The BC Secondary Schools Math Contest did not run in 2020 and 2021, as organizers of the Final Round events at post-secondary institutions across the province didn't see a way to bring students to their campuses safely. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to do so this year, but with safely in mind, the Final Round experience will not include some of the activities that have traditionally been part of the day. We all hope that the Final Round of the contest will return in all its glory in 2023!
Please note the anticipated changes for the Final Round in 2022, described below in italics.
The goal of the BC Secondary Schools High School Math Contest is to provide interested students (and their teachers) with a chance to have fun and stretch themselves a little mathematically. We are not trying to single out the very best of the province - there are other contests which do that. Instead, we want to get as many students as possible involved in doing and enjoying mathematics.
Originally, two or three colleges in BC ran their own regional math competitions. Now more than ten universities and colleges join together to offer their local high school students a chance to have fun at a regional math contest.
The contests are made up centrally by a group of faculty from various institutions but are administered locally.
The questions vary in degree of difficulty, but our intention is that students who are reasonably good at high school math can successfully answer many of the questions. There are, of course, several more challenging problems as well, for the students who find high school math "too easy". One of our local high school teachers has said that it is good for students to get a chance to try problems which require more ingenuity than proficiency with algorithms: she said that many of her students surprised themselves by what they accomplished.
The Preliminary Round of the contest is typically held in early April and is written in the participating high schools. It consists of 12 multiple-choice questions and takes 45 minutes. There are two levels: the junior contest is written by students in grades 8-10, while the senior contest is written by students in grades 11 and 12. The high school teachers mark the papers, using an answer key provided. There are no restrictions on the number of students who may write this round.
The Final Round is typically held at the beginning of May on campus at a sponsoring university or college. Again, there is a junior level and a senior level. For the Final Round hosted at UFV, each participating school may send up to 8 students total. (For example, a school may send 5 senior contestants and 3 junior contestants, or perhaps just 8 junior contestants.) This round is made up of 10 multiple-choice questions and 5 long-answer questions.
While the students are writing the Final Round, their teachers have a chance to participate in professional development activities centred around - what else? - mathematics enrichment activities. Then while the contests are being marked, everyone enjoys a lunch provided by the hosting institution and then gets to try out the enrichment activities.
Note - in 2022, we will not have lunch or enrichment activities together, in the interest of safety for the guests and the hosts. Contestants and teachers will collect swag bags and return to their schools following the writing of the contest at roughly 11 AM.
Prizes for the final round are awarded at the end of the day. At UFV prizes include tuition waivers for the top seven seniors and top seven juniors, as well as gift certificates, books, puzzles and other goodies.
Note - in 2022, scoring of the contests will be done over the weekend, in the interest of safety for the markers. Results for each school will be released to their teacher early the following week, along with the announcement of the winners of the tuition waivers.
Tentative Contest Dates for 2022: We hope to be able to safely run the BC Secondary Schools Math Contest again in 2022. If we do, ...
- Preliminary round will take place within the first two weeks of April.
- Registration for the final round at UFV will be due by Friday, April 22.
- The final round at UFV will take place on May 6.
The UFV Department of Mathematics and Statistics is grateful to UFV and the Canadian Mathematical Society for their financial support towards our hosting of the BC High Schools Math Contest.
2021 | Contest was not held
2020 | Contest was not held
2019 | Provincial Report for 2019 (including local winners)
2018 | Provincial Report for 2018 (including local winners)
2017 | Provincial Report for 2017 (including local winners)
2016 | Provincial Report for 2016 (including local winners)
2015 | Provincial Report for 2015 (including local winners)