Computational & Algorithmic Thinking Competition (Chatswood, NSW)

We are proud to announce that North Shore Coaching College is an Authorised Testing Centre for the Computational & Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) Competition, administered by the Australian Maths Trust (AMT), which is under the Trusteeship of the University of Canberra.

The CAT has four divisions: Upper Primary (Years 5–6), Junior (Years 7–8), Intermediate (Years 9–10) and Senior (Years 11–12). Most students will sit the paper that corresponds to their school year, but this is not compulsory.

Is this competition suitable for my child?

Read our blog post to learn more about how CAT can help your child develop the skills of the future.

The CAT competition is a one-hour problem solving competition designed to encourage student curiosity and promote multiple modes of thinking. Neither teachers nor students will need computer programming ability, but the competition will help identify students’ computer programming potential—something that they might not normally have the opportunity to demonstrate.

The competition is an ideal activity to encourage students to solve real-world problems. It is suitable for all students as it enables them to become more confident and willing to take on new challenges. The competition has a mixture of multiple-choice and integer answers and incorporates unique ‘three-stage tasks’ that encourage students to develop informal algorithms and apply them to test data of increasing size or complexity. The original problems are designed to be quick to solve and highly approachable, and range in difficulty from very easy to challenging. Some questions test the ability to perform procedures, others require logical thought, while the more challenging problems require the identification and application of algorithms.

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Register for CAT 2021 Today!

Online registrations open on Monday 11 January 2021, and close 11:59pm (AEDT) on Friday 12 March 2021.

Each child must bring their own 2B or B pencil, eraser, ruler, calculator and printed language dictionary to sit the CAT competition.

All fees paid are non-refundable and non-transferable. North Shore Coaching College reserves the right to cancel enrolment due to capacity issues, in which case a full refund will be made.

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for registration to the Computational & Algorithmic Thinking Competition here.

Please complete separate bookings for each child you wish to enter; i.e. select desired tickets for Sibling 1, register, and complete payment, then come back to this page and repeat the process for Sibling 2, and so on.

  • CAT - Friday 26 Mar 2021 | 4:30pm - 5:45pm
    March 26, 2021
    4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
  • CAT - Saturday 27 Mar 2021 | 12:45pm - 2:00pm
    March 27, 2021
    12:45 pm - 2:00 pm


65 Archer St, Chatswood, New South Wales, 2067, Australia


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