Skip to the content of the web site.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ Banner
  1. Where can I obtain more information about the contests?
  2. What is a School Number and Password?
  3. I am a Teacher interested in registering my students for some of the contests. How do I register for any/all contests except for the CTMC?
  4. Can I view my order?
  5. Can I make a change to my order?
  6. Can I make photocopies?
  7. When should I expect my contests to arrive? Can I track my order?
  8. My child is home-schooled. Is he/she still eligible to write the contests?
  9. I am a student. Can I register for your contests as an individual?
  10. When will Contest Results be available?
  11. When are the Contest Results booklet and solutions available and where can I find them?
  12. Where can I see the cut-off marks for various awards and view the averages for the recent contests?
  13. How can I access my school results from previous years, or the results of a specific student?
  14. What resources are available to prepare me for the contests?
  15. Why should I write your contests?
  16. I am a Teacher interested in registering my students for the CTMC. How do I register for the CTMC?
  17. How can I access contest results and print more contest certificates?
  18. How do I order your books?
  19. Where can I access the CEMC Online Ordering Terms and Conditions information?

  1. Where can I obtain more information about the contests?

    Information for each contest is available on the individual contest pages on our website. The list of our contests can be found by clicking “Mathematics and Computing Contests” on the left-hand menu of our homepage.

  2. Back to Top

  3. What is a School Number and Password?

    The Teacher organizing the contest requires the confidential School Number and Password assigned to the school to place orders online. Also, the School Number and Password are required for access to student results after the contest is marked. The School Number and Password are E-mailed each September to the Head of Math of each school that has previously registered for our contests.

    If you did not receive or cannot find your confidential School Number and Password, please do not fill out a New School Application Form. If you are the Head of Math contact, you can retrieve your school number and password by submitting your email address in our “Login Help page”. If you are still unable to retrieve your login information, we ask that you contact us by email or call (519) 888-4808 to retrieve this information.

    Please note: the School Number and Password are confidential and must not be given to any students or parents. Only teachers managing contests for the entire school should have access to the School Number and Password.

    If your school is participating in our contests for the first time, please fill out the New School Application Form. It may take approximately 5 days to process the application before you receive the login details needed to order any contests. Please keep this in mind.

  4. Back to Top

  5. I am a Teacher interested in registering my students for some of the contests. How do I register for any/all contests except for the CTMC?

    As a Teacher, you can register for our contests online. Only Teachers/Principals can register for contests. Once you order a contest, you cannot modify/edit the order once it reaches the “Processed” status.

    You must have the confidential School Number and Password to order contests. If you are the Head of Math and do not know your School Number and Password, please refer to question #2.

    A brief order description is listed below. A step by step order description with photos is also available.

