American Mathematics


American Mathematics Competitions at Carnegie Mellon University


Updated on December 8th, 2015 by Predrag Punosevac

Who is eligible?

The AMC 12 covers high school mathematics, and is for students in high school who are under 19.5 years of age. Students who are not enrolled in grades 11, 12 or equivalent are eligible for the AMC 10. The AMC 10 covers mathematics normally associated with grades 9 and 10, and is for students under 17.5 of age who are not enrolled in grades 11, 12, or equivalent. AMC 8 provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the junior high level to problems which not only range from easy to difficult but also cover a wide range of applications. We encourage all students in grades 6, 7, and 8 to participate in the AMC 8.

What if I am home-schooled?

Home-schooled students are particularly encouraged to participate in the AMC offered at Carnegie Mellon University since they are not affiliated to any other official high school based test sites.

What if I am residing in other state?

What about it? The AMC 10/12 and AMC 8 are national competitions.

What if I am not U.S. citizen?

Although foreign citizens will be permitted to take AMC 10/12 test(s) the American Mathematics Competitions (AMCs) are designed to determine the United States Mathematics Team, which competes in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) so you will be automatically disqualified from the later rounds based upon your citizenship status.

Can I compete on both, the AMC 10 and AMC 12?

Absolutely, if you are a student under 17.5 of age and not enrolled in grades 11, 12, or equivalent you can compete in both contests on two different dates: Tuesday, February 2, 2016 and Wednesday 17, 2016. Carnegie Mellon University will host both sessions of AMC 10/12 and very strongly encourages students younger than 17.5 to take part in AMC 10 and AMC 12.

How to sign up?

The Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science has already registered the official site. You can simply come to Gates&Hillman building room 4405 - Reddy Conference Room on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 beginning at 6:00 PM to participate in AMC 10/12A. AMC 10/12B will be held on Wednesday, February 17 of 2016 at 6:00 PM in GHC 4405. However, we do have limited number of seats (10 for the AMC 12 and 10 for the AMC 10) available so we encourage interested students and local high school teachers to contact Dr. Predrag Punosevac and make a reservation.

How much does it cost?

There are NO ENTRANCE/APPLICATION FEES for students. All fees has been already paid as a courtesy by Jump Trading.

About the exam

AMC 8 is a 25 question, 40 minute multiple choice test. AMC 10/12A and AMC 10/12B are given in convenient 75-minute interval. They are 25 questions in length, with approximately 12 questions common to both contests. They are multiple choice examination in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with pre-calculus concepts.

When and where is the test?

The AMC 10/12A will be held on Tuesday, February 2 of 2016 at GHC 4405 Both sessions will run from 6:00 PM to 7:15 PM. The AMC 10/12B will be held on Wednesday, February 17 of 2015 at GHC 4405.

What about parking?

You can park anywhere you like on the campus after 5:00 PM.

Can I bring my calculator?

No, absolutely not!!! No aids such as calculators will be allowed in either contest. All paper, pencils, and other needed materials will be supplied.

When will I get results?

Approximately couple of weeks after the test.

What AMC score do I need to get into University X?

From the February 14, 2006 blog of Ben Jones, in Admissions at MIT: "A good AIME score will certainly help you. I can't give you an exact number because it depends on how it fits into the overall context of your application, but you should report any AIME scores to us - they can never hurt you.''