The Comprehensive Guide to AMC: American Mathematics Competitions

In this guide, we have everything you need to know about AMC: American Mathematics Competitions (AMC10 & AMC12) for both domestic and international students
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Applying to the world’s top universities, students need to prepare for various standardized tests and participate in competitions. For example, math competitions, business competitions, volunteering, and other activities will reflect your involvement outside of the classroom setting. Among activities to participate in, the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) is one of the highly respected competitions.     

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    1. What is the AMC ?

    AMC (American Mathematics Competitions) is an international mathematics competition sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Its full name is the American Mathematics Competition. The AMC is the first of a series of competitions in secondary school mathematics that determine the United States team for the International Mathematical Olympiad.  

    As one of the most popular high school competitions in North America, AMC attracts more than 300,000 students in the North America competition each year. It is one of the most prestigious math competitions and attracts a vast pool of participants. It is divided into three levels: AMC 8, 10, and 12.   

    AMC 8 is for students in grade 8 and below.  
    AMC 10 is for students in grade 10 and below  
    AMC 12 is for students in grade 12 and below.  

    Besides AMC 8, 10, 12, there are three other competitions under MAA American Mathematics Competitions:

    AMC competitions
    2. So, why is AMC attracting so many students from all over the world?

    Founded in 1950, American Mathematics Contest has the mission to increase interest in mathematics and develop problem-solving skills. American Mathematics Competitions is a highly valued competition across top colleges in America. If you score in the top 2.5% of AMC 10 and top 5% of AMC 12, you are then invited to participate in AIME (American Invitation Mathematics Examination). A perfect score for both AMC and AIME will earn you a spot in the USAJMO (United States of America Mathematical Olympiad), then eventually the International Mathematical Olympiad.   

    Note: If you’re an international student studying in America, you can’t participate on the US team for the International Mathematical Olympiad. However, a high score for AMC and AIME will help you stand out in the college applications.   

    Especially for students with an interest to pursue science and engineering (STEM), the results will be the best proof and showcase of your potential to succeed in college. Top universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), California Institute of Technology (CalTech), and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) specifically ask for AMC/AIME scores in their application materials.   

    Carnegie Mellon University AMC
    3. How to prepare for AMC

    If you’re interested in participating in the AMC 10/12, it’s recommended that you should practice questions to be familiar with the problems and format: Link 1 – Link 2

    Practice, practice, and practice is the key to be successful in the AMC. If your school offers AMC tests or has a Math club, be proactive, and ask your math teacher for coaching sessions. They will provide you with resources and help mentor you through the process. 

    If you need additional classes outside of regular class time to practice, consider signing up for one of Aralia Education’s AMC 10 and AMC 12 Preparation Programs. 

    • The AMC 10 program provides a total of 10 lessons, 90 minutes per lesson, and 1 lesson/week.
    • The AMC 12 program provides a total of 9 lessons, 90 minutes per lesson, and 1 lesson/week.
    • Our teacher has a master’s degree in mathematics from Tufts University, specializing in mathematical analysis, abstract algebra, geometry, and topology. During his time in university, he was admitted as an honor student by MIT and participated in many conceptual mathematic lectures and linguistics seminars at MIT.   

    Due to high demand, our class only admits 4-7 students. Qualified students who show passion and potential in mathematics should register to take the course. If this sounds like you, please read more information about course registration below.   

    4. AMC registration time

    Entering the fall semester, the registration time for the AMC competition is approaching. For the majority of high school students, the registration times for AMC10/12 are: 

    The term A and B in the AMC refers to two sets of exams per year, AMC 10A and AMC 10B & AMC 12A and AMC 12B. The only difference between two is competition date, because AMC 10B/12B gives students a second chance to qualify for AIME. 

    • AMC10/12A Early bird registration: before December 2, 2020 
    • AMC10/12A Regular registration: December 3-December 19, 2020   
    • AMC10/12A Late registration: December 20, 2020-January 9, 2021 
    • AMC10/12A Examination time: February 4, 2021 


    • AMC10/12B Early bird registration: before December 8, 2020 
    • AMC10/12B Regular registration: December 9, 2020-January 9, 2021  
    • AMC10/12B Late Registration: January 10-January 13, 2021 
    • AMC10/12B Examination time: February 10, 2021 

    For more detailed information about the timeline: (

    AMC calendar
    5. AMC Preparation Program Feedback

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    6. AMC Preparation Program
    AMC10 AMC 12 Preparation Class
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