    • Click on “Mathematics and Computing Contests” on the left-hand menu of our homepage.
    • Click on “Registration” (left-hand menu below “Mathematics and Computing Contests”).
    • Click the “Contest Registration” button in the middle of the page.
    • Please note: If you do not know your school number and password, click the “Forgot or Don’t Know Login Information” button and follow the prompts.
    • Enter the confidential School Number and Password assigned to your school.
    • Click the “Login/Ouvrir une session” button.
    • Review and update your school information. Please ensure you have entered an Accounts Payable (AP) email address for your school, different from the Head of Math contact. The Accounts Payable contact is the person who handles the finances/invoices at your school. Confirm/update the contact information for the Principal, Head of Math, Head of Math e-mail, the Head of Computer Science and Head of Computer Science e-mail. Once the information has been correctly changed, click the “Update and Order Contests” button at the bottom of the page. Some of the other school information cannot be changed online. To make any other changes you can either email or call our office at (519) 888-4808.
    • In the top portion of the next screen, you will see a list of the contests that are currently open for registration. Click the link for the contest you wish to order, under the “Register for a contest” heading.
    • Please note: Any existing current contest orders that you have will be listed in the chart underneath, along with the status of your current orders, the date of the order, and other order information.
    • You will be brought to the “Contest Registration” page, specific to the contest you are wishing to register for. Enter the Contest Manager’s first name, last name and e-mail address in the spaces provided. This is the Teacher that will facilitate this contest at your school.
    • Select the payment method from the drop-down menu. The options are: Credit Card, Invoice, or Purchase Order.
      Please note the following information for each payment method option:
      • Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, and American Express payments are processed by Bambora. Bambora is a secure order processing and online payment facility.
      • Invoice: Once your order has been shipped, invoices are sent by the University of Waterloo Finance Department, not the CEMC. Please wait for your invoice to arrive before you make payment, as the invoice contains information that you will need in order to satisfy your payment.
      • Purchase Order: You will be immediately prompted to enter a Purchase Order (PO) Number. Please select whether or not this PO will be “Bill to School” or “Bill to Board”. If you select “Bill to Board” and we do not have your school board on file, you will be directed to contact us (have your school board address available) so that we can add it to our database. Once we add your school board, you will have to restart your contest registration.
    • Enter the number of contests you would like in each language (“English” or “French”) in the empty boxes within the provided chart.
    • Please note: If you are registering for the Gauss or Beaver Computing Contest (BCC), you must order a minimum of 10 contests, whether or not you use all 10.
    • Indicate whether or not you are ordering for more than one school (select “Yes” or “No”). Select whether the school is predominantly an English School or a French School.
    • Click the “Next” button when you are finished. If you click “Go Back”, your data will not be saved and you will be taken back to the previous page with the list of contests currently open for registration.
    • The next page is the “Contest Order Confirmation” page, where you must confirm the information in the chart to be accurate and correct. Please read the information underneath the chart, and confirm that you have both read and accepted the CEMC Policies and Conditions. The CEMC does not offer refunds, returns or cancellations of any kind at this time. Click the “Edit” button if you need to make any changes.
      • If you are paying by Purchase Order or Invoice, your order will be submitted when you click “Confirm”. Please do NOT click the “Back” button.
      • If you are paying by Credit Card, clicking the “Confirm and Make Credit Card Payment” button will bring you to a secure webpage to enter your credit card information.
    • Click the “Confirm” button (if you are paying by purchase order or invoice) or the “Confirm and Make Credit Card Payment” button if you are paying by credit card. If paying by credit card, enter your credit card information on the secure webpage and click “Submit Payment” (if you exit the credit card screen before you click “Submit Payment”, your order will not be saved or placed and you will have to start over next time you log in).
    • If your order was successful: After you have confirmed/submitted your contest order, you are directed to a webpage that says your order has been successfully received. If you paid by credit card, it will say that your credit card transaction has been approved. If you are not redirected to this webpage, please log in again and review your “Current Orders”. If you do not see your order listed in the “Current Orders” chart, your contest order may have been unsuccessful. Please contact us by email or call 519-888-4808 for direction.
    • If your credit card was declined: You will see an error message on your screen that will say: “Your credit card has been declined and your web browser session is expired. Please click OK to login again”. Click the “OK” button, and you will be redirected to the login again and re-submit your order.
    • Schools will be E-mailed with a tracking number once contest materials have been shipped. The tracking number will also be shown in your “Current Orders” chart when you log in. 
    • Please refer to FAQ #5 if you would like information on your order status or modifying your order.

    Please Note: You cannot place a new order for a particular contest that has already been ordered by your school. You must add to the original order. To do this, you can “Edit” or “Delete” any previous orders as long as they have not been paid, invoiced or are in the process of being shipped. If your order is applicable for editing or deleting, there will be a link provided in the Status/Modify section of your “Current Orders” chart, upon login.

    If you have any questions regarding your contest order or wish to change your order after it has been paid, invoiced, processed, or is in the process of being shipped, please email or call (519) 888-4808.

    Please do not delete an order that was placed by someone else at your school because he/she will not receive their original order.

  6. Back to Top

  7. Can I view my order?

    We encourage Teachers to log onto the website to view contest orders, using their confidential School Number and Password:

    • Open the “Contest Registration” page by clicking on “Mathematics and Computing Contests” in the left-hand menu then on “Registration”.
    • Click the “Contest Registration” button located in the middle of the page.
    • Enter your School Number and Password and click “Login”.
    • Click “Update and Order Contests” on the bottom and you will see your contest order(s) located in the chart labelled Current Orders.
  8. Back to Top

  9. Can I make a change to my order?

    There is a very brief period of time during which you can change your order. You can login, click the “Update and Order Contests” button and view your order status under the “Current Orders” chart. If your order is applicable for editing or deleting, there will be a link provided in the Status/Modify section of your “Current Orders” chart, upon login. You can also contact us for questions regarding this.

    If your order has already been paid, invoiced, processed, or in the process of being shipped, you will be unable to modify your order online. Please email, or call our office at (519) 888-4808.

  10. Back to Top

  11. Can I make photocopies?

    If you have received your contests and you require fewer than five additional contest papers, please carefully read the instructions enclosed with your contest package and make photocopies. For all the contests except the Gauss Contest, the cost for photocopies is 1.5 times the original contest cost and payment must be included with the completed contests when you return them for marking. Photocopies are not allowed for the Gauss Contest. If you require additional Gauss Contests, the cost is still the regular price. Please email, or call our office at (519) 888-4808 to adjust your order.

