Beginning in 2010, Greater Testing Concepts is
offering two choices for how contest materials are
sent to participating schools. The first option is to
choose mail delivery, which means that all contest
materials (contest originals for all five rounds,
welcome letter, scoresheet, administration guidelines,
code sheet, and a set of four ribbons) will be sent
via Priority Mail by the second week of October. The
second option is to choose to download materials from
this web site. Most welcome packet documents are
posted on the Forms page, while the contest original
for a given round becomes available for download
beginning the Thursday before the week in which that
round is scheduled. The test questions may only be
accessed by registered coaches upon logging into their
Here are a few more facts to keep in mind when
deciding between electronic and mail delivery.
- The registration deadline for mail delivery is
traditionally near the start of October, to leave
time for assembling and mailing welcome packets in
early October. Enrollment with electronic delivery
continues through the end of October, until just
prior to the first round of the Mandelbrot
- The registration fee is slightly higher for mail
delivery, to cover the cost of shipping and printing
ribbons. Participation at one level, either regional
or national, costs $35 (electronic) or $42 (mail)
while enrolling at both levels costs $50
(electronic) or $60 (mail).
- Note that tests are available via download for all
coaches of participating schools, regardless of
their delivery method. In other words, a coach could
receive test originals by mail, misplace the round
two original, and then download a replacement from
the web site.
- Solutions to the Mandelbrot Competition questions
are not distributed ahead of time. (In particular,
they are not included with the mail delivery welcome
packet.) All coaches must download these from the
web site, whether they have chosen mail or
electronic delivery for the test questions.
Solutions become available on Thursday of the
contest week; coordinators must login to their
Mandelbrot account to access the solutions.
- Ribbons are only included for schools registering
with mail delivery. Ribbons cannot be ordered
separately by schools selecting electronic
- Schools from outside the U.S. and Canada are
required to select electronic delivery.