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One-hour problem-solving competitions you should know! CAT competition is coming soon.



We know this is a pain for parents who want to find out some interesting and useful study experience opportunities for their children. Luckily, our team found this entry-level competition for children who are interested in computing and maths with zero knowledge or experience.


From this blog, you will know all about this competition and how it works and encourage children to step in computing and mathematics.


  • What is CAT

The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition is a problem-solving competition designed by the Australian Maths Trust (AMT) to encourage student curiosity and promote computational thinking.

It is the pre-competition of the Oxford University Computing Challenge (OUCC).


This year, PGA holds the authority to organize CAT in New Zealand.


  • Who can take this competition

​The CAT has four divisions: Upper Primary (NZ years 6–7), Junior ( NZ years 8–9), Intermediate (NZ years 10–11) and Senior (NZ years 12–13).


Participants DO NOT need any computer programming ability, but the competition helps identify students’ computer programming potential and encourage students to solve real-world problems. It is suitable for any mathematics class and the process helps students become more confident as they take on interesting new challenges.

  • When it starts

In 2022, CAT will be held online from Wednesday 4, May to Friday 6, May. Participants will have one hour to finish CAT. It has a mixture of multiple-choice and integer answers questions. Questions are designed to be quick to solve and highly approachable, and range in difficulty from very easy to challenging.


  • How to register for the competition

​Contact us through the website form or social media:

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