committed to doing well in them, I find that my confidence has risen remarkably.

    Do lots of problems, identify your weaknesses, and practice them.

    Visit these sites, they have practice papers and problem sets:
    MATHCOUNTS DRILLS
    Jifted Land: MathCounts
    ProblemSets
    Melbourne University/BHP Billiton Maths Competition

    I also uploaded some Australian MC papers, if you want to give them a go:
    Australian Maths Competition Papers
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    thanks so much, these sites look great
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