We received good feedback from Finalist schools. Some teachers thought this year's Finals paper was easier than last year's, others thought the opposite! The mark distribution is shown below. A few teachers felt the paper was 'wordy'. There was a confusion in one problem over a rectangle and a square - sorry! Here are a few other comments.
I thought it was the best test ever - it really motivated me
Lots of different methods
That really got me thinking
It looked easy but it wasn’t
Really proud to have reached this far
I liked Chris Packet
They tried to trick us but I spotted it
Ickle Pickle was lovely
Ickle Pickle is my friend
Good to have it on recycled paper
I was absorbed into it
More interesting than a numeracy lesson
Glad it was multiple-choice
Brilliant names for people
Why does a café need 60 combinations?
I really enjoyed taking the PMC
Very worthwhile event for any school to enter
They were really excited about doing the challenge
Great paper - the pupils were seriously challenged
Some tricky ones in there
Great to see Sophie pushed and extended!
Challenging but accessible - just right
A welcome challenge for our bright young mathematicians
It really makes children think about maths in a different way
A ‘real’ maths paper - well done
Encouraged deep thinking
A thoroughly good challenge paper
We'll use the problems in Puzzle Club
Fantastic paper - I loved doing it
An assortment of excellent problems
2045 pupils were invited to take the Finals this year (pupils who scored 21 or more in the November 2009 PMC). The mark distribution was as shown:
% of pupils
The PMC Problems Team set a Finals paper for February 2010 which challenged the best young mathematicians in the country. Congratulations to all pupils who took the Finals and good luck to them in future maths challenges!
This year we awarded more medals than in any previous year. 414 PMC medals have been sent to award-winners. All Finalists also are awarded a PMC Finals certificate.
37 pupils scoring 24 - 25
145 pupils scoring 22 - 23
265 pupils scoring 20 - 21