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Fryer, Galois and Hypatia Mathematics Contests

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


  • 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.


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


  • 4 questions; a mix of final answer only and 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 at school, participants write individually and 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 participants to get to know the style of questions that appear on the contests, as well as common topics.

Contest Supervision

  • Contest Supervisors should arrange to have participants write the contest at school on paper and are responsible for ensuring that participants are supervised appropriately.
  • Once the contest has been written, all of the contest materials should be returned to the CEMC in one package for marking.
  • Results will 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.

Results and Recognition

Next Steps

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

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