Benefits and Challenges of Writing Math Contests

There a number of benefits of writing Math contests (or other contest for that matter). Some of these benefits are outlined below:

  • The major benefit of having your child participate in a contest is that it causes them to put focused attention on the topic and thus reap the associated benefits. Devoting time and effort to a subject allows your child to become more competent in the material.
  • Contests stimulate your child’s interest in the topic.
  • Math contests encourage your child to value intellectual pursuits.
  • Contests help prepare your child for life to come. Much of our society is competitive in nature, for example, competing for jobs, university placements, resources, etc. Competition teaches your child to deal with success and failure, and the pressures of competition.

There are however also some challenges that you should be aware of when considering a contest for your child:

  • The quality of the contest. Look into whether the contest is reputable and well designed. A good contest focuses on the ability to think about and solve complex problems.
  • Another factor to consider is your child’s ability and the level of the contest. While contest can provide a target for improvement, content that is well beyond the child’s ability can be demotivating and discouraging. Keep in mind however, that contests are designed to be challenging to allow top students to be identified. So seemingly low scores may actually place your child in comparatively high percentiles worldwide.
  • Lastly, students may ‘label’ their abilities based on results of contests. This can cause them to become complacent or demotivated. It is important to remind your child that learning is an ongoing process.

When practicing for contests, remember to keep the environment fun and motivating!



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The Caribou Mathematics Competition is a world wide online contest that is held six times throughout the school year. Each of these days, five contests are offered, one for each of the grade levels 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 and each one in English, French and Persian.

The goals of this project are to:

  • To improve student’s problem solving techniques by providing a wide variety of challenging math activities suitable for all students in grades 3-12.
  • Motivate students to get back to their school math when a question needed a technique or formula which they did not remember.
  • Show that mathematical puzzles can be fun and that competing in math contests with interactive questions is exciting.

Cash prizes are given out to the top performing students and schools in the Caribou Cup. Additionally, contest and Caribou Cup certificates can be printed after each test is marked.

Students are given 60 min to complete the test.

Date Grades
Oct 17, 2018, 9:00-10:00 AM 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12
Nov 14, 2018, 9:00-10:00 AM 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12
Jan 16, 2019, 9:00-10:00 AM 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12
Feb 13, 2019, 9:00-10:00 AM 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12
Apr 3, 2019, 9:00-10:00 AM 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12
May 1, 2019, 9:00-10:00 AM 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12

Contest Price: $30/single test, or $15/test for all tests

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Prepared by the Mathematics Contest Center, which prepares some of the top mathematics competitions in North America, the Mathematica Centrum offers the following contests to students in Grades 3-9.

  • Thales (Grade 3, 45 min)
  • Byron-Germain (Grade 4, 45 min)
  • Fibonacci (Grade 5, 50 min)
  • Pythagoras (Grade 6, 75 min)
  • Euler (Grade 7, 75 min)
  • Lagrange (Grade 8, 75 min)
  • Newton (Grade 9, 75 min)
Date Grades
 April 17, 2019, 9:00 -10:15 AM 3 – 9

Contest Price: $50/test

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The Math League Contest is a highly regarded contest formed in 1977 by two award winning mathematicians.

The following contests are offered to students in Grades 3-9.

  • Grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • High School
  • Algebra Course 1 (High School)
Date Grades
Oct 16, 2018, 9:00-9:30 AM
Nov 13, 2018, 9:00-9:30 AM
Dec 11, 2018, 9:00-9:30 AM
Jan 8, 2019, 9:00-9:30 AM
Feb 12, 2019, 9:00-9:30 AM
Mar 19, 2019, 9:00-9:30 AM
High School
Feb 26, 2019, 9:00-9:30 AM Grade 6, 7, 8
Apr 24, 2019, 9:00-9:30 AM Grade 4, 5, Algebra 1

Contest Price: $30/single test, or $15/test for 6 High School tests

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The University of Waterloo develops and administers many internationally recognized contests to help to inspire the next generation of students to develop an interest in and love for mathematics.

Date Grades
CSMC/CIMC: Nov 21, 2018, 9:00-11:00 AM Up to Grade 12
Pascal (G9), Cayley (G10), Fermatt (G11): Feb 26, 2019, 9:00-10:00 AM Grade 9, 10, 11
Fryer (G9), Galois (G10), Hypatia (G11): Apr 10, 2019, 9:00-10:15 AM Grade 9, 10, 11
Gauss (G7/8): May 15, 2019, 9:00-10:00 AM Grade 7, 8

Contest Price: $30/ test

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Also developed and administered by the University of Waterloo, the Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC) introduces computer science to students. It is designed to get students with little or no previous experience excited about computing.

Date Grades
Nov 14, 2018, 8:00-8:045AM Grade 5-10

Contest Price: $30/ test

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