What is Kenken?

Kenken is a grid-based numerical puzzle that uses the basic math operations—addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division—while also challenging your logic and problem-solving skills. By altering the size of a KENKEN grid, from 3 x 3 up to 9 x 9, and employing different combinations of the math operations, five different difficulty levels can be generated, and a seemingly endless number of puzzles.

What Does the word Kenken Mean?

“Ken” means “Wisdom” in Japanese, so KenKen is “Wisdom Squared”.

What are the Benefits of Kenken?

  • Kenken is a brain stimulating exercise which improves cognitive abilities
  • Helps develop logical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Helps develop concentration and perseverance
  • Improves numeracy skills
  • Encourages independent thinking

Is Kenken approved by any Authority?

It is recognized by NCTM (The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, USA), world’s largest mathematics education organization, as a powerful tool to build reasoning skills, problem solving aptitude, perseverance and stamina in kids.

About KIC 2016

What is Kenken International Championship?

The Kenken International Championship is the world’s biggest Mathematical Puzzle Championship, which will be held at New York this year- 2017.

Why Should my child participate in this championship?

The unique global exposure, interaction with other participants from around the globe and the skills fostered through this competition will help students in their everyday lives, far beyond their usual math class.

Who Can Participate in this Championship?

Any student from grade 3-12/year 4 to 13; who loves challenges and fun can participate.

My child is already great in Math. Why should he join this championship?

Kenken is a brain stimulating puzzle. It will help your child to critically analyze and strategize each move while enhancing your child’s logical thinking and problem-solving skills. It instills a sense of self-confidence and perseverance. Moreover, it’s fun!

My Child is not good with Math, should I still get him join this competition?

Absolutely! Kenken is not just about math, it would help your child’s overall development while enhancing problem solving skills, imparting independent thinking and instills a sense of self-confidence and perseverance. Moreover, it’s fun!

About Exam Details & Preparation

How Should I prepare for the championship?

  • Registered students will get preparatory material of 150 kenken puzzles.
  • Students can download free app from kenken official website and play unlimited kenken puzzles.
  • Students can also play kenken at Nytimes website too.

Dates of Competition?

School Level: Till July 2017

National Level: October 2017

International Level: 18th December 2017

Venue for the exam?

School Level: It will be conducted at your school

Qatar  National level: Participants will be informed about the same 30 days prior to the exam through email.

Duration of the exam?

30 Minutes

What are the rules for the championship?

How many puzzles will be there in the exam?

There will be 6 puzzles of different sizes and difficulty levels depending on the grade/year participants belong to.

What sizes and difficulty levels of puzzles I can expect in my exams?

Participants will be given 6 puzzles. Details can be downloaded from here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_m001hNZZEaQktkY25CSDNPclE/view?usp=sharing

What will be mode of exam, pen-paper, iPad, computer at different levels.

Pen-Paper except for the Champion of Champions level. This round will take place on whiteboard.

Selections & Results

How do you assess select students/what is the selection criteria?

Selection would be on the basis of the score students achieve. Puzzles of different sizes have different scores. Details can be downloaded from here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_m001hNZZEaQktkY25CSDNPclE/view?usp=sharing

How many exams a student have to take to make it to the International Level?

Two levels. School,  and National Levels

How will we know the results?

You will be updated via an email which would be sent to the registered email id.

What is the selection criteria?

School Level: Top 30 to 50 % of the participants will be selected at this level for the Qatar National level competition.

Qatar National Level: 1 Topper (total 3 participants) from each grade/year will be selected for the international round.

International Level: There will be one champion of champions and each category champions in this round.

Rewards & Recognition

Will my kid get any participatory certificate?

Yes, All the participants will be issued one of the four certificates (Certificate of Participation, Certificate of Recognition, Certificate of Achievement and Certificate of Excellence) depending on the performance of the participant in the championship.

What are the Rewards & Recognition at different stages of this Championship?

School Level: Winners will receive Certificate of Recognition, Bronze Medals.

Qatar National Level: All expense paid trip to New York*. You will also receive a Trophy, Gold Medal, School Trophy along with the “Certificate of Excellence”.

* Visa needs to be provided by the parents

Does this Championship offer any Cash Prizes and/or Goodies?

Yes, Total Worth Q.R 100,000 of Cash Prizes and Goodies will be rewarded to the winners at different stages of this Championship.

Regarding New York Trip

Who will bear the cost of Visit to New York?

Top 3 winners (1 Topper from each grade from 3-12/year 4-13) will represent Qatar at KIC 2017 in New York. All the expenses will be borne by UCMAS Qatar . Note: Visa needs to be provided by the parents only.

Any legal requirements parents have to fulfill to send the selected students to New York.

USA Visa

How many students will go to New York?

One topper from each Year 4 to 13/grade 3 to 12

Can parents go to New York with the selected students?

Yes, Parents are more than welcome however in that case, Parents will have to bear their own expenses. If parents want their child to stay with them then, UCMAS Qatar will bear only travel expenses of the child.

Regarding Registration

How can I register for this?

Fill out the registration form given to you at school or register online at www.kenkenqatar.com/register

How do I get my Unique Registration ID?

Once you fill the necessary information, your registration id will be emailed to you within 7 working days from the day you register online or we collect the forms from your school.

Are there any additional costs apart from the registration fees?

No. However, You will have to bear the USA Visa fees.

Will I have to pay again for different levels for example national and international etc.?


What is the fees to participate in this Competition?

Q.R 150 only. No other fees will be charged at any level.