Waterloo’s Math Contest

BY A. GUNTURI

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Participants of this year’s math contest!

Ever heard of a math contest? Well if you haven’t, it’s pretty self explanatory. It’s a competition held by Waterloo University, for different ages. Grade 9s write the Pascal math contest; grade 10s write the Cayley, and the grade 11s write the Fermat.

This year’s math contest was written on February 25th. There were many grade 10s writing the contest, along with a few grade 9s and a couple of grade 11s. There are 25 multiple choice questions which are split into 3 parts (A, B anc C). Each part is harder than the previous and some questions can seem impossible to answer, but with the right amount of practice anything is possible.

The maximum time allowed for the contest completion is 60 minutes. Each correct answer is worth 5 in Part A, 6 in Part B, and 8 in Part C. There is no mark reduction for an incorrect answer (so guessing or taking a shot is absolutely ok). Each unanswered question is worth 2, to a maximum of 10 unanswered questions. Now I know that this may seem like it’s really hard, but trust me when I say that even trying this out is a great thing to do. So next year when this comes around listen to the announcements to sign up. Results are posted on Waterloo website, however exact scores for each individual are not posted.

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