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Incoming Grade 8 Challenge Exams

2021 March Update: Due to COVID restrictions, the Grade 8 Challenge Exams will not be offered at Byng during this school year.

Purpose: The Math 8 challenge exam will identify students who demonstrate a superior knowledge of all areas of the Math 8 curriculum and recommend them for Math 9.

Challenge Exam Content: The exam will require students to demonstrate superior knowledge of requisite concepts important for success in the Math 9 course. Topics include:

  • Numbers (divisibility rules, prime and composite numbers, prime factorization)
  • Integer operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, order of operations)
  • Fractions (simplifying fractions, operations and decimal conversions)
  • Ratios, rates and percent (operations, word problems)
  • Algebra (evaluating expressions, combining terms, distributive property, solving multi-step equations, graphing basic functions).
  • Exponents (exponent laws, square roots, Pythagorean theorem)
  • Geometry (angles, definitions, parallel lines, triangles, quadrilaterals)
  • Measurement (area of quadrilaterals, triangles and circles, perimeter, surface area and volume).

Please see the following for a list of topics and links to reference material.

We are not able to provide preparation materials for the challenge exam.

Time and Location:

Date:            Tuesday May 19th, 2020 8:50 am 

Location:     Lord Byng Secondary Library

Time:            The exam will need to be completed within 90 minutes. No calculators are permitted.

The exam will end around 10:30 am. Parents can pick their child up at this time.


If you believe your child meets the requirements for the challenge exam, please follow procedures outlined below:

  • Ensure that your child is able to confidently work through the Math 8 curriculum under timed conditions.
  • Please provide your details and contact info here so you can be notified of results.
  • Your child’s Grade 7 teacher must email to recommend your child to write the Math 8 challenge exam. Please ask your child’s teacher to provide your child’s full legal name and name of elementary school. Only students who have been recommended by their Grade 7 teacher through email will be permitted to write the exam. No walk-ins accepted.
  • Recommendation emails from Grade 7 teacher must be received by Friday 8th May, 2020. No late recommendations are accepted to facilitate planning for the exam.
  • If your child is able to demonstrate a superior knowledge of the Math 8 material, their names will be forwarded to the Grade 8 counsellor for placement into Math 9. If not, they will be placed in Math 8 for the next school year.
  • There will be no other opportunities to write the Math 8 challenge exam. Please ensure that your child is available and ready to write the Math 8 challenge exam on the given date.