Contests Dates & Overview

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Math Contests

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Contest Overview


Waterloo Math Contest

Developed by University of Waterloo's Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC), Waterloo Math Contests are also know as Canadian Mathematics Competitions, which consist a series of contests for students from Grade 7 to 12. Each level is named after a mathematician:

  • Grade 7 - 8: Gauss

  • Grade 9 - 11: Pascal, Cayley, Fermat 

  • Grade 9 - 11: Fryer, Galois, Hypatia

  • Grade 12: Euclid

The Grade 12 Euclid Contest is one of the most recognized contest around the world, it is written by over 19,000 students world-wide every year. Good contest performance is useful for university admission and scholarship application. Top 25% of the contestants will be recognized with Certificates of Distinction.

Canadian Senior and intermediate Mathematics Contest

The Canadian Senior and Intermediate Mathematics Contests (CSMC and CIMC) are two contests designed to give students the opportunity to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem solving ability. We strongly recommend students take these contests and/or Euclid when applying to the Mathematics programs at the University of Waterloo. 

  • Grade 9-12: CIMC

  • Grade 11-12: CSMC

You MUST take either CSMC or Euclid when applying for entrance scholarships of UW's Math programs. The best mark will be used when both contests were attempted.

The Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest

A math competition for everyone from Grade 1 to 12. It is divided into six groups according to age, the main purpose is to inspire students' interest in math through a set of challenging and fun math problems

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is Canada's premier national mathematics competition that is open to any student with an interest in high school math. The purpose of the COMC is to encourage students to explore, discover, and learn more about mathematics and problem solving. 

The top 50 students from the COMC will be invited to write the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO). Students who excel in the CMO will have the opportunity to be selected to represent Math Team Canada to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

American Mathematics Competitions

The American Mathematics Competitions are a series of examinations and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students.

  • Grade 7 - 8: AMC8 

  • Grade 9 - 10: AMC 10/12 A 

  • Grade 11 - 12: AMC 10/12 B

Students who perform exceptionally well on the AMC 10/12 will be invited to participate in the AIME contest and eventually the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO).

Sir Isaac Newton Physics Exam

The Sir Isaac Newton (SIN) exam is a test of high school physics and is offered by the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Waterloo to encourage the teaching of physics. 

The exam, although challenging, is meant to be refreshing and fun. Political and other topical humour have marked SIN exams for years. 

Chem 13 News & Avogadro Exam

The Chem 13 News Exam and the Avogadro Exam are challenging online chemistry exams for grade 11 and 12 students. They are offered by University of Waterloo every May. Similar to the Euclid competition, these two competitions are also very popular. The questions are based on grade 11 and 12 chemistry curriculum with some expansion in knowledge. Students are able to get desired results in a relatively short period of time with the right guidance and sufficient practice.

  • Grade 11: Avogadro  

  • Grade 12: Chem 13 News

As the scope of the questions is close to the school curriculum, the test scores reflect the overall chemistry knowledge of the participants very well and thus, these two competitions are widely recognized by top universities. Good placement in the contests will increase the chance of getting admitted to chemistry-related major, accompanied by entrance scholarships.