Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest

University of Toronto Mississauga hosts Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest every year at our campus for students from grades 1-12.

Canadian Math Kangaroo 2016 Contest

It was a very busy day at UTM this past Sunday, March 20th. UTM hosted the annual Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest as well as the March Break Open House.

With over 450 students from grades 1 through 12 participating in the math competition, the event was a success. We’d like to congratulate everyone who wrote the contest and thank the MCS staff and undergraduate and graduate student-volunteers who donated their time to make this day possible.

Photos from the 2016 Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest can be found here:

Canadian Math Kangaroo 2015 Contest

On Sunday, March 29th, UTM hosted close to 600 students of all grade levels for the annual Mathematics Kangaroo Competition. The contest originated in 1991 and has been running successfully every year in over 40 countries around the globe.  There are no special requirements to enter the contest, other than enthusiasm to learn and to meet others with similar interests. The contest consists of 24 – 30 multiple choice questions and takes 45 – 75 minutes to write, depending on the grade level. 

Math Kangaroo Contest is not exactly a one-day event though.  Many students participated in numerous preparation sessions before enrolling into the contest even though participation was not mandatory.  “I knew that I can prepare for the contest independently but I was excited to meet other students who are interested in math. That’s why I participated in a contest preparation class”, said a student in grade 9.  Parents had positive comments about the preparation process as well.  A parent of a grade 5 student said: “I noticed that my son was nervous but excited about taking part in the contest, so first I enrolled him in a contest-preparation online course over the summer.  It was evident that he became more confident about his skills after taking that class.” 

The event could not take place without the work and dedication of undergraduate and graduate student-volunteers who generously donated their time to invigilate the contest, grade the answer sheets and to make the students and their parents welcome at UTM.

If you like to take a peek at how the day unfolded, please enjoy the photos taken by Charlene Chu, the head volunteer and Mariya Boyko, the UTM Math Kangaroo helper at this link:

Canadian Math Kangaroo 2014 Contest

Approximately 500 grade 1-12 pupils took part in the  2014 Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest at the University of Toronto Mississauga on March 23th, 2014. Congratulations to the contestants, and thank you to the MCS staff and student volunteers who helped.
Contestants Volunteers

The Math Kangaroo jumps right into U of T Mississauga!


 By Mariya Boyko


On Sunday, March 24th over 350 students of all grade levels took part in the Math Kangaroo international contest that was housed in the Instructional Building at University of Toronto Mississauga.  Excitement and anticipation were in the air from the moment the first students and parents entered the auditorium where they waited patiently for the start of the contest.  At 10:30 a.m. the students were lead to their designated rooms in order to start the competition sharply at 11 a.m. The contest invigilators were especially impressed by the excellent self-conduct and listening skills of the younger students.  The training sessions held at U of T Mississauga on March 2nd and 16th allowed the students to familiarize themselves with the rules of the contest, the content of the questions and the schedule of the competition day.  While the students were competing for the National and Regional Math Kangaroo Awards, the parents listened to a thought-provoking lecture, about the role of mathematics in our lives and opportunities for further learning, by Dr. Maria Wesslen.  After the competition was over, the contestants were given a certificate of participation and an intellectually stimulating puzzle toy to take home. You should have seen the happy faces of the grade 1 students when they were leaving the contest room!

Math Kangaroo is an international contest with over 5,000,000 students from over 40 countries competing every year. The goal of the competition is to inspire the students to take mathematical challenges and to present mathematics in a positive and fun way. The contest consists of 30 multiple choice questions and lasts 60 minutes (for grades 1 – 6) to 75 minutes (for grades 7 – 12).  The students do not have the luxury of guessing because each wrong answer is penalized with negative points.

U of T Mississauga has been hosting the competition for a number of academic years and each year an improvement in terms of participation, organization and setup of the contest has been seen. This year the parents of the students in grades one, two, three and four were particularly satisfied with the distinct drop-off and pick-up locations. “The rooms are easy to find and I am not worried about losing my children in the crowd now. Last year, when all the students were brought back to the same room after the competition, my sons felt scared and I was not able to locate them right away. But this year they felt safe”, said a mother of two contestants, aged 8 and 10.  Many parents who overheard her comment agreed.  

Special thanks go to Ms. Yvette Ye, who is the Math Outreach Coordinator as well as the undergraduate counsellor in the U of T Mississauga Mathematics and Computational Sciences Department, and to Dr. Maria Wesslen, who runs the Math Circles program for mathematically gifted high school students and teaches various courses in mathematics to the U of TMississauga undergrads!

Grade 3-4 Students

(Grade 3-4 students holding certificates after the contest)