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Important notice:
The 2024 honour rolls are now available.

The 2024 contests will be written on April 10, 2024.

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Dear Sir / Madam,

The Mathematics Contest Centre prepares some of the top mathematics competitions in North America. We are pleased to inform you that we are offering the students of your school the opportunity to participate in our contests again this year. You can register your students in seven different contests: the Thales (grade 3), Byron–Germain (grade 4), Fibonacci (grade 5), Pythagoras (grade 6), Euler (grade 7), Lagrange (grade 8), and Newton (grade 9) Contests. Since 1990, more than 1 000 000 students in Canada and the United States have participated in these contests and it is our hope that your students will participate this year.

A few years ago, UNESCO declared that learning mathematics through problem resolution activities was the most efficient way for a person to develop lasting mathematical skills and one of the best ways to prepare students to meet the challenges of the future. With this in mind, we design contests that will challenge and promote the problem solving skills of all your students. Schools who wish to receive previous contest questionnaires with detailed solutions to help them prepare their students can order them by completing the appropriate section of the registration form.

At the heart of our contests is the preparatory test (a shorter practice test which is posted on our website). The preparatory test serves 3 important functions:

Firstly : it defines the material of the students' curriculum that he or she must know to adequately prepare for the contest itself. It also defines the types of problems that will appear in the actual contest (the answers and the detailed solutions for the preparatory test will be posted in February on our website). Teachers should know that the curriculum taught varies from province to province. By means of the preparatory test, we ensure that the students of one province will not be favoured over the students of another.

Secondly : the material covered, the terms used, and the wording of the problems in the contest itself are the same as those used in the preparatory test. The students therefore can understand the meaning of each question in the actual contest and any ambiguity that might arise otherwise can be eliminated.

Thirdly : by resolving and understanding every aspect of the preparatory test, the student knows that he is preparing for the contest itself. The preparatory test is therefore a source of great motivation; students and their teachers try to imagine the problems in the actual contest that could be created from those in the preparatory test.

We hope that these contests will encourage all of your students to further develop their problem resolution skills. We look forward to your participation.

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