  12. Back to Top

  13. When should I expect my contests to arrive? Can I track my order?

    A “Date shipped” and tracking information is posted in our ordering system once we ship the order. We will also email you the tracking information once it’s available. We encourage you to login with your school number and password, view your “Current Orders” and track your shipment.

    We begin shipping contest materials approximately four to eight weeks prior to the official contest date. If schools have not received their contest materials two weeks prior to contest date, please track the order online and, if necessary, contact our office by email, or call (519) 888-4808.

    * We ask that schools monitor their own package tracking status to ensure safe delivery.

  14. Back to Top

  15. My child is home-schooled. Is he/she still eligible to write the contests?

    Parents of home-schooled children should contact us by email.

    Back to Top

  16. I am a student. Can I register for your contests as an individual?

    In 2020/2021, we are more flexible in our acceptance of registrations coming from Home Schools, students learning remotely, and individuals. If your school is not participating in our contests this year, we welcome individual participation by submitting a New Individual/Remote Learner/Home School Application form. Please note that at this point, those that register this way rather than through a traditional day school will not be able to order the 2020/2021 Euclid or CCC. Currently, these contests can only be registered for and written through schools (we will revisit this decision in early 2021). Please email us if you have any further questions.

  17. Back to Top

  18. When will Contest Results be available?

    We aim to have student contest results available approximately four to six weeks after the contest date. Contest managers are emailed a copy of their results once they are available. School results can also be accessed by Contest Managers using their confidential School Number and Password from our website, by clicking “Mathematics and Computing Contests” in the left-hand menu, then “Results”.

  19. Back to Top

  20. When are the Contest Results booklet and solutions available, and where can I find them?

    We generate a results booklet and solutions for each contest. Most of these booklets and solution sets are posted on our website six to eight weeks after the contest date.

    The Gauss contest is marked in schools by the Contest Manager; Gauss contests are not shipped back to the CEMC. The Contest Manager must report the Gauss results to the CEMC online. Contest Managers are asked to report their results to us by mid-July (date specified in the Instructions for Contest Manager packet, delivered with contest materials). These results are tabulated over the summer and the Gauss Results are posted on our website in the fall.

    To locate the Results Booklets:

  21. Back to Top

  22. Where can I see the cut-off marks for various awards and view the averages for the recent contests?

    All cutoff marks and averages are listed on our website as soon as they are available (approximately four to six weeks after the contest is written). You can access the “Averages and Cutoffs” page in two different ways:

    Option A: Click “Mathematics and Computing Contests” on the left-hand menu, then “Results”, then the “Statistics summarizing the results” link provided under the “Averages and Cutoffs” sub-heading. Scroll to the chart for the contest that you are interested in.

    Option B: Click “Mathematics and Computing Contests” on the left-hand menu, then “Results”, then “Certificate Generator”. Login with your school number and password. Click the link for the contest you are interested in. Click “Averages and Cutoffs”.

  23. Back to Top

  24. How can I access my school results from previous years, or the results of a specific student?

    Only Teachers can access student results. To access results from previous years, Teachers must have the confidential School Number and Password. If you do not have your School Number and Password, please see question #2. Contest results are only available dating back to the year 2000.

    To access school results from a previous year:

    • Open the “Results” page by clicking “Mathematics and Computing Contests” on the left-hand menu, click on “Results”, then click the “web form available only to teachers” link.
    • Enter your School Number and Password.
    • Click the appropriate contest under the “Previous Contests” heading.
    • Select the appropriate year from the drop down menu and click the “Search” button.   

    To access results for a specific student:

  25. Back to Top

  26. What resources are available to prepare me for the contests?

    We offer several years of Past Contests and Solutions online.

    • You can download these free of charge or click “Mathematics and Computing Contests” in the left-hand menu and click “Past Contests”.
    • Scroll to the contest that you plan to write.
    • From the chart that lists the Past Contests, Solutions, and Results click the year to receive the PDF files to be printed.
    • These contests and solutions are not for sale; you may download these resources for free.

    In addition to past contests and solutions, there are other resources that can be used to prepare for the contests. Under “Mathematics and Computing Contests” on in the left-hand menu, click “Preparation”. Here, you can access links to various practice materials.

  27. Back to Top

  28. Why should I write your contests?

    If you enjoy mathematics or computer science and want to think about these areas in a different way, then you should write a contest. You don’t have to be the best student or even one of the top students in your class to do well or get some enjoyment out of a contest.

