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Mathematics and Computing Contests

Contest Awards and Recognition


We believe that all students will enjoy and benefit from the experience of preparing for and writing our mathematics contests. Our contests are not examinations. There is no passing or failing grade. Information about how students and schools are awarded for their performance on our mathematics contests is listed below.

Gauss Contest

Individual Awards

  • A Certificate of Participation is provided for each student.
  • A Certificate of Distinction is provided for each student scoring in the top 25% in their school.
  • A Certificate is provided to the highest achieving student in their school on each of the Grade 7 and 8 Contests.
  • No student should receive an award for both the Grade 7 and 8 Contest.
  • The names of some of the top-scoring students among all those writing the contests are posted online.

We also encourage schools and boards to recognize, both internally and externally, students who excel.

Team Awards

There is no team competition for these contests.

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Pascal, Cayley and Fermat Contests

Individual Awards

  • Every student scoring in the top 25% of all competitors receives a Certificate of Distinction.
  • Each School Champion receives a Contest Medal, at the discretion of the CEMC Executive.
  • The names of some top-scoring eligible students appear in zone, provincial, Canadian and international honour rolls.
  • Each of the top five eligible students in Canada receives a Plaque.
  • For eligible students in the Fermat Contest only, each Regional Champion is awarded a cash prize of $200.

Team Awards

A school's team score consists of the sum of the scores of the three highest scoring eligible students. Schools have the option of not participating in the team competition.

For schools in Canada, rankings are provided at three levels: zone, provincial, and national. Canadian schools are also eligible for the Canadian Championship Plaque, Provincial Championship Plaques, and Zone Championship Certificates (in zones with at least four competing teams).

For schools outside Canada, the ranking among all participating schools outside of Canada is provided.

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Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Contests

Individual Awards

  • Every student scoring in the top 25% of all competitors receives a Certificate of Distinction.
  • Each School Champion receives a Contest Medal, at the discretion of the CEMC Executive.
  • The names of some top-scoring eligible students appear in zone, provincial, Canadian and international honour rolls.

Team Awards

A school's team score consists of the sum of the scores of the five highest scoring eligible students. Schools have the option of not participating in the team competition.

For schools in Canada, rankings are provided at three levels: zone, provincial, and national. Canadian schools are also eligible for the Canadian Championship Plaque and Zone Championship Certificates (in zones with at least four competing teams).

For schools outside Canada, the ranking among all participating schools outside of Canada is provided.

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Euclid Contest

Admissions and Scholarships

Every graduating student (Canadian and international) who writes the Euclid Contest is eligible for scholarship consideration by the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo.

Official Contestants

Students that write the Euclid Contest in schools inside Canada are classified as “Canadian School Official” provided they

  1. properly complete their Student Information Form,
  2. were born on or after January 1, 1996, and
  3. were in attendance at an elementary school, secondary school, and/or CÉGEP in Canada from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

All other students that write the Euclid Contest in schools inside Canada are classified as “Canadian School Unofficial”.

Students that write the Euclid Contest in schools outside Canada are classified as “International School Official” provided they

  1. properly complete their Student Information Form, and
  2. were born on or after January 1, 1996.

All other students that write the Euclid Contest in schools outside Canada are classified as “International School Unofficial”.

Individual Awards

  • Every student scoring in the top 25% of all competitors receives a Certificate of Distinction.
  • Each School Champion receives a Contest Medal, at the discretion of the CEMC Executive.
  • The names of some top-scoring Canadian School Official contestants appear in zone, provincial and Canadian honour rolls. The names of some top-scoring Canadian School Unofficial contestants are listed separately.
  • The names of some top-scoring International School Official contestants appear in International honour rolls.
  • Each of the top five Canadian School Official contestants receives a Plaque and a cash prize of $500.
  • Each of the next top ten Canadian School Official contestants receives a cash prize of $200.

Team Awards

A school's team score consists of the sum of the scores of its three highest scoring official contestants. Schools have the option of not participating in the team competition.

