Online Math CoNTEST

Sorry, we will not run the contest in 2021. We will take time off to rethink the competition.

Designed to be inclusive and fun, this competition can be used as a classroom activity for students who have completed or are taking enriched Grade 9 Math, Grade 10 Math, Grade 11 Math or Grade 12 Math. The inherent flexibility of a web-based contest means that it can be written at any time of the day or as an after-school activity.


Registration will open on Thursday, 24 October 2019, and will close at 1:00pm on the day of the competition (27 November 2019). As long as registration is open, teachers can register themselves (if not already registered) and their teams.


The contest will open at 7:30am EST on Wednesday, 27 November 2019, and will close at 6:30pm EST on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.


Teachers can register as many teams of one or two students as they like. The average time to complete the test is about one hour. Prizes will be awarded to the three teams in grades 9-10, three teams in grade 11 and three teams in grade 12 which correctly answer the most questions in the shortest time.


The competition consists of ten questions aimed at students in grades 10, 11 and 12. The questions are not necessarily tied to a particular curriculum but are designed to engage students who enjoy problem solving in mathematics and to provide them with a challenging and rewarding experience. We are encouraging students to work in teams of two to emphasize the importance of cooperative learning and peer discussion. Scientific calculators (non-programmable and non-graphing) are allowed.


Teachers: to register your teams, please register yourself first using this link. An email will be sent to the address you provided, with your login and password. The fact that you are able to login is a confirmation that you have been registered as a teacher. After you log in, you will be able to reset your password if you wish, as well as add teams, edit existing team information, and download an excel file with information about all your teams.


Teachers are asked to indicate whether the team is in grade 9, grade 10, grade 11 or grade 12. For the purposes of this competition, grade 10 means that the students are taking or have completed Grade 10 Math but not Grade 11 Math. Teams registered as grade 11 are taking or have completed Grade 11 Math but not Grade 12 Advanced Functions. Students in grade 12 have completed or are taking Grade 12 Advanced Functions. International teams are encouraged to compete however we only offer cash prizes to Canadian high schools.


As soon as you give login and password information to your teams, they will be able to log into this site (thus confirming that they have been registered for the competition). After they log in, your students will see a link for the Tutorial which shows how contest questions will be answered. Please encourage all your teams to go over the Tutorial before the contest, as we are changing things a bit (from all multiple choice questions to some multiple choice questions and some which will require that teams enter their answer either as a number or as an algebraic expression). On the day of the contest students will visit the same site to access the questions and submit their answers.


On the day of the competition, teams need to go to this site (same as the login site) to access questions and submit their answers. Teams may only submit their answers once and should be careful before pressing the “submit” button.


Teachers will act as local event coordinators, and provide appropriate supervision for the event. Teams will be judged on the basis of the number of questions answered correctly. In the event of a tie, the team with the shortest elapsed time will be declared the winner. Teams whose elapsed time exceeds 1 hour and 45 minutes will not be considered for a prize.


Questions? | Archive: questions from previous contests and contest winners

Our Online Math Competition has been supported by a grant from Canadian Mathematics Society

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Dialogue on Transition

to be announced


Every other year, Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University hosts a Dialogue on Transition Issues with math teachers in the region. We invite teachers to share their insights and experience in regards to grade 11 and 12 math courses and we discuss how Level I math courses at McMaster have changed to adapt to changes in the high school mathematics curriculum.



  • Welcome by Dr Matheus Grasselli, Math and Stats Department Chair
  • Update on teaching at McMaster: integration of computational thinking and programming into our life sciences courses Math 1LS3 and 1LT3; numeracy course "Numbers for Life" Math 2UU3
  • Challenges in teaching first-year courses to Math and Stats majors
  • First- and second- year Math and Stats students talking about their experiences
  • Expanding collaboration, ideas for possible activities: programming activities, online math competition
  • Open discussion


These dialogues have been well-attended by math teachers and math heads and the information we have gathered from them has been shared with other departments in the Faculty of Science and other faculties in the university, including Engineering and Business.


If you are a grade 11 or 12 Math Teacher, Math Department Head, Guidance Counselor, or Secondary School Principal, we welcome your attendance at our next Dialogue on Transition Issues to be held from 4:30-6pm on Wednesday, 6 February 2019, in Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall 111 (campus map).


Registration: Please register for the Dialogue by contacting Miroslav Lovric, by email at and include the name of your school and the names of all teachers who are planning to attend.


If you have questions about this event, please contact Miroslav Lovric and/or Erin Clements (Outreach Coordinator).


If you are not on our mailing list (i.e., if you have not been receiving our emails about activities that we organize, such as math online competition or this dialogue), please contact us and we will add your email to our mailing list.


Directions to McMaster.

Please take a ticket to lift the parking gate at one of the lots on campus. At the Dialogue, you will be issued a rebate parking pass that you can use to lift the gate on your way out. The lot near the Sterling St. entrance is closest to Gilmour Hall.

Math@Mac Day for Students Grades 10, 11, and 12

to be announced



This event will include a series of interactive mathematics activities and presentations. Designed to be inclusive and fun, the day will feature individual and team prizes for a variety of problems that should appeal to a wide range of interests and abilities. Plan to bring an entire class or a group of interested students from various levels.


Please see below for the schedule of the day (with details coming in February), location and parking information. You must register your students and yourself. Registration is limited to a total of 200 students, and is on a first-come-first served basis.


Registration for this year's event starts at 8:30am on Monday, 13 January 2020. To register, please send an email to our outreach coordinator Erin Clements and copy to Miroslav Lovric (, In the email, please include: school name, name(s) of all teachers coming, contact phone number and contact e-mail, and your best estimate of the number of students coming. We will keep a list of everyone who registers, as well as a waiting list, in case the number of students interested exceeds the capacity of the room (200). We will confirm the receipt of your registration.


There is no charge for this event. Attendees are responsible for any parking fees and are asked to provide their own lunch.


Schedule of the day:


9 - 9:25 Registration

9:30 - 10:20 Interactive presentation (speaker and topic TBA)

10:30 - 11:20 Problem-solving session in small groups (includes the usual competition and, as time permits, additional problem solving activities)

11:30 - 12:20 Lunch break

12:30 - 1:20 Interactive presentation, part 2 (speaker and topic TBA)

1:30 End of the formal program; return to school, or stay at McMaster (for a self-guided tour, to visit our bookstore, etc.)


Activities and presentations will take place (in the usual room) in McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) CIBC Hall, Rooms 308, 309, 314, 315, and 319 (campus map). Registration is from 9:00 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. We ask that all groups be on time for the first presentation in CIBC Hall at 9:30 a.m.


Directions to McMaster. Parking/drop off options:

Option 1: Enter campus via the Main Street entrance and proceed to Lot I. Take a ticket to lift gate and before leaving pay at a pay station (coins, bills or credit card) or at the exit (credit card). The rate is $5 per hour for a maximum of $20.

Option 2: Enter campus via the Cootes Drive entrance, turn left to cross the bridge and proceed down the hill to Lots M or P. Take a ticket to lift gate and before leaving pay at a pay station (coins, bills or credit card) or at the exit (credit card). There is a flat rate fee of $5. Take a white shuttle bus up to campus or walk to MUSC (15 to 20 minutes).

Option 3: Students may be dropped off in front of MUSC (Student Centre). Enter campus via Sterling St. entrance turn right into the parking area which will loop around. Pick up a ticket to lift gate. There is no charge for stays of less than 15 minutes. Student pick-up should be in front of MUSC (Student Centre). Again, drivers should enter campus via the Sterling St. entrance. It is recommended that for pick-up, drivers go to a pay station if there is any doubt they are over the 15 minute limit.


Important: In 2015, this event was cancelled due to inclement weather (snow day), and it might happen again. So, please, in the morning before you leave for McMaster, make sure to check that it is open by calling 905 525 9140 - if McMaster is closed for the day, there will be a recorded message (if in doubt, call Miroslav Lovric at 905 923 3361 at any time in the morning of 4 March). We have no control over this, so if McMaster closes for the day, we must cancel the event.

Other Activities of Interest

The Mathematics Review Manual is an excellent resource for students who will need to take first year calculus at university. It is strongly recommended that students work through the review during the summer months before their first semester at university.


Teachers of elementary and secondary mathematics and science are encouraged to explore the opportunities offered by Let’s Talk Science.


Kangaroo Math Competition has been scheduled for 19-20 March 2022. As in 2021, it is held online. Questions? send Math Kangaroo an email.


We also encourage elementary teachers to consider organizing a math fair at their school using SNAP Math Fair guidelines.


The Fields Mathematics Education Forum (MathEd Forum) meets seven times a year for discussions about teaching and learning math at all levels. For meeting dates and agenda, visit the Fields Institute Centre for Mathematics Education and scroll down to Workshops and Conferences.