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The Pascal, Cayley and Fermat Contests are an opportunity for students to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem solving ability.
Visit our Coronavirus Information webpage for more details on the impact of COVID-19 on CEMC contests, workshops and resources.
Students in Grade 9 or below are eligible to write the Pascal Contest.
Students in Grade 10 or below are eligible to write the Cayley Contest.
Students in Grade 11 or below are eligible to write the Fermat Contest.
Written in February. See details for current year.
In 2021, some students will write a paper-based contest and some will write online. Schools have the option of allowing their students to write in either mode. Individuals/Home Schools write online. More information for the supervising teachers is available.
Early questions require only concepts found in the curriculum common to all provinces. The last few questions are designed to test ingenuity and insight. Rather than testing content, most of the contest problems test logical thinking and mathematical problem solving.
Schools and Individuals/Home Schools that have not registered for previous contests are encouraged to participate, and can start by filling out either a New School Application form or a New Individual/Home School Application form.
We recommend that students spend some time preparing for our contests by trying to solve problems. Many teachers use past contests in the classroom and the CEMC problem set generator allows anyone to create random sets of problems with the option to customize the topics covered.
We recognize top-performing students and schools.