The AIME is the next step in the MAA series of competitions, where the top scorers of the AMC 10 and 12 qualify. Each year, there are roughly 3000 qualifiers, though the exact number varies year by year.
The AIME consists of 15 questions to be completed in 3 hours, and each answer is an integer between 000 and 999, inclusive. A student's AIME score is the number of questions they answer corrrectly. There is no negative marking.
The AIME test is meant to challenge talented students, and about 400 students are selected among these to take the USA's national math olympiad, which is the next stage in the series.
Syllabus & Schedule
Algebra, Geometry, Number Theory, and Combinatorics
Challenging contest with only a handful of high scores. Qualifying is quite an accomplishment, and very few are able to solve many questions on it. Deep understanding of the topics in necessary.
The AIME is generally sometime in early-to-mid March, and occurs about one month after the AMC 10/12.
The 2020 AIME I was administered on March 11, 2020.
Criteria & Format
The AIME exam is a 15 problem exam. There are 180 minutes given in the exam. Problems increase in difficulty as the problem number increases.
Criteria to Qualify
AIME qualifiers represent the top 2.5% of AMC 10 test-takers and the top 5% of AMC 12 test-takers.
The AIME exam is a 15 problem exam.
Visit our Archive to see the previous year problems.
There are 180 minutes given in the exam.
There is more time per problem, but the problems are still computational.
Problems increase in difficulty as the problem number increases.
These questions are difficult short-answer computational problems.
The AIME is the second exam in the series of exams used to challenge bright students on the path toward choosing the team that represents the United States at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO).
In 2020, 6% of USA(J)MO qualifiers attend Random Math
The USA(J)MO is America's national olympiad, where students qualify by performing in the top 150 of all AIME qualifiers.
Top scorers on the USA(J)MO are invited to the Math Olympiad Program (MOP), from which the U.S. IMO team is selected.