CMGC Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility and Registration Inquiries

Yes. The CMGC is a competition that is open to any student with an interest in and grasp of mathematics. 

All registrations for the CMGC must come from schools, through teachers or proctors. Individual students (and their parents) may ask any nearby school if they are participating in the CMGC and if they are willing to add an exam in order to have the student participate at the school on exam day. The CMS may have writing centres across Canada at our partner universities for students who cannot write in their own school. We will also have online writing centres for those students who cannot participate through a school. 

To be an official competitor eligible for awards the student must either be supervised in a school or location that the CMS has approved as an Official Competition Writing Centre (OCWC),  or must be supervised remotely for the entirety of the exam by a proctor from a registered OCWC or a certified teacher under the ministry of education.

For students writing unofficially an adult (teacher, librarian or another adult) must be present to supervise the competition

All registrations for the CMGC must come from schools or an official competition writing centre (OCWC), through teachers or proctors.

Individual students (and their parents) may ask any nearby school if they are participating in the CMGC and if they are willing to add an exam in order to have the student participate at the school on exam day. The CMS may have writing centres across Canada at our partner universities for students who cannot write in their own school. We will also have online writing centres for those students who cannot participate through a school. 

There are no grade eligibility requirements for the CMGC. However, the competition is aimed at grades 5-8. Any grade can write the competition but students in grades 9 and above are considered unofficial. Students in grades 8 and below are official if all other eligibility criteria are met?

Teachers, or proctors will create an account to place an exam order online. Exams are shipped to the location by courier, or may be written online.  Students writing from home must write online supervised by a writing centre, or they can write at home unofficially. Registration can be completed by clicking on the following link and clicking the button that says 'new school'. 

A minimum of 2 exams per school in Canada if written on paper, or 4 exams per school internationally if written on paper. If writing online, there are no minimums. 

Yes, tutoring centres and home school teachers can sign up students if schools are not participating. Please keep in mind that a certified teacher who is not related to the student will need to be arranged. Parents can proctor students, but students would be considered unofficial in this case. 

The student must either be supervised in a school or location that the CMS has approved as an Official Competition Writing Centre (OCWC),  or must be supervised remotely for the entirety of the exam by a proctor from a registered OCWC or a certified teacher under the ministry of education.

Registration closes at 11:59 PST on Thursday, November 4th for print options

Registration closes at 11:59 PST on Sunday, November 14th for online options

Both papers are exactly the same content. However, an Official paper must either be supervised in a school or location that the CMS has approved as an Official Competition Writing Centre (OCWC),  or must be supervised remotely for the entirety of the exam by a proctor from a registered OCWC or a certified teacher under the ministry of education.. 

Modes of writing the 2021 CMGC

Printed exams are delivered to the school or writing centre by courier or may be sent electronically for printing at the school (digital delivery).  Answer pages are then returned by courier.

Due to Covid-19, it may not be possible for students to write the exam at school. In this case, teachers may arrange for students to write remotely, provided that both teachers and students have access to an electronic device.

Teachers may also order online exams to be written on computers in the classroom which saves costs on paper exams. 

Online CMGC

If writing the competition online, it must be written on Thursday November 18th during the school day. 

Due to Covid-19, it may not be possible for students to write the exam at school. In this case, teachers may arrange for students to write remotely, provided that both teachers and students have access to an electronic device. 

CMS has created a new platform to host the CMGC online competition. Students can complete the CMGC on our platform  in the classroom or from home while being observed by a certified teacher from an official competition writing centre.  In the absence of such supervision, the students would be unofficial and not eligible for awards.

Exam Format and Procedures

The 2021 CGMC will be held on Thursday November 18th in Canada and the Americas and on Friday November 19th elsewhere in the world. 

The competition is one hour and a half (1.5) hours in length. 

No. Calculators and mobile phones are not permitted.

Yes, dictionaries are allowed during the exam -- under supervision.

The CMGC exam is the same for students at all grade levels and consists of three sections:

  1. Five introductory questions 
  2. Five more challenging questions 
  3. Five challenging questions

All questions are multiple choice and will contain 5 potential answers to choose from.

