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Mathematical association of America

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The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) is the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. They further their understanding of the world through mathematics, because mathematics drives society and shapes our lives. The MAA's mission is to advance the understanding of mathematics and its impact on our world, displaying their core values of community, inclusivity, communication, teaching, and learning through their work.

MAA's American Mathematics Competitions

The MAA’s American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) program includes a series of examinations and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students. The AMC is a leading program in America for strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers. The program helps educators to identify talent and foster a love of mathematics in students through classroom resources and friendly competition, and aims to positively impact the analytical skills needed for future careers in an innovative society.

AMC 8

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics that is designed to promote students' development of problem-solving skills.

 

The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.

The material covered on the AMC 8 includes topics from a typical middle school mathematics curriculum. Possible topics include, but are not limited, to:

  • Counting and probability

  • Estimation

  • Proportional reasoning

  • Elementary geometry (incl. Pythagorean Theorem)

  • Spatial visualization

  • Everyday applications

  • Reading and interpreting graphs and tables

In addition, some of the later questions may involve linear or quadratic functions and equations, coordinate geometry, and other topics that are traditionally covered in a beginner algebra course.

Tentative Registration Deadline: Early December
Competition Date: January 

AMC 10/12

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examinations in high school mathematics that are designed to promote the development and enhancement of students' problem-solving skills.

The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. Students in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 10.

 

The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum (but excluding calculus). Possible topics include:

  • Trigonometry

  • Advanced algebra

  • Advanced geometry

Students in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 12.


The AMC 10/12 provides an opportunity for high school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. The AMC 10/12 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad.

Tentative Registration Deadline: Early October
Competition Date: November

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