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Canadian Team Mathematics Contest

Collage of students participating in Canadian Team Mathematics Contest

The Canadian Team Mathematics Contest (CTMC) is an exciting and challenging competition where students work in teams to flex their mathematical problem-solving skills through fun and engaging activities. Unique to this contest, schools have the opportunity to be selected to participate “officially” with the University of Waterloo (UW) or to host the contest “unofficially” within their own school.

Audience

  • Teams of 6 secondary school students in any combination of grades.
  • At least half of the problems in the individual event portion, and many problems in the team event portion, are accessible to students in Grade 9 or 10.

Date

  • For schools participating in the official UW event, the contest is scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 7, 2022. See the official date and deadline for the current year.
  • For schools participating unofficially within their own school, the contest can be organized on or after Friday, April 8, 2022.
  • Contest questions and full solutions are posted online free of charge in mid-June.

Format

  • Team questions, where team members may collaborate (45 min)
  • Individual problems (45 min)
  • Math relays — one student's answer to a question is needed by a teammate to solve the next question (45 min)
  • There are no calculators allowed during the team event. Some calculators are permitted during the individual and relay events.

Visit CTMC Reference Information to learn more about what’s involved in hosting and supervising the CTMC. Please note that the CTMC is currently only available in English.

Mathematical Content

The curriculum and level of difficulty of the questions will vary. Junior students will be able to make significant contributions, but teams without any senior students may have difficulty completing all the problems. We recommend that students spend some time preparing for our contests by trying to solve problems or reviewing past contests.

Contest Participation

Official UW Event:

  • Teams from Canadian schools can register for a lottery to participate in person or virtually in the event hosted by the CEMC.
  • Registration for the CTMC lottery will open in early November 2021 and will close on Thursday, November 25, 2021.
  • A team is comprised of six students and one teacher. There is a limit of one team per school.
  • Visit CTMC Reference Information to learn more about what’s involved in participating in the official UW event.

Proof of Vaccination

The University of Waterloo requires that all community members, including visitors, provide proof of vaccination before coming to campus. Schools that have been selected to participate on campus will be asked to submit proof of vaccination for all in-person participants prior to the contest date.

Unofficial Events:

  • To access the contest materials to host an unofficial event, schools can place their order by logging into our Contest Supervisor Portal and navigating to Order Contests.
  • Instructions and contest materials will be made available on Friday, April 8, 2022, at 9:00am EDT in the Contest Material Repository of the Contest Supervisor Portal.
  • As many teams of six students as desired may write the contest. The event is designed to be run either in person or virtually with no need for participants to be in the same physical location.
  • The unofficial event takes approximately three hours to complete.
  • Visit CTMC Reference Information to learn more about what’s involved in hosting and supervising an unofficial event.

Results and Recognition

Contest Supervisors can log into our Contest Supervisor Portal to generate certificates for their students.

Next Steps

To learn more about our contests, follow the links below:

Get in Touch

Questions? We invite you to contact us.