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Information for Math Contest Managers

Thank you

We are grateful to all of the teachers and administrators in schools that provide their students these opportunities to enjoy and challenge themselves.


After registering your school for the Gauss, PCF, FGH, Euclid or CSIMC, you will be mailed contest papers and forms in advance of the contest. The following information may answer questions that you have before receiving detailed instructions as part of the mailed package.

Arranging for students to write the contest

  • Note the grades corresponding to each contest. More information about the intended audience is available on individual contest pages.
  • Students working ahead one or more grades may choose to write the contest for the more advanced grade. However, a student may write at most one of the Gauss Contests, and at most one of the Pascal, Cayley and Fermat Contests, and at most one of the Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Contests, and at most one of the Canadian Intermediate Math Contest and Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest.
  • Students in high school are encouraged to write one of our contests in November and at least one in April as well as one of our contests in February.
  • A contest may never be written prior to the official contest date. We will do our best to arrange alternate dates for serious school-wide conflicts. Please contact us if you wish to arrange this.
  • If there are students with special needs writing at your school, please contact us.

Before the contest

  • For all but the Gauss Contests, ensure students carefully fill out the Student Information Forms. This can be done before the day of the contest or on the same day just before the contest is written.
  • If necessary, follow the instructions to accommodate a larger than expected number of students wishing to write the contest. Please note that extra fees may apply.
  • Distribute the contest materials and encourage careful reading of the student instructions.

During the contest

  • Some calculators are permitted.
  • Students may use paper dictionaries for translation between English and another language. Students may not use electronic translation devices.
  • Students are allowed to use rough paper, graph paper, rulers and compasses.
  • Put forth a “best effort” to maintain the integrity of the contest. For example, try to prevent communication between participants and ensure students work individually.

After the contest

For the Gauss Contests, submit results and generate certificates. For other contests:

  • Check that all forms have been filled out accurately and correctly inserted into the appropriate booklet.
  • Immediately mail all required papers to the CEMC office.
  • Encourage students to keep their question papers, discuss answers and look up solutions when available online.