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The CEMC (Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing) is a division of the University of Waterloo, located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, that deals with the teaching of mathematical subjects to students in Canada and around the world.


The CEMC is now known as Canada's most recognized organization for promoting and creating activities for mathematics and computer science. In their mission statements, it quotes:

"The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing aims to increase enjoyment, confidence and ability in mathematics and computer science among students and teachers in Canada and internationally."

They organize face-to-face workshops, the publication of books, lots of online resources and competitions in order to reach their goal.

CEMC Contest Overview

Annually, CEMC holds competitions that varies from the elementary to the high-school level which is based on the nationwide curriculum. Like many math tests, the CEMC tests require problem solving. Each competition, with the exception of Fryer, is named after a famous mathematician.

These competitions include:

  • 4 multiple choice competitions for elementary and high-school level students.
  • 4 full solution competitions for high-school level students.
  • A Team Mathematics competition.
  • Computing competitions for beginners and experts.

Calculators can be used in most of the tests, but it can not have internet access, send information to other devices, or store notes.

Multiple Choice Tests

CEMC Multiple Choice Tests
Region: Canada
Type: Multiple Choice
Difficulty: 0.5 - 3
Difficulty Breakdown:

Part A: 0.5-1.5
Part B: 1-2
Part C (Gauss/Pascal): 2-2.5
Part C (Cayley/Fermat): 2.5-3

In the multiple choice tests, solvers have 60 minutes to solve 25 questions. The questions are divided into three parts. Part A has 10 questions worth 5 points each, Part B has 10 questions worth 6 points each, and Part C has 5 questions worth 8 points each. Unanswered questions get 2 points (up to 10 unanswered questions), and incorrect answers grant 0 points.

Below are the list of multiple choice tests of the CEMC:

Free Response Tests

CEMC Free Response Tests
Region: Canada
Type: Free Response, Proof
Difficulty: 1 - 6
Difficulty Breakdown:

CEMC Fryer/Galois/Hypatia: 1-2 (Problem 1-2), 2-5 (Problem 3-4)
CIMC and CSIMC: 1-4 (Part A), 1.5-4.5 (Part B)
CEMC Euclid: 1-3 (Problem 1-6), 3-6 (Problem 7-10)

For the CEMC Fryer/Galois/Hypatia/Eucli/, some questions only require the answer while other questions require a full solution with quality presentation. Many questions have multiple parts. People taking the Fryer, Galois, and Hypatia Tests have 75 minutes to answer 4 questions, and people taking the Euclid Test have 2.5 hours to solve 10 questions.

Below are the list of free response tests of the CEMC:

Computing Competitions

The CEMC also has some computing competitions, like the ones below.