For schools in Canada, rankings are provided at three levels: zone, provincial, and national. Canadian schools are also eligible for the Canadian Championship Plaque, Provincial Championship Plaques, and Zone Championship Certificates (in zones with at least four competing teams).

For schools outside Canada, the ranking among all participating schools outside of Canada is provided.

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Canadian Senior and Intermediate Mathematics Contests

Official Contestants

All students that write the Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest at schools inside Canada or outside Canada are classified as “Canadian School Official” and “International School Official”, respectively, provided that they are in Grade 10 or below. All other students that write the Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest at schools inside Canada or outside Canada are classified as “Canadian School Unofficial” and “International School Unofficial”, respectively.

Students that write the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest in schools inside Canada are classified as “Canadian School Official” provided they

  1. properly complete their Student Information Form,
  2. were born on or after January 1, 1996, and
  3. have been in attendance at an elementary school, secondary school, and/or CÉGEP in Canada since January 1, 2014

All other students that write the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest in schools inside Canada are classified as “Canadian School Unofficial”.

Students that write the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest in schools outside Canada are classified as “International School Official” provided they

  1. properly complete their Student Information Form, and
  2. were born on or after January 1, 1996.

All other students that write the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest in schools outside Canada are classified as “International School Unofficial”.

Individual Awards

  • Every student scoring in the top 25% of all competitors receives a Certificate of Distinction.
  • Each School Champion receives a Contest Medal, at the discretion of the CEMC Executive.
  • The names of some top-scoring Canadian School Official contestants appear in zone, provincial and Canadian honour rolls. The names of some top-scoring Canadian School Unofficial contestants are listed separately.
  • The names of some top-scoring International School Official contestants appear in International honour rolls.
  • Each of the top five Canadian School Official contestants receives a Plaque and a cash prize of $300 for the Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest and $500 for the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest.

Team Awards

A school's team score consists of the sum of the scores of its five highest scoring official contestants. Schools have the option of not participating in the team competition.

For schools in Canada, rankings are provided at three levels: zone, provincial, and national. Canadian schools are also eligible for the Canadian Championship Plaque, Provincial Championship Plaques, and Zone Championship Certificates (in zones with at least four competing teams).

For schools outside Canada, the ranking among all participating schools outside of Canada is provided.

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Beaver Computing Challenge

Individual Awards

  • A Certificate of Participation is provided for each student.
  • A Certificate of Distinction is provided for each student scoring in the top 25% in their school.
  • The names of some of the top-scoring students among all those participating in the challenge are posted online.

We also encourage schools and boards to recognize, both internally and externally, students who excel.

Team Awards

There is no team competition for these contests.

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Canadian Computing Competition and Canadian Computing Olympiad

Official Contestants

Students that write the Canadian Computing Competition in schools inside Canada are classified as “Canadian School Official” provided they

  1. properly complete their Student Information Form,
  2. were born on or after July 1, 1995, and
  3. were in attendance at an elementary school, secondary school, and/or CÉGEP in Canada from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

All other students that write the Canadian Computing Competition in schools inside Canada are classified as “Canadian School Unofficial”.

Students that write the Canadian Computing Competition in schools outside Canada are classified as “International School Official” provided they

  1. properly complete their Student Information Form, and
  2. were born on or after July 1, 1995.

All other students that write the Canadian Computing Competition in schools outside Canada are classified as “International School Unofficial”.

Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) Awards

  • Every student scoring in the top 25% of all competitors receives a Certificate of Distinction.
  • The top 2 Junior official contestants and the top 2 Senior official contestants in each region of the country receive a plaque. The regions are:
    • West (BC to Manitoba)
    • Ontario North and East
    • Metro Toronto area
    • Ontario Central and West
    • Quebec and Atlantic

Canadian Computing Olympiad (CCO) Awards

  • Each CCO contestant receives a plaque for gold, silver or bronze standing.
  • Each official silver medalist receives a $200 cash prize.
  • Each official gold medalist receives a $500 cash prize.
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Disclaimer

The CEMC Executive reserves the right to use its discretion when publishing results and awarding prizes to individuals and teams.