    Details about awards for the Pascal, Cayley, Fermat, Fryer, Galois, Hypatia and Euclid contests can be viewed by going to the Mathematics Contest Awards and Recognition page.

    Below are important points of interest related to some of our contests.

    Canadian Computing Contest
    • While the Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) is not required for admission to University of Waterloo Math, we encourage you to participate as high marks will be an asset for your admission into the School of Computer Science.
    • From the senior level competitors, invitations are made to the Canadian Computing Olympiad (CCO). Selection of CCO contestants are at the discretion of the Organizing Committee.
    • Results of the CCC and CCO will also be used for selecting the Canadian Team for the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), an international competition in informatics (computing) for secondary students from around the world.

    Euclid and Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest (CSMC)
    • To be eligible for a Faculty of Mathematics entrance scholarship, applicants to our Faculty must write at least one of the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest (CSMC) or the Euclid Contest (writing both contests is encouraged), during the school year in which they are applying.
    • While the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest (CSMC) and the Euclid Contest are not required for admission to the Faculty of Mathematics, strong performance in either of these can help you earn admission.
    • The Faculty of Mathematics encourages you to participate in both the Canadian Senior Mathematics Contest (CSMC) and the Euclid Contest because preparing for and writing these will help develop your problem solving skills and prepare you for university. As well, if you’re not an Ontario high school student, you’re particularly encouraged to do this to determine that you have sufficient mathematical background to enter University of Waterloo.

    For questions regarding admission, please contact to reach the appropriate coordinating department.

  29. Back to Top

  30. I am a Teacher interested in registering my students for the Canadian Team Mathematics Contest (CTMC). How do I register for the CTMC?

    As a Teacher, you can register for our contests online. Only Teachers/Principals can register for contests. Once you order a contest, you cannot modify/edit the order once it reaches the “Processed” status.

    To order online, you must have the confidential School Number and Password. If you are the Head of Math and do not know your School Number and Password, please refer to question #2.

    A brief description for how Teachers can register for the CTMC is below:

    • Click on “Mathematics and Computing Contests” on the left-hand menu of our homepage.
    • Click on “Registration” (left-hand menu below “Mathematics and Computing Contests”).
    • Click the “Contest Registration” button in the middle of the page.
    • Enterthe confidential School Number and Password assigned to your school.
    • Click the “Login/Ouvrir une session” button.
    • Review and update your school information. Please ensure you have entered an Accounts Payable (AP) email address for your school (this should be different from the Head of Math contact as the AP contact is the person that handles the finances at your school). You can update the contact information for the Principal, Head of Math, Head of Math e-mail, the Head of Computer Science and Head of Computer Science e-mail. Once the information has been correctly changed, click the “Update and Order Contests” button at the bottom of the page. Some of the other school information cannot be changed online. To make any other changes you can either email, or call our office at (519) 888-4808.
    • In the top portion of the next screen, you will see a list of the contest that are currently open for registration. Click the link for the contest you wish to order, under the “Register for a contest” heading.
    • Please note: Any existing current contest orders that you have will be listed in the chart underneath, along with the status of your current orders, the date of the order, and other order information.    
    • You will be brought to the “Contest Registration” page, specific to the contest you are wishing to register for. Enter the Contest Manager’s first name, last name and e-mail address in the spaces provided.

    For the CTMC, you will be asked to select between 1-2 participation options, based on availability:

    In-School Participation:
    Refers to unlimited teams of 6 students competing at your own school, for a fee of $50.00. Please select the payment method you wish to use for this option in the provided drop-down menu.

    • Select the payment method from the drop-down menu, and click “Next”. The payment method options are: Credit Card, Invoice, or Purchase Order. Please note the following information for each payment method:
      • Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, and American Express payments are processed by Bambora. Bambora is a secure order processing and online payment facility.
      • Invoice: Once your order has been shipped, invoices are sent by the University of Waterloo Finance Department, not the CEMC. Please wait for your invoice to arrive before you make payment, as invoices will contain information on how to satisfy your payment.
      • Purchase Order: You will be immediately prompted to enter a “Purchase Order (PO) Number. Please select whether or not this PO will be “Bill to School” or “Bill to Board”. If you select “Bill to Board” and we do not have your school board on file, you will be directed to contact us (with your school board address handy) so that we can add it to our database. Once we add your school board, you will have to restart your contest registration.

    Please refer to FAQ #5 if you would like information on your order status.

