The AMC 10/12 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examination in high school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills.
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. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.
The AMC 10 is the easier version of the contest, and students up to grade 10 are allowed to participate. Any student who is in 12th grade or under can take the harder AMC 12. Note that some questions do overlap.
The top 2.5% of AMC 10 test-takers qualify for AIME, while the top 5% of AMC 12 test-takers do. High scores on the AIME lead to USAJMO qualification if the student took the AMC 10, and USAMO qualification if they took the AMC 12. There are two tests, the A and the B, that are administered a week apart. If a student qualifies to AIME through any of these tests, they will be allowed to participate.
A correct answer will receive 6 points, while a blank one receives 1.5 points, and an incorrect one receives 0 points. Therefore, the maximum score is 150 points. AIME cutoffs are selected for the AMC 10/12 A/B, and students exceeding the cutoff qualify for the next level of competition, AIME. This score will later on be used in conjunction with the AIME score to determine a USA(J)MO index, which will be used to determine USA(J)MO qualification.
The AMC 10/12 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examination open to any high school student designed to promote problem solving and creative thinking. It is the first contest in a series run by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), which culminates in prestigious mathematical olympiads such as the USAMO and the IMO.
The AMC 12 is the harder version of the test, while the AMC 10 is only open to 10th graders or below. The top 5% of AMC 12 test-takers qualify for the next round, the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME), while only 2.5% of AMC 10 test-takers do. The AMC score, along with the AIME score, determines the next level of qualification, the USA(J)MO.
Syllabus & Schedule
Algebra, combinatorics, geometry, logic, number theory.
Talented high school students should be able to solve some problems.
About 3% of test-takers make it to the next level, the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME), and so solving that many problems can be quite challenging.
Some time in late January or early-to-mid February. Historically, the A takes place first week February while the B takes place sometime in the second week of february.
The 2020 AMC 10/12 was administered on January 30, 2020 and February 5, 2020.
Criteria & Format
The AMC 10/12 exam is a 25 problem exam. There are 75 minutes given in the exam. Problems generally increase in difficulty as the problem number increases.
Criteria to Qualify
There are no prerequisites to participate in this competition. Students participate through their school.
The AMC 10/12 exam is a 25 problem exam.
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There are 75 minutes given in the exam.
Generally, this is considered to be an easier but fast-paced test as compared to some of the other tests in the series.
Problems increase in difficulty as the problem number increases.
This is considered significantly easier in difficulty to the AIME and the USA(J)MO. The AMC 10 is easier than the AMC 12.