American Mathematics Contest 10 (AMC 10)

amc10The AMC 10 is lauded as the oldest, largest and most prestigious math competition in the United States. The AMC 10 is part of the series of contests administered by the MAA American Mathematics Competitions that determines the United States team in the International Math Olympiad. The AMC 10 is for students in grades 10 and below. Two different versions of the contests are given on two different dates, the A and the B. Both the AMC 10A and the AMC 10B have the same number of questions, the same scoring and the same rules for administration. The only difference is that each has a distinct set of questions, although the two contests are designed to be equal in difficulty and distribution of topics.

The main purpose of the AMC 10 is to spur interest in mathematics and to develop talent through the excitement of solving challenging problems in a timed multiple-choice format. The problems range from the very easy to the extremely difficult. Students who participate in the AMC 10 should find that most of the problems are challenging but within their grasp. The contest is intended for everyone from the average student at a typical school who enjoys mathematics to the very best student at the most special school.

A special purpose of the AMC 10 is to help identify those few students with truly exceptional mathematics talent. Students who are among the very best deserve some indication of how they stand relative to other students in the country and around the world. The AMC 10 provides one such indication, and it is the first in a series of examinations (followed in the United States by the American Invitational Examination and the USA Mathematical Olympiad) that culminate in participation in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the most prestigious and difficult secondary mathematics examination in the world. In this way the very best young mathematicians are recognized, encouraged and developed. Another valuable comparison students can make is between their own level of achievement and their levels in previous years. In particular, they are encouraged to begin taking the contests early in their mathematics studies and to look back with pride each year on how they have learned to answer questions that they could not have answered previously.

Format

The AMC 10 is a 25 question, 75 minute multiple choice test. Problems generally increase in difficulty as the exam progresses. Calculators were permitted; however, as of 2008, calculators are not allowed any more.

The AMC 10 is scored in a way that penalizes guesses. Correct answers are worth 6 points, incorrect questions are worth 0 points, and unanswered answers are worth 1.5 points, to give a total score out of 150 points. From 2002 to 2006, unanswered questions were awarded 2.5 points. In 2006 and 2007, unanswered questions were awarded 2 points. Students that score over 120 points or are in the top 2.5% of the AMC 10 contest are invited to take the AIME.

Curriculum

The AMC 10 tests mathematical problem solving with arithmetic, algebra, counting/combinatorics, geometry, number theory, and probability and other secondary school math topics. Problems are designed to be solved by students without any background in calculus or trigonometry.

 AMC10-MedalNational Awards

  • A Certificate of Distinction is given to all students who qualify to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination.
  • An AMC 10 Honor Roll of Distinction Pin is given to the top 1% of all participating students.
  • An AMC 10 Certificate of Achievement is given to high scoring students who are in 8th grade or below.

More details can be found at: http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-10

More articles about math competitions:

52 responses to “American Mathematics Contest 10 (AMC 10)

  1. Pingback: Why Discrete Math Is Very Important | Ivy League Education Center

  2. Pingback: Premier National Mathematics Competition — AMC 8 | Ivy League Education Center

  3. Pingback: The Big Value of Middle School Math Competitions | Ivy League Education Center

  4. Pingback: Competition Math Prep Class (for 3rd to 7th graders) Spring Session | Ivy League Education Center

  5. Pingback: Math Competition Prep Class (for 7th to 11th graders) Spring Sessions | Ