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Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Mathematics Contests

The Fryer, Galois and Hypatia (FGH) Contests are a unique opportunity for students to write a full-solution contest — a format that can help learners develop both problem-solving and communication skills. These fun, engaging contests inspire creative problem-solving as students tackle problems that build to a larger, more complex problem to solve in each question.

Audience

  • Students in Grade 9 or below are eligible to write the Fryer Contest.
  • Students in Grade 10 or below are eligible to write the Galois Contest.
  • Students in Grade 11 or below are eligible to write the Hypatia Contest.

Date

Written in April. Visit Our Contests for dates and deadlines for the current year.

Format

  • 4 questions; some answer only and some full-solution
  • 75 minutes
  • Score out of 40
  • Marks are awarded for completeness, clarity and style of presentation. A correct solution, poorly presented, will not earn full marks.
  • Written by individuals on paper
  • Some calculators permitted

Mathematical Content

Questions on the FGH Contests are based on curriculum common to all Canadian provinces. Rather than testing content, most of the problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem-solving. Practicing with past contests is a great way for students to get to know the style of questions that appear on the contests, as well as common topics.

Contest Supervision

  • Teachers can arrange to have students write the contest in the classroom or remotely and are responsible for ensuring that students are supervised appropriately.
  • Whether students are writing the contest in class or remotely, all of the contest materials should be returned to the CEMC in one package for marking.
  • Results will be sent to the Contest Supervisor by email and will also be available in the Contest Supervisor Portal six to eight weeks after the contest date.
  • Visit Contest Supervision to learn more about what's involved in supervising a CEMC contest.

For students writing remotely:

  • Remote students should pick up their physical Solution Booklet and Student Information Form from their school before contest day.
  • If students are not able to access the school, Contest Supervisors also have the option of sending electronic copies of the contest materials for their students to download and print. Instructions for this option will be made available in the Contest Material Repository of our Contest Supervisor Portal roughly one month before the contest date.

Results and Recognition

Next Steps

Follow the links below to order contests, review contest fees and access contest preparation resources for your students, including past contests, a problem-set generator, mathematics courseware and more.

Get in Touch

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