No prior experience in computer programming is necessary

4 different levels suitable for students from Years 5 to 12

Hosted by the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) - one of the world's leading authorities in math

Past problems available for preparation

Date: 10th May 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 (60 min)


The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) is a national non-profit organization whose purpose is to enrich the teaching and learning of mathematics for students of all standards. AMT holds mathematics and informatics competitions, administer enrichment activities, conducts workshops for students and teachers, and publishes books on mathematical enrichment for Australian and international students. The AMT is based at the University of Canberra with representatives on our board from the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers, Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Mathematical Society.

The Computational and Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) competition focuses on the skills behind computer programming and algorithm design, but does not require any specific knowledge of programming or programming languages. There are 9 questions to be completed in one hour.

AMT Committee and ASDAN China (ASDAN Academy) have cooperated to bring the CAT to China from 2017. Students could improve their logic thinking though this competition. Over 6000 Students from 320 international and key middle schools have participated in it in 2019, and many of them have achieved perfect scores.

Competition Rules


English & Chinese


10th May 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 (60 min)

  • Individual written test
  • 4 different levels suitable for students from Years 5 to 12

There are 9 questions. Questions 1–6 are multiple choice with five possible answers given. Questions 7–9 (each with three parts) require a three-digit answer. Attempt all questions.


• Online: exam computer must be equipped with a camera
• Exam center: recommend students at the exam center choose their own school, non-exam center students choose to take the contest online, or contact the relevant responsible teacher to apply for the exam center


There are four papers:

  • A - Upper Primary (Years 5–6)
  • B - Junior (Years 7– 8)
  • C - Intermediate (Years 9–10)
  • D - Senior (Years 11–12)
National Awards:

  • DISTINCTION: Top 20%
  • CREDIT: Top 55%
Academic training materials

Past problems available for preparation



includes exam, grading and certificate fee, proctor fee, past papers and academic fee (ASDAN doesn't provide any trainings).

Registration Deadline

27th April, 2020 (Exam center)
4th May, 2020 (online)

Exam Centers


1、Can the students bring a calculator to CAT?
Calculators without any programming function can be used on any round for CAT.
2、Can the students bring a dictionary to CAT?

The students can bring the printed version dictionary.

3、Refund policy

If, for some reason, the student is unable to attend after paying the fee, please contact us. If you apply before the registration deadline, 25% of the registration fee will be deducted as academic materials and service fees. If you apply after the registration deadline, no refund will be given.

4. How to claim ASDAN student number?

Click here to view the claim

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