    Please Note: You cannot place a new order for a particular contest that has already been ordered. You must add to the original order. To do this, you can “Edit” or “Delete” any previous orders as long as they have not been paid, invoiced or in the process of being shipped. If your order is applicable for editing or deleting, there will be a link provided in the Status/Modify section of your “Current Orders” chart, upon login. You can also contact us for questions regarding this.

    Please do not delete an order that was placed by someone else at your school because he/she will not receive their original order.

    If you have any questions regarding your contest order or wish to change your order after it has been paid, invoiced, processed, or in the process of being shipped, please email or call (519) 888-4808 for more direction.

    At-UW Participation:
    There are only 35 spaces for this option, filling up in a lottery fashion. At-UW Participation means your one team of 6 students and 2 Teachers will come to The University of Waterloo to participate. For this option, you do not pay at the time of registration as you will be invoiced. Please leave the payment method blank when you are registering. The fee is $360, when invoiced. Click “Next”.

    • The next page is the “Contest Order Confirmation” page, where you must confirm the information in the chart to be accurate and correct. Please also read the information underneath the chart, and confirm that you have both read and accepted the CEMC Policies and Conditions. The CEMC does not offer refunds, returns or cancellations of any kind at this time. Click the “Edit” button if you need to make any changes.
      • If you are paying by Purchase Order or Invoice, your order will be submitted when you click “Confirm”. Please do NOT click the “BACK” button.

    Please Note: If you decide that you would like to remove your school from the "At-UW Participation" option, please contact us by email or call (519) 888-4808.

  31. Back to Top

  32. How can I access contest results and print more contest certificates?


    • Only Teachers can access student results and print certificates. If you are a parent or a student, we ask that you contact the school for results and certificates.
    • To print certificates, Teachers must have the confidential School Number and Password assigned to their school. If you are the contest manager of your school and you do not have your School Number and Password, please see question #2.
    • In the event that Teachers need more certificates, they can access our Online Certificate Generator to obtain contest results and to create and print contest certificates:

    For Teachers to access the Online Certificate Generator:

    • Open the “Results” page by clicking “Mathematics and Computing Contests” on the left-hand menu, click on “Results”, then click “certificate generator” under the “Generating Certificates” heading.
    • Enter the confidential School Number and Password assigned to your school.
    • Click on the contest you would like to create certificates for.
    • Select the proper Year, Contest type, Certificate type, and Language in the chart provided.
    • Select the Format that you would like to print:
      • “Print Student Names” is used to print student names onto the hard-copy certificates that were provided in the contest package.
      • “Print Full Certificates” is used to print full certificates (including student names) onto your standard blank computer paper. In the event that schools require more hard-copy certificates, they are able to print full certificates onto blank computer paper, using this Format option.
    • Click the “Search for Names” button in the “Contestant Name” section, or type the student names into the space provided in the chart, ensuring you are entering one student per line.
    • Click the “Generate” button to view and print the contest certificate(s).
  33. Back to Top

  34. How do I order your books?


    • Click “Books and Posters” in the left-hand menu of our homepage. Please review general shipping information.
    • Next, click the “Order Books” button on the page. The catalogue of books will appear. You can view the description of the book by clicking the “title” or image of the book.
    • Please note: There is a search option available to filter your options.
    • Clicking the book will bring you to the “Publication Details” page for that specific book. Here, enter the “Quantity” you require in the box below the image.
    • Click the “Add to Cart” button. A message will appear on-screen, reading “Successfully added to the cart.”
    • You can click the “Return To Catalogue” link to keep shopping, or click the “Go To Cart” button.
    • Once you click “Go To Cart”, you will be able to review and edit the items in your cart. You will view the quantity, total price, and shipping/tax totals on this page.
    • If you would like to keep shopping, select the “Continue Shopping” button to return to the catalogue. You can also click “Clear Cart” if you’d like to empty your cart. Alternatively, select the “Checkout” button if you are ready to pay.
    • The “Checkout” button will bring you to the “Customer Details” page, where you are required to enter your shipping information and select your method of payment from the pull down menu. Click “Continue” when finished.
    • View your order details and click “Send Order”.
    • You will receive a confirmation email when your order has been successful.
    • Once payment is received, please allow at least 10 days in Canada and 4-6 weeks outside Canada for delivery. Remote areas can take much longer. If your books are damaged or your shipment is incorrect, please contact our office by email or call (519) 888-4808.
  35. Back to Top

  36. Where can I access the CEMC Online Ordering Terms and Conditions Information?

    Access Online Ordering Terms and Conditions for the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC).

  37. Back to Top