American Mathematics Competition

Filed in Articles by on January 6, 2022

It’s another year, and competitions are rare, so you have to trust me on this one, and it’s worth trying. It’s the American mathematics competition, you think you are good at mathematics? Do you think you could beat the rest and be the best?

American Mathematics Competition

The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) are a set of progressively challenging examinations aimed at middle and high school pupils.

For gifted high school math students in the US, the AMC establishes the benchmark. The AMC curriculum is up-to-date and extensive.

Because the AMC examinations are so well-designed, some prestigious universities, like MIT, now request the students’ AMC results.

The term “AMC” is also an acronym for the American Math Contest, which encompasses the AMC 8, AMC 10, and AMC 12.


Unlike the current AMC, the 1950 AMC was only offered in New York, featured 50 questions, and was known as the Annual High School Contest. The Annual High School Contest went national two years later.

Over 17 years, there were also fewer questions—35 as opposed to 50. The Annual High School Mathematics Examination replaced the Annual High School Contest in 1974.

The American High School Examination (AHSC) and the AIME were both introduced in 1983. The American Junior High School Examination (now called the AMC 8) was first administered in 1985.

The AMC 10 and 12 were created in 2000 when the AHSME had only twenty-five questions. Two years later, the A and B versions of the AMCs were released.


Compared to almost all classrooms, AMC assesses mathematical problem solving using arithmetic, algebra, counting, geometry, number theory, and probability, with significantly greater subject area overlap.

For instance, number theory is viewed as a collection of shortcuts rather than as a whole subject of mathematics in most classes, where it is limited to divisibility laws and other small bits of information.

The AMCs employ number theory in considerably more profound (but basic, unanalyzed) ways. Test difficulty varies greatly.

It is not necessary to have any prior knowledge of calculus, analysis, or higher mathematics to take any of the three exams because of the way they are designed.


The American International Mathematical Olympiad team will be chosen by a series of tests, the first of which is the AMC exam. Students who achieve high scores on the American Mathematics Examination (AMC 10) or 12 are asked to participate in the examination.

Students who score highly on both the AMCs and the AIME, or who have a high AMC index, are asked to participate in the National Mathematics Olympiad of the United States of America.

Numerous top scorers proceed to the Math Olympiad Summer Program, which is split into three “colors” based on the individual’s score. Six of the twelve kids who make up the highest hue, black, will represent the United States in the IMO.

When and Where Do the American Mathematics Competition Take Place?

The AMC-8 contest happens in November, while the AMC-10 and AMC-12 occur in January or February. They are always around the same time, although the specific date may change each year. 

In 2022, the 10 and 12 were on Thursday, February 4th, and Wednesday, February 10th. The MAA (the competition organizers) haven’t yet announced the 2022 dates, but will soon.

Keep in mind, that the regular registration deadline is usually about two months before the competition date, and the late entry is a month before. Sign up early, so you don’t miss your shot!

The easiest way to find out where you can take any of the AMC tests is to use the zip-code search tool on the Mathematical Association of America’s website.

CSN Team.

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