Frequently Asked Questions

When does the FMC take place?

FMC will take place at a time to suit you during a three week period: 22nd June - 10th July 2020.

How much does it cost?

Packs cost £12.00 plus VAT charged at 20%.

Early Bird Discount will be offered at £11.00 per pack plus VAT until midnight on 30th April 2020.

How many papers are there in each pack?

Each pack purchased contains 10 question papers – this is enough to enter 10 pupils. We regret that we cannot offer smaller packs or single papers.

How do I place my order?

You should place your order using the online order form on this website. You are given the option to pay by credit/debit card using our secure payment processor SagePay, or by invoice – please provide a purchase Order number and a separate email address for your finance department.

I haven’t received my order. What do I do?

We track all packs so do not panic! 2020 packs will be dispatched on 29th May. You need to let us know by 15/06/2020 if your packs have not arrived and we should be able to track them down for you. Before contacting the FMC Office, please make sure that you have checked that your order has been sent and you have the confirmation email. Generally we find packs have been received by the school but not passed to the contact teacher so please check this is not the case before contacting us here. 

Can I photocopy the FMC papers?

No. Photocopying the FMC paper is not allowed, they are protected by copyright held by The Mathematical Association. If you need to purchase extra papers please call us to arrange this on 0116 2210014 

When do the results need to be sent to FMC office?

As soon as possible after your pupils have sat the paper. An online form will be emailed to your main contact.

SEND Pupils – additional provisions

If you have a pupil who is allowed extra provisions in formal testing then we will allow the same provision for that child taking part in the FMC. If you are unsure give us a call on 0116 2210014.

Can overseas schools take part?

Yes. We are happy to receive orders from overseas schools. There will be an extra postage cost for these orders to cover the tracking cost. Packs are posted out by Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed, International Signed For, or International Tracked postage, if you would prefer your order to be sent by courier please contact us for an individual price prior to placing your order.

Can I order subsequent papers if I do not have enough?

Yes. Please call or email us to let us know that you are placing a second order otherwise it may be classed as a duplicate order and deleted.

How do you deal with GDPR?

All information handled by The Mathematical Association/First Mathematics Challenge is covered by our privacy policy, which can be viewed here

Can I post the paper on Social Media?

As we are giving schools a three week period in which to do the paper, we would ask that you do not post any content from the paper on any social media platforms during this time. We are happy for you to post the front page but please make sure this is all! After the Challenge has taken place you can post as you wish, but please respect the schools who may not have had a chance to take part until the last day.

Can schools send pictures to the FMC office?

Yes please! As this is the FMC pilot year we will actively encourage all schools to send us as much feedback and photos of their pupils enjoying the Challenge as possible.

If you give your permission we will use your photos on our website and in our advertising where appropriate. 


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