PMC - FAQs

1. Orders 2017/18

The next round of PMC will be taken any time during the week beginning 13th November 2017. You can order from April 2017 onwards. Please try to order by September, orders received online qualify for a reduction in price.

Paid packs will be sent out on October 30th. If your pack has not arrived by Thursday 9th November 2017 you can contact the PMC office. Unpaid packs will be sent out during the following week so may take a little longer to reach you. All packs will be sent out using Royal Mail tracking system.

It is not possible to order by phone.

Registration has to be done only by schools - parents and private tutors of children attending schools may not register children for the PMC.

If your child is home schooled then please email us for further instruction.

For schools that have entered in the past, please note that the PMC ID number identifies your school only as having previously entered pupils in the PMC. It does not mean your school is a registered member of The Mathematical Association.

Completed Order Forms will be accepted until the 13th October 2017. We cannot guarantee delivery on forms received after this date. Online orders will be accepted after this date.

Payment Methods

We will send out invoices where needed, please be aware that non-payment of the invoice delays the dispatch of packs so please ensure it is paid by the end of October.

Cheques are payable to The Mathematical Association

For payment by BACs:

Bank Account Name: The Mathematical Association

Account Number: 01173188

Sort Code: 23 84 83
 

2. Not received your order?

If you have not received your PMC packs by the 9th November please send us an email clearly stating your school name and postcode ( pmc@m-a.org.uk ). We will respond, letting you know when/if we posted your PMC packs. Should packs get lost in the post, we will endeavour to supply more packs in time for your pupils to take the challenge. Please be patient if there is a strike in the postal service! BUT please check all school areas (eg. school office, caretaker's room, head's office, safe, classrooms) for the packs.

We cannot be held responsible for packs lost in transit. If you think the pack is lost you must inform the PMC Office. If a school contacts the PMC Office to say they have not received their order, we check our systems to ensure order has been processed and dispatched, only then will a replacement order be sent. Schools are asked that if the first order is eventually delivered, then it be returned to the PMC Office. (The replacement pack has a label identifying it as a replacement).
 

3. Small orders

PMC packs are available in packs of ten papers (which include instructions, certificates, mark scheme, Answers and Notes). We can only supply complete packs - we do not sell single papers. We will send out an invoice if you wish but be aware that the posting of packs will be delayed until paid orders have been despatched. This could result in the packs not arriving in time for the Challenge date. Payment can be made by cheque, BACS, credit card or Sagepay.
 

4. Photocopying Question Papers

PMC Question Papers are copyrighted therefore photocopying of the papers is not allowed.
 

5. VAT

PMC packs, postage and handling charge attracts VAT at 20% and this needs to be applied to all orders. Schools can claim the VAT back.
 

6. Certificates

It is the intention that teachers decide how the certificates be awarded. One gold, two silver and three bronze certificates are provided in each pack, and a photocopiable 'Took the Challenge' certificate is provided for everyone else. Decisions are therefore an 'in-school' task. The spirit of the PMC is that, in each school, there will be a number of gold, silver and bronze pupils who deserve certificates!

Extra copies of certificates may be ordered from the PMC Office at a cost of 50p each. A stamped self-addressed A5 envelope is required otherwise a handling charge of £1.50 will be requested before the certificate(s) are posted. Please do not send cheque payments for less than £3; postage stamps can be substituted for such amounts.
 

7. Results deadline

The deadline for Tally Sheets and Feedback Forms is in the first week of December - the actual date is provided in the Instructions that go out with the PMC packs. Results received after this date may well result in high-scoring pupils not being invited to take the PMC Bonus Round the following February.
 

8. PMC Bonus Round

The Bonus Round takes place on the Wednesday of the first week in February - see the Instructions for the date. Pupils who score 19 or more are not automatically invited to take the PMC Finals in February. The invitations depend on how many pupils score 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25. . It is generally only 1-2% of the participants who are invited to take part, so don't be disappointed if nobody from your school is included.

The PMC is organised through schools. Invitations to take the Bonus Round are sent to the school. The papers are marked by UKMT. Results are available by the end of the spring term and main details of results are also posted on the PMC webpage. The MA handles enquiries with the school and not directly with parents. If a parent has a query, he/she should contact the school and seek an answer to their question. The MA cannot enter into correspondence directly with parents.

For other information about the PMC please email the PMC Office at pmc@m-a.org.uk

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