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  1. Where can I obtain more information about the contests and locate the contest order forms?
  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?
  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 the results of students from previous years?
  14. What resources are available to prepare me for the contests?
  15. How do I order your books?
  16. Why should I write your contests?

  1. Where can I obtain more information about the contests and locate the contest order forms?

  2. Information on our contests is available on the individual contest pages on our website.

    To view contest information or download and print registration forms:

    • Click on "Mathematics and Computing Contests" in the left-hand menu. You will see a right-hand menu appear.
    • Click on the contest in the right-hand menu where you would like information.
    • We prefer to accept registrations online, however there are registration forms available by clicking on the green "fax or email links" under the "Registration Information" section of the contest pages.

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  3. What is a School Number and Password?

  4. The person (Contest Manager) organizing the contest requires a School Number and Password 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 sent each September to the Head of Math at schools that have previously registered for our contests.
    If you did not receive or cannot find your School Number and Password, please send us a request by fax on school letterhead, to (519) 746-6592.
    Note that, the School Number and Password are confidential and must not be given to any students or parents.
    If your school is participating in our contests for the first time, please fill out the New School Form.

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  5. I am a teacher interested in registering my students for some of the contests. How do I register?

  6. As a teacher, guidance counselor or principal, you can register students in three different ways: online, fax or by mailing a completed registration form.  Emailed orders must be presented on an official registration form. See question #1 to locate these forms. Phone requests cannot be accepted. In order to better serve you and to avoid delays, online registration is preferred.

    Online Registration

    To order online, you must have a School Number and Password. If you are the Contest Manager 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" in the left-hand menu.
    • Click on "Registration". (left-hand menu below "Mathematics and Computing Contests"). Clicking here will take you to the registration page.
    • Click on "Enter Secure Site to Register for Contests" button.
    • Enter the School Number and Password.
    • Click "Login".
    • Review and update your school information. Some of the information cannot be changed online. To make changes to this information you must call our office at (519) 888-4808 and press "1". You can update the Principal, Head of Math, Head of Math e-mail, and the Head of Computer Science. Once the information has been correctly changed click "Update and Order Contests".
    • In the top portion of the next screen, you will see a list of the available contests. Current orders and order dates are listed in the chart below. Click the contest you wish to order under "Register for a contest".
    • Enter the Contest Manager’s first name, last name and e-mail address.
    • On the drop down menu, select the payment method and click the "set" button. The options are credit card, invoice or purchase order.
      Please note the following:
      1. The purchase order number option should be selected only when a purchase order number is a requirement from your school or board.
      2. If you choose the invoice option, you can leave the purchase order number blank.
    • Payment by credit card - Visa, Master Card and American Express payments are now processed by Beanstream. Beanstream is a secure order processing and online payment facility. After choosing the credit card option, an order confirmation screen will show for review. Click on "Make Credit Card Payment" button. Follow the process to pay your order immediately online. A second order confirmation will show, thanking you for your order and telling you it has been approved. Declined orders need to be re-entered. Once your order has been approved a receipt will be emailed.
    • Payment by invoice or purchase order - Your Payment Method option will show on the Contest Order Confirmation Screen.
      Choosing the invoice payment option and clicking the "Confirm" button will show Order Successfully Submitted on the top of the next screen. Invoices are now sent by the University of Waterloo - Invoices will be sent from the University of Waterloo finance department once the order has been shipped. Payment information is listed on the invoice. NOTE: Cheques are now made out to "University of Waterloo".
      When you choose the purchase order payment option, you must supply a purchase order number and select the bill to board option if you want the invoice sent directly to your board otherwise the school will recieve the invoice . If you school does not have a board assigned in our system you will see a message to please contact us at 1-519-888-4567 ext 38295 to have your board assigned. After this step is completed you can start the order process again and this time your board will be assigned. If you do not see a message then the board has been selected and the order will continue.
    • If you do not see the Order Successfully Submitted message on the top of your screen, log in again and review your order(s).
    • You can "Place another order" or "Logout".
    • If there is a problem, please call our office at (519) 888-4808 and press "0".

    Please note that 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 shipped. (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 wish to change your order after it has been paid, invoiced or shipped, please call our office at (519) 888-4808 and press "0".

    Paper Registration

    Use the registration/order form(s) found on the Contest Information pages. Please refer to question #1 . To avoid delays, please be sure to complete all fields. Forms can be emailed, sent by mail (mailing information is listed on the bottom of the registration form) or fax to (519) 746-6592. Keep your fax confirmation.

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  7. Can I view my order?


  8. We encourage Contest Managers to log onto the website to view orders.

    • Open the "Contest Registration" page by clicking here or by clicking on "Mathematics and Computing Contests" in the left-hand menu then on "Registration".
    • Enter your School Number and Password.
    • Click "Update and Order Contests" on the bottom and you will see your contest order(s) located in the chart labelled Current Orders.

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  9. Can I make a change to my order?

  10. There is a very brief period of time during which you can change your order. If your order has already been paid, invoiced or shipped, you will have to call our office at (519) 888-4808 and press "0" to make changes.

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  11. Can I make photocopies?

  12. If you have received your contests and you require fewer than five additional papers, please carefully read the instructions enclosed with your contest package and make photocopies. For all the contests except the Gauss, 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 call our office at (519) 888-4808 and press "0". We will adjust your order and send the additional contests and certificates.

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

  14. A "Date shipped" and tracking information is now posted in our ordering system once we ship the order. We encourage you to login with your school number and password, view your "Current Orders" and track your shipment.
    We start to ship the contests approximately four to eight weeks prior to contest date. If you have not received your contests two weeks prior to contest date, please track your order online and contact our office immediately if necessary at (519) 888-4808 and press "0".

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

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

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

  18. Students must register with his/her school or find a local school that will proctor him/her and cannot register on his/her own.

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  19. When will Contest Results be available?

  20. We try to have student contest results available approximately four to six weeks after the contest date. Results are posted on our website under "Mathematics and Computing Contests" in the left-hand menu, then "Results". Contest Managers can access their school's results using their confidential School Number and Password. We will post notification on our homepage when the results are available.

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

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

    The Gauss contest is marked locally by the Contest Manager. The Contest Manager reports the results online or by mail. Contest Managers are asked to report their results to us by mid-July. These results are tabulated over the summer and the Gauss Results are posted on our website in October.

    To locate the Results Booklets:

    • Click here or on"Mathematics and Computing Contests" in the left-hand menu, then click on "Past Contests".
    • Scroll to your contest chart.
    • The Result Booklets and solutions are listed in the chart, by year.
    • Click on the year you wish to download.

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

  24. All cutoff marks and averages are listed on our website.

    • Open the "Averages and Cutoffs" page by clicking here or by clicking "Mathematics and Computing Contests" on the left-hand menu.
    • Click on "Results" on the left-hand menu. In the bottom of the middle column click on "Statistics summarizing the results".
    • Scroll to the chart of the contest you are interested in.

    This information is posted on the site as soon as it is available. (Usually about four to six weeks after the contest is written).

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  25. How can I access the results of students from previous years?

  26. Only Contest Managers can access the results of students. To access results from previous years, Contest Managers must have a School Number and Password which we send out every September to the Head of Math at all schools that have previously registered for our contests. If you do not have your School Number and Password, please see question #2. Where schools have participated, results are only available from the year 2000 to present.

    To access results from a previous year:

    • Open the "Results" page by clicking here or by clicking "Mathematics and Computing Contests" on the left-hand menu, click on "Results", then click on the link "web form available only to teachers".
    • Enter your School Number and Password.
    • Click "Obtain Results".
    • Click the year and contest for which you want the results.

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

  28. We offer several years of Past Contests and Solutions online.

    • You can download these free of charge by clicking here 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.

    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". Please view the page to discover what is available.

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  29. How do I order your books?


    • Click here or click "Order Books" in the left-hand menu to order books.
    • Click on "Browse Catalogue and Place Order" in the left-hand menu or "Enter our secure site" in the body of this page. The catalogue of books will appear. You can view the description of the book by clicking the "title" or "image". Note: There is a search option available to simplify this process.
    • At "Publication Details" enter the "Quantity" you require in the box below the image.
    • Click the "Add to Cart" button.
    • You can either "Continue to order" or "Checkout".
    • Once you click on "Checkout", you are required to enter your shipping information and select your method of payment from the pull down menu. You must click the "Select Payment Method" button.
    • Click "Continue". View your order details and "Send Order".
    • You will receive a confirmation email when your order has been successful.
    • Once payment is received, orders shipped within Canada should take approximately 10 business days to arrive. Canada Post delivers to major centres outside of Canada in 4 to 6 weeks. Remote areas can take much longer.
    • To expedite orders shipped outside of Canada, purchasers can contact us immediately after the order is placed to obtain a quote for courier service.

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  30. Why should I write your contests?

  31. 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.

    Euclid Contest

    • To be eligible for a University of Waterloo, Faculty of Mathematics entrance scholarship, the Euclid Contest is a requirement.
    • While the Euclid Contest is not required for admission to UW Math, we encourage you to participate because it will help develop your problem solving skills and prepare you for university. As well, strong performance in the Euclid Contest can help earn you a place in the Faculty of Mathematics. If you're not an Ontario high school student, you're particularly encouraged to write the Euclid Contest to demonstrate that you have sufficient mathematical background to enter UW programs.

    Canadian Computing Contest

    • While the Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) is not an admission requirement to UW 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 Stage 2. Selection of Stage 2 contestants are at the discretion of the Organizing Committee.
    • Results of the two stages of the CCC 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.

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