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The 2017 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge -- Nov 2/3

The 2017 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge — Nov 2/3

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The Results

  • How do schools obtain the students’ participation and award certificates?
    When the final results are announced, teachers/organizers can log in to their accounts to download and print the certificates for all students. The top students in a region or province also receive plaques mailed to their schools.
  • How do I get my score?
    Teachers can access all their students' scores online using their school account once marking is complete. Individual scores are not shown publicly for privacy reasons.

    If one or more students' scores are unavailable, please contact the CMS office by email at comc@cms.math.ca.

  • What is an 'official paper'?
    To be considered official and to qualify for awards or prizes, participants and schools must meet the following requirements:

    Students or their teachers must assert (e.g. on the exam cover sheet), prior to the release of official results, that each of the following is true. Once the official results are released and announced in January, they are immutable.

    1. The participant must be under 19 years of age as of June 30, 2017 and
    2. The participant must be attending school full-time (elementary, secondary, Cégep, or home-schooled) at least since Sept 15, 2017 and
    3. The participant must not have written the Putnam competition.

    Additionally, the participation is only considered official if it is proctored and offered under these rules:

    1. In North America, South America, Central America or in time zones covering these areas, the 2½ hour writing period must begin and end on Thursday, November 2nd, between 8a.m. and 8p.m. local time.
    2. Elsewhere in the world, the 2½ hour writing period must begin and end on Friday, November 3rd, between 8a.m. and 8p.m. local time.
    3. All exams must be proctored by officials who are not family-related to any of the participants they are supervising.
  • Will I get a certificate?
    When the final results are announced, teachers/organizers will be able to log into their accounts to download and print the certificates for all students. For those students who have earned award(s), the certificate lists all the awards the student earned. For students who did not earn specific awards, the certificate is based on which quartile their scores fall into:
    1st quartile = Performance with Distinction
    2nd quartile = Performance with Honours
    3rd or 4th quartile = Certificate of Participation
  • Will I get a plaque?

    The CMS no longer issues student plaques. Students now receive a student portfolio (certificate in a commemorative folder). All students who earn a Gold, Silver or Bronze in non-grade specific categories at the regional or provincial level are eligible to receive a portfolio. All students who receive a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Honourable Mention on any of the Canada lists including grade-specific lists will also receive a portfolio.

    School plaques are only given to schools where at least one student is being sent a student portfolio.

  • Will I receive a prize?

    Anyone writing the COMC in Canada is also eligible for random draw participation prizes. Approximately 160 prizes will be distributed to participants nationally.

  • Are there cash prizes too?
    Yes. Prizes are given to the top performers in Canada.

To report errors or omissions for this page, please contact us at comc@cms.math.ca.


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