The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is Canada's premier national mathematics competition that is open to any student with an interest in and grasp of high school math. The purpose of the COMC is to encourage students to explore, discover, and learn more about mathematics and problem solving. The competition serves to provide teachers with a unique student enrichment activity during the fall term.
Approximately the top 50 students from the COMC will be invited to write the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO). Students who excel in the CMO will have the opportunity to be selected as part of Math Team Canada -- a small team of students who travel to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Depending on grade level and performance, students participating in the COMC can also have opportunities to garner awards, to win prizes, to be considered for scholarships, and to get invited to camps.
The 2016 COMC will be held on Thursday, November 3rd in Canada and the Americas (anywhere in North/South American time zones), and on Friday, November 4th elsewhere in the world.
|September 1||Registration opens|
|October 14||Registration closes|
|October 20||Payment deadline|
|November 1||All exams received by schools|
|November 3||COMC exam day –for schools in Canada and the Americas|
|November 4||COMC exam day –for all other international schools|
|Courier pick up of exams at schools in Canada
International schools must courier exams at their own expense
|November 5-11||All exams received at marking partner institutions
(international exams received no later than November 14)
|Mid- to late-November||Exam marking period|
|Early- to mid-December||Teachers verify data entry of all student information|
|December 12||Deadline for teachers to make changes to students' information|
|Mid-January||Official results announcement|
Beginning in the first week of September, the CMS will post a sample problem to familiarize you with the kinds of questions you might find on a COMC exam. The solution is posted the following week when the next problem is posted. See the Problem of the Week page.
Registration for COMC 2016 is now closed.
Teachers can log in to check their orders and/or make online payment.
Exams are currently being printed and shipped by courier.
Centre de recherches mathématiques, Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, Fields Institute, Popular Book Company, McLean Foundation, CAE Inc., Government of Manitoba, Government of Nova Scotia, Government of Ontario, Government of Prince Edward Island and Government of the Northwest Territories.
With the cooperation of:
University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, Dalhousie University, University of Manitoba, Memorial University, University of New Brunswick, University of Prince Edward Island, Department of Mathematics & Statistics (University of Saskatchewan), University of Toronto and York University.
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