FAQs for Students – CJMC 2023


  • Students in kindergarten all the way up to grade 8 can write the CJMC (Grades K-8).
  • The questions are based on the math curriculum from grades 5 to 8.
  • Participating in nationally-recognized mathematics competitions is a fantastic item to add to their portfolios if they want to seek an entrance scholarship in university.
  • Gain new experience in problem solving that lets them measure themselves against some of Canada’s keenest math students.
  • We issue official certificates to all competitors and recognize the top achievers publicly on our web site. Gift cards may be awarded to those who achieve perfect scores on the CJMC.
  • It’s normally at your own school in a room arranged by the teacher or organizer. Teachers and organizers create portal accounts to register their students.
  • In a few cases, students may be able to come to the campus of one of our partner universities who are hosting Official Writing Centres and write it there. This is what Independent Student Registration is for.
  • For schools in Canada, or anywhere in the time zones covering North/South America, it’s on Thursday November 16th. Elsewhere in the world, it is to be held Friday, November 17th.
  • We let the proctor/teacher decide what actual start time works best for that date.
  • 90 minutes; 15 multiple-choice questions.
  • Paper or online.
  • For paper exams, we offer shipped or PDF. Shipped exams are printed by CMS then shipped to schools. PDF exams are cheaper, and we supply PDF documents of the exam for teachers/organizers to print.
  • For online exams, we use Webtest, an online testing platform. Teachers are given exam codes to provide to students on exam day, students log into webtest using a computer and write the exam online.
  • The set of questions is the same for all students of all grades.  All questions are multiple-choice.  There are:
    • Five introductory questions, worth 4 points each;
    • Five intermediate questions, worth 5 points each; and
    • Five advanced questions, worth 7 points each.
  • Maximum score: 80 points.
  • To discourage guessing, we award 1 point for any question left unanswered.
  • It’s multiple choice, so you don’t need to “show your work”, but can of course use scrap paper.
  • No, we also offer it in French.  Please make sure your teacher knows which language you want.


  • Usually, yes.  That is the normal situation.
  • For students who want to participate whose school cannot or will not participate as a group, we have limited space at our Open Writing Centres. See the Independent Students section of our FAQ for details about this.
  • No.  While the vast majority of our competitors are in Canada, we also have some students around the world competing.  Students outside Canada compete in the “International” division instead of the “Canadian” division.  See our Prizes and Awards page for more information.
  • You can contact other schools in your area to see if they are participating and are willing to accept students from other schools. You may also be able to participate as an “Independent Student” through one of our Open Writing Centres. See the Independent Students section of our FAQ for details about this.
  • Yes, you are eligible to register for more than one competition each year.

Independent Students

  • It’s usually a room on the campus of one of our partner universities.  They have arranged to have a proctor/instructor available to administer the competition.  Not all universities have this, and for those that do, space is limited. If there are any OWCs with space available, these will be listed on our competition’s home page once registration opens.
  • If your school is unable or unwilling to run the competition for a group of students, you should check the OWC list to see if there is one that you are able to get to.
  • Please note that you have to pay online for your registration in order to secure a spot.
  • Almost all are in-person.
  • We may be able to offer one or two OWCs that can proctor you remotely.  If you see an option in the list of available OWCs that indicates it is “remote” instead of “in person”, then you could sign up for that one.
  • For remote proctoring, you will require a reliable internet connection, web browser, web cam, and software like Zoom.  All IDs are carefully checked.  You should be prepared to arrive on zoom and check in with the proctor there at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • 1. First thing is to make sure there is an OWC that has space for you that you can attend.  There is a list of available OWCs on the competition home page once registration opens.
  • 2. Click Register Now.  This takes you to a login page for our Competition Portal.  If you don’t have an account already, you need to create one.  Enter your email address when prompted.  Then wait for an email to arrive in your inbox (check your Junk/Spam folders too, in case they get sent there).  It should arrive in a few minutes.
  • 3. Open the verification email we sent you and click the link inside.  Then you can set a password for your portal account and enter your name.
  • 4. You’ll get the choice of creating a Student account or an account for a School.  Choose Student.
  • 5. Provide your address.  Our award divisions are based on geographic locations, and we also may need to mail you a physical prize or portfolio (or even a cheque) later.
  • 6. Now click to register for CJMC.  Choose the OWC (if available) you want from the list and provide the rest of your information, then confirm.  This creates an “unpaid order” which does not guarantee you a spot, so you next need to pay for it.
  • 7. Pay online using Paypal.  You don’t need your own Paypal account if you are paying with a credit card, but you can use your Paypal account if you have one.
  • 8. If you wish, you can click “Receipt” when you’ve finished paying to print or save it.
  • At any time thereafter, you can log into your Portal account using the email address and password you set.  In your Portal, you will see the details for the OWC you registered for (special instructions, specific location, etc.)
  • Yes. Log into your Portal account and click on the competition you have created an order for. Next, under “Orders”, click Details. This will bring you to a new page. Click Details again and you will have the option to print a receipt for your order.
  • Did you pay?  If so, then please contact our office.
  • If you didn’t pay, our system automatically erased abandoned registrations, so you will need to re-register.
  • You’ll need to contact our office for this.
  • Generally, we permit cancellations up until the registration deadline (November 10th), but there is a 10% service charge we retain.
  • Check the instructions for your Open Writing Centre through your Portal account.  If there are special requirements or instructions (e.g. parking, masks, etc.) they will appear there.
  • Bring your official government issued photo ID.
  • Bring two or more pencils (preferably dark, such as 2B) and a good eraser.
  • You won’t be allowed to use electronics such as a phone or calculator.
  • The proctor will greet you, check your ID and mark you on the attendance sheet.
  • The proctor will go over the basic rules and give you a Student Answer Sheet with your name on it.
  • When the proctor says “Begin”, you will receive or can open your Question booklet and start.
  • You get up to 90 minutes to complete your work and hand it in to the proctor at the end.
  • If you finish early, raise your hand and tell the proctor and then you can leave.
  • We email you as soon as the results are ready.  Expect about 7-10 days.
  • Your score and results will be detailed on your Portal account.  That’s also where you can get your official certificate.
  • Top students will be recognized on the competition’s public web pages.  You will also find the solutions and some statistics there to put your own results in proper context.
  • Yes. All official competitors will be issued a certificate.  If your results are strong and you earn an award, you will get an award certificate, otherwise you will receive a quartile-based certificate.  See our Prizes and Awards page for more information.

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