The Caribou Mathematics Competition is a worldwide online contest that is held six times throughout the school year. Each of these days, six contests are offered, one for each of the grade levels 2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 and each one in English, French, Persian, Mandarin, Ukrainian, and Azerbaijani.
The Caribou Cup is the series of all Caribou Contests in one school year. Each student’s ranking in the Caribou Cup is determined by their performance in their best 5 of 6 contests through the school year.
All support materials (written solutions, previous contests as well as online practice tests, online math and logic games, online mini courses) are also available without contest participation. Many of them are free.
Overview of Caribou Contests
Caribou is an international online math competition run by a small team in Canada and representatives in other countries.
A short summary:
Levels: 6 grade levels offered (2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12)
Students can participate in only one contest level.
Students can participate in either their grade level or higher, never a lower grade level.
Strong students are encourage to participate in a higher level.
Try out previous contests first to decide in which grade level to participate.
6 languages on offer: English, French, Persian, Mandarin Chinese, Azerbaijani and Ukrainian
Cash prizes are awarded to top performing students at the end of the year.
Full results on the evening of each contest’s end
Interactive questions using fun math & logic games (every contest, announced 2 weeks in advance)
Math History questions (two contests per year, announced 2 weeks in advance)
Video solutions on Youtube & Dailymotion channels
All previous contests including interactive questions available as previous tests online 24/7
Certificates of participation and merit for individual contests and for the whole Caribou Cup, which counts the best 5 out of 6 contests
Any school-aged child can participate in Caribou Contests, no matter their nationality or schooling situation. The competition is online so you can participate from anywhere in the world!
To participate you need only 4 things:
A Contact person to run the contest (For Pakistan: your contact representative is Eye on Ivy)
A place to write the contest
A device with internet access (computers are preferred but tablets and smartphones are also possible)
A valid access code
These are the contest rules one agrees to when participating in Caribou Contests:
An adult must be present to supervise the contest and ensure fair participation.
Once started, students have 50 consecutive minutes to complete the test.
If a student is idle for 30 minutes, their participation will automatically close.
Calculators are neither permitted nor necessary. We recommend using a pencil and paper.
Students are to write the test individually, with no outside help
(i.e. from other students, parents, teachers, cheatsheets, textbooks, the internet etc.).
Participants may not communicate about the questions before the end of the 2nd contest day.
Students may only participate in one contest level.
We count on the supervising adults and the integrity of participants to ensure that these rules are followed. However, we have also developed a series of statistical tools to help identify unfair participation. When unfair participation is detected, we reserve the right to remove the student’s contest entry from ranking. For more information about these tools, see our page about Unfair Participation.
What others are saying about Caribou:
School principals, teachers and parents from around the world have reported an increase in their student’s skills, confidence and interest in mathematics. There has been a rise in student’s overall performance and motivation. Teachers are delighted to have an inclusive and interactive platform that is perfect for online engagement.
The Contest takes place on 6 two day events in the school calendar for all grade levels:
14th(Wed) & 15th(Thu) October, 2020
11th(Wed) & 12th(Thu) November, 2020
13th(Wed) & 14th(Thu) January, 2021
10th(Wed) & 11th(Thu) February, 2021
7th(Wed) & 8th(Thu) April, 2021
5th(Wed) & 6th(Thu) May, 2021
The students may participate on either of the given two days as per their convenience or teacher’s discretion. The contests can be started from any time between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm. Students are given 50 minutes to complete the test, and the results are announced that very night.
Cost of Participation:
Individual Student participation PKR 3,000.00
School Wide Contest Participation: PKR 75,000.00
How to Register for Caribou Contests
How you register for Caribou Contests depends on your situation. Choose the option which best describes your situation.