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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.

Supervisors can log into the Contest Supervisor Portal to generate and print full colour contest certificates onto blank paper, or to print student names onto the provided certificate templates.

Individual Awards

  • A Certificate of Participation can be printed for each participant.
  • A Certificate of Distinction can be printed for each participant scoring in the top 25% in their school provided at least 4 students from the school participate.
  • For schools with less than 4 participating students, a Certificate of Distinction can be printed for students scoring in the top 25% of all participants.
  • The names of some of the top-scoring participants 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.

Official Participants

Any full-time student may write the Canadian Senior and Intermediate Mathematics Contests but only participants that qualify as "official" are eligible for inclusion on honour rolls and as part of a school's team score.

Participants that write the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest at a school inside Canada are considered an official participant* provided they:

  1. properly complete their Student Information Form,
  2. were born on or after January 1, 2004, and
  3. have been in attendance at an elementary school, secondary school, and/or C…GEP in Canada since January 1, 2022.

Participants that write the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest at a school outside Canada are considered an official participant* provided they:

  1. properly complete their Student Information Form, and
  2. were born on or after January 1, 2004.

All participants that write the Canadian Intermediate Mathematics Contest at schools inside or outside Canada are considered official participants* provided that they are in Grade 10 or below and have properly completed their Student Information Form.

All other participants that do not meet the above criteria are considered unofficial. Unofficial participants will have their papers marked and are still eligible for certificates and medals.

Individual Awards

  • Every participant scoring in the top 25% of all students 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 official participants in Canada appear in zone, provincial and Canadian honour rolls (for regions with at least 30 participating students). The names of some top-scoring unofficial participants at schools in Canada are listed separately.
  • The names of some top-scoring official participants at schools outside of Canada appear in international honour rolls.
  • Each of the top five official participants in Canada receive a Plaque and a 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 participants. Schools have the option of not taking part in the team competition.

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

For schools outside Canada, rankings and team honour rolls are provided.

Admissions and Scholarships

While the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and Euclid Contest are not required for admission to the Faculty of Mathematics, strong performance in either of these can help a student earn admission.

To be eligible for a Faculty of Mathematics entrance scholarship, applicants to our Faculty must write at least one of the CSMC or the Euclid Contest (writing both contests is encouraged), during the school year in which they are applying.

Students who are considered unofficial participants will have their scores communicated to the Admissions and Scholarship Committees.

Disclaimer
* A participantís contest may also be considered unofficial if their contest was received by the CEMC too late to be included in the final results.

Official Participants

Any full-time student may participate in the Canadian Computing Competition but only those that qualify as "official" are eligible to be invited to the Canadian Computing Olympiad (CCO) or be included on the honour roll.

Participants that write the Canadian Computing Competition at a school inside Canada are considered an official participant provided they:

  1. were born on or after July 1, 2003, and
  2. were in attendance at an elementary school, secondary school, and/or C…GEP in Canada from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.

Participants that write the Canadian Computing Competition in a school outside Canada are considered an official participant provided they were born on or after July 1, 2003.

All other participants that do not meet the above criteria are considered unofficial. Unofficial participants are still eligible for certificates.

Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) Awards

  • Every participant scoring in the top 25% of all students receives a Certificate of Distinction.
  • The names of some top-scoring official participants appear in honour rolls for both Junior and Senior competitions.

Canadian Computing Olympiad (CCO) Awards

Approximately 20 of the top CCC Senior students classified as official participants at a school in Canada are invited to the CCO, held at the University of Waterloo.

  • Each CCO participant receives a plaque for gold, silver or bronze standing based on their results in both the CCC and CCO competitions.
  • Each silver medalist receives a $200 prize.
  • Each gold medalist receives a $500 prize.

Note that top-performing Canadian citizens who are attending secondary school outside of Canada may be eligible for invitation to the CCO: please contact us for further details.

Admissions and Scholarships

While the Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) is not an admission requirement to University of Waterloo Math, we encourage students to participate as high marks will be an asset for their admission into the School of Computer Science.

Official Participants

Any full-time student may write a contest but only participants that qualify as "official" are eligible for inclusion on honour rolls and as part of a school's team score. An official participant* is one who meets the requirements below and has properly completed their Student Response Form:

  • The Pascal Contest may be written by any student in Grade 9 or below.
  • The Cayley Contest may be written by any student in Grade 10 or below.
  • The Fermat Contest may be written by any student in Grade 11 or below.

All other participants that do not meet the criteria are considered unofficial. Unofficial participants will have their papers marked and are still eligible for certificates and medals.

Notes:

  1. Some students may be taking mathematics courses beyond their grade level. These students are still eligible to write the contest appropriate to their grade level. For example, a Grade 9 student may be taking a Grade 10 mathematics course. Such a student is eligible to write the Pascal Contest.
  2. Exceptional students may elect to write a contest beyond their actual grade level.

Individual Awards

  • Every participant 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 official participants appear in zone, provincial, Canadian and international honour rolls (for regions with at least 30 participating students).
  • Each of the top five official participants in Canada receives a plaque.
  • For official participants in the Fermat Contest only, each Regional Champion is awarded a prize of $200, at the discretion of the CEMC Executive.

Team Awards

A school's team score consists of the sum of the scores of the three highest scoring official participants. Schools have the option of not taking part in the team competition.

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

For schools outside Canada, rankings and team honour rolls are provided.

Disclaimer
* A participantís contest may also be considered unofficial if it was submitted after the allotted time (for those writing online) or if their contest was received by the CEMC too late to be included in the final results.

Official Participants

Any full-time student may write the Euclid but only participants that qualify as "official" are eligible for inclusion on honour rolls and as part of a school's team score. Participants that write the Euclid Contest at a school inside Canada are considered an official participant* provided they:

  1. properly complete their Student Information Form,
  2. were born on or after January 1, 2004, and
  3. were in attendance at an elementary school, secondary school, and/or C…GEP in Canada from January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022.

Participants that write the Euclid Contest in a school outside Canada are considered an official participant* provided they:

  1. properly complete their Student Information Form, and
  2. were born on or after January 1, 2004.

All other participants that do not meet the above criteria are considered unofficial. Unofficial participants will have their papers marked and are still eligible for certificates and medals.

Individual Awards

  • Every participant scoring in the top 25% of all students 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 official participants in Canada appear in zone, provincial and Canadian honour rolls (for regions with at least 30 participating students). The names of some top-scoring unofficial participants are listed separately.
  • The names of some top-scoring official participants in schools outside of Canada appear in International honour rolls.
  • Each of the top five official participants in Canada receive a Plaque and a prize of $500.
  • Each of the next top ten official participants in Canada receive a prize of $200.

Team Awards

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

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

For schools outside Canada, rankings and team honour rolls are provided.

Admissions and Scholarships

While the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest and Euclid Contest are not required for admission to the Faculty of Mathematics, strong performance in either of these can help a student earn admission.

To be eligible for a Faculty of Mathematics entrance scholarship, applicants to our Faculty must write at least one of the CSMC or the Euclid Contest (writing both contests is encouraged), during the school year in which they are applying.

Students who are considered unofficial participants will have their scores communicated to the Admissions and Scholarship Committees.

Disclaimer
* A participantís contest may also be considered unofficial if their contest was received by the CEMC too late to be included in the final results.

Official Participants

Any full-time student may write a contest but only participants that qualify as "official" are eligible for inclusion on honour rolls and as part of a school's team score. An official participant* is one who meets the requirements below and has properly completed their Student Response Form:

  • The Fryer Contest may be written by any student in Grade 9 or below.
  • The Galois Contest may be written by any student in Grade 10 or below.
  • The Hypatia Contest may be written by any student in Grade 11 or below.

All other participants that do not meet the criteria are considered unofficial. Unofficial participants will have their papers marked and are still eligible for certificates and medals.

Notes:

  1. Some students may be taking mathematics courses beyond their grade level. These students are still eligible to write the contest appropriate to their grade level. For example, a Grade 9 student may be taking a Grade 10 mathematics course. Such a student is eligible to write the Fryer Contest.
  2. Exceptional students may elect to write a contest beyond their actual grade level.

Individual Awards

  • Every participant 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 official participants appear in zone, provincial, Canadian and international honour rolls (for regions with at least 30 participating students).

Team Awards

A school's team score consists of the sum of the scores of the five highest scoring official participants. Schools have the option of not taking part in the team competition.

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

For schools outside Canada, rankings and team honour rolls are provided.

Disclaimer
* A participantís contest may also be considered unofficial if their contest was received by the CEMC too late to be included in the final results.

Individual Awards

  • A Certificate of Participation is provided for each participant.
  • A Certificate of Distinction is provided for each participant scoring in the top 25% of all participants within their own school, for schools with at least 4 participating students.
  • A Certificate of Outstanding Achievement is provided to the highest achieving participant in their school on each of the Grade 7 and 8 Contests, for schools with at least 10 participating students.
  • No participant should receive an award for both the Grade 7 and 8 Contest.
  • The names of some of the top-scoring participants 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.


Disclaimer

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