If taking the competition on paper, each competition booklet will come with an answer key and cover sheet that is filled in by the students. This form will be mailed back to the CMS office for processing. 

If writing online, the online system will store the answers for subsequent automatic grading.

Students are expected to write during the school day. 

Schools in Canada writing on paper: a courier will arrive at each school on the day after the exam (Friday, November 19th) to pick up the package of answer pages. Each school will have a sufficient number of pre-paid courier envelopes, which are pre-addressed to the CMS Office

Schools in Canada writing online: The competition will be marked by the online platform. Marks will come out once all paper copies have been received and marked. 

Schools outside Canada: the CMS will provide you with a Canadian address where you will need to send the cover sheets and answer page by courier at your own cost.

If exams are written online, the competition will be marked  and sent to the CMS office. 

Yes. For paper exams, teachers can specify how many exams in English and/or French are required when placing the order. For online exams the student will choose at the start of the exam whether to write an English or French exam.

No mobile phones, calculators or other electronic devices are permitted. Students writing the exam "online" may use a computer or tablet only to access the exam, and an electronic device such as a cell phone may be used for supervision of a student writing remotely. Other uses of such devices are prohibited.

Payment and Shipment Inquiries

Online within Canada: CA$10.00 per exam (no minimum).

Paper Exams Within Canada: CA$12.00 per exam (minimum order of 2 exams).

Online International: US$15.00 per exam (minimum order of 2 exams).

Paper Exams international: US $17.00 per exam (minimum order of 4 exams)

We do have subsidies available through generous donations from our sponsors. For more information about the subsidies, please contact us at contests@cms.math.ca.

Online payment is preferred. Online credit card purchases are processed using Paypal (a Paypal account is not required, but can also be used). Payments can also be made by cheque or money order received by the deadline.

All orders have to be paid by Monday, November 15th , 2021. The CMS reserves the right to cancel any order which remains unpaid after the payment deadline. If you anticipate your payment to be late, please contact us at contests@cms.math.ca.

Once payment is received, a receipt is automatically emailed to you. You can also log into your school account and see the order status, and reprint an invoice or receipt.

All exams are shipped by courier one week before the competition.

If the order size is reduced prior to printing and shipment of the exams, we will refund the cost of the canceled exams, less a 10% administration fee. If you wish to reduce your number of exams after they have been shipped, we will not issue a refund. For online exams, we can issue a refund if the order is cancelled fully or partially before November 12, 2021.

Login and Account Inquiries

School accounts are associated with the email addresses of the past organizer and/or the department head. If one of those email addresses is known to you, you can trigger a password reset email message to that email address by using the "Forgot your log-in information" function on the login page. In addition to resetting your password, this function can help you find all School IDs associated with your email address.

If no one has access to either of those email accounts, or you do not know what they are, then please contact the CMS office by telephone at +1 (613) 733-2662 ext. 733. Please be prepared to provide information that will assist in confirming your identity.

Click on "new school" on the login page.

Please email the CMS office to change a school address. Log into your school account and click on “Review school information” to see what is on file. Include your school ID in your email.

No. For security purposes, the CMS will only ship to addresses that have been confirmed from authenticated schools.

Once you log into your school account, click on “edit contact information”.

Email the CMS office and include the previous school name, location, your email address and the school ID.

Please email or phone the CMS office at +1 (613) 733-2662 ext. 733 and we will be happy to assist you.

Yes, you can use your account for both COMC and CMGC. 

The Results

When the final results are announced, teachers/organizers will be able to log in to their accounts to download and print participation certificates for all of their students.
Awards certificates are only provided for official participants who achieve a high ranking, and are available for teachers/organizers to download and print. For students in Canada, award certificates in portfolios are mailed to their schools.

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.

Anyone writing the CMGC in Canada is eligible for a participation prize from CMS which is drawn randomly. Your chances of winning depend on the number of prizes and the number of students writing the CMGC. 

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