Mathematical Association of Tasmania

PO Box 5096

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MAT Problem Solving Competition

For more than 40 years, the Mathematical Association of Tasmania has conducted the MAT Problem Solving Competition for Tasmanian students in Years 7 to 12. In 2018, MAT extended the competition to include students in Years 5 and 6. Through this Competition, some outstanding Mathematics students have been identified. For other students, the competition has sparked an interest in Mathematics. The event consists of a set of mathematical problems which aim to test the student’s logic. There are normally 10 - 12 questions for each of the four divisions (Primary - Years 5 & 6; Junior Secondary - Years 7 & 8; Upper Secondary - Years 9 & 10; Senior Secondary - Years 11 & 12) which are undertaken within a two-hour time-frame.

Overall there was a very high standard of scripts in 2019 with the Intermediate division very competitive for placings. The standard was certainly higher than previous years with some excellent approaches. The questions that involved the logic puzzle (men and professions) and the cost of a cake were almost universally answered well but some provided little or no information as to how the solution was found.    
Priyanna Kumrai and Charlie Gregg again placed 1st and 2nd in the Primary Division but in the opposite order to 2018.






2019 Results

PRIMARY (Year 5/6)      
1st Priyanna Kumrai Dominic College
2nd Charlie Gregg Friends School
3rd Ollie Moore Hutchins School
Outstanding Achievement Amy Ma Friends School
Outstanding Achievement Kevin Shen Landsdowne Crescent Primary
JUNIOR (Year 7/8)      
1st William  Rumley Hutchins School
2nd Nye Reeves Marist College
3rd Samuel  Roberts Hutchins School
Outstanding Achievement Caleb Poole LCC
Outstanding Achievement James Bolin Prospect High
INTERMEDIATE  (Year 9/10)    
1st Harry  Furzer Scotch Oakburn College
2nd Miles  Chilcott Launceston Church Grammar
3rd Will Coulson Launceston Church Grammar
Outstanding Achievement Hannah Goss Prospect High
Outstanding Achievement Amy  Byrom Penguin District High
Outstanding Achievement Harry  Breslin Dominic College
SENIOR  (Year 11/12)      
1st Andrew  James LCC
2nd Harry  Swan Launceston Church Grammar
3rd Joe  Wilson Rosny College

2018 Results

          PRIMARY - Years 5 & 6
1st Charlie Gregg The Friends' School
2nd Priyannika Kumrai Dominic College
3rd Penny Tassicker Somerset Primary School
          JUNIOR SECONDARY - Years 7 & 8
1st Oscar Breslin Dominic College
2nd Nicholas Apse Devonport High School
Equal 3rd Natalie Aitken Ogilvie High School
Equal 3rd Caleb Poole Launceston Christian School
          UPPER SECONDARY - Years 9 & 10
1st David James Launceston Christian School
2nd Andrew James Launceston Christian School
Equal 3rd Blake Appleby Dominic College
Equal 3rd Miles Chilcott Launceston Church Grammar School
          SENIOR SECONDARY - Years 11 & 12
1st Marcus Rees Hobart College
2nd Ho Yin Kam Rosny College
3rd Mark Stack Hobart College

The MAT Problem Solving Competition took place on Thursday 22nd March in 2018 at schools around Tasmania. The competition date and price for 2019 is still to be confirmed. If you have further questions, email Brett Stephenson (MAT President and Competition Coordinator) via


2017 Results

1st Oscar Breslin Dominic College
Equal 2nd Harry Breslin Dominic College
Equal 2nd William Coulson Launceston Church Grammar School
Equal 2nd Miles Chilcott Launceston Church Grammar School
1st Harry Swan Launceston Church Grammar School
2nd Blake Appleby Dominic College
Equal 3rd Nikita Lane Dominic College
Equal 3rd Andrew James Launceston Christian School
Equal 3rd Jasmin Poole Launceston Christian School
1st Sophie Burgess Launceston College
2nd Keziah Dilger Rosny College
3rd Molly Deng Launceston College














In 2017, the Mathematics Problem Solving Competition took place on Thursday 30th March and did not contain a Primary (Years 5 - 6) Division.