For students who love math, Math Contests (or Competitions, if you prefer) can be a fun challenge as students prepare, apply their knowledge, and see how they stand in comparison to their peers on a national and international stage.
We have also provided links to a variety of other math contests for students in Grades 1 to 12.
Spirit of Math Contests
Spirit of Math offers an annual math contest for students in Grades 1 to 4. Students do not need to be enrolled in the Spirit of Math program to participate. Our contests kick off on Feb. 25, 2017 and run through to March 3, 2017. Get in touch with your Campus Director to learn more and to get started.
Math Contest Results 2016
The 2016 Spirit of Math Contests took place from February 22 to February 28, 2016. Congratulations to all who participated and won!
Results of our 2016 contests are available. You may download a copy of the standings. Spirit of Math congratulates every one of the more than 2,600 participants who wrote the external and internal Math Contest from grades 1-11! Download 2016 Results.
Schedule and Registration
The Spirit of Math contests are open to all. Families with children not currently enrolled in Spirit of Math may contact a Spirit of Math Campus Director to register for this challenging math contest. Use our Find a Campus tool to find a campus near you. A small contest entry fee applies.
Are you a Teacher or Principal?
If you would like paper registration forms for your school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request forms with local contest information for your grade 1 to 4 students.
Each student will receive a certificate of participation and have the opportunity to achieve a placement on the Spirit of Math national honour roll. Medals will be awarded for 1st place in each grade and a certificate of distinction will be awarded to all students who achieve honour roll status.
How to Prepare
Math competitions are a great way to face a challenge, test your skills and most of all, have fun! The best way to prepare is to practice solving as many math problems as possible in the weeks leading up to a competition.
Other Math Contests for students in Grades 1-12 include:
Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) – The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge is open to any student with an interest in and firm grasp of high school math concepts. The time, date, and location of the 2017 edition of this contest has yet to be announced.
Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) – Held by the University of Waterloo. Various contests held from November through May. Open to students in Grades 7 – 12 with students writing through their school.
Canadian National Math League (CNML) – The 30-minute CNML Grade 5 contest will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at various Spirit of Math Schools Campuses throughout Canada. The Grades 6, 7, and 8 contests will be held on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The 6, 7, and 8 contest consists of 35 problem solving questions with a 30-minute time limit.
Mathematica – Since 1990, more than 1,000,000 students from across Canada and the United States have competed in this contest, which will be held on April 12, 2017 at different Spirit of Math Schools campuses. Students who score above the national average in this contest will receive a certificate of distinction.
The registration fee for the COMC is $13, while all other contests require a $10 fee. To participate in any of the above contests, download, print and submit our contest registration form to your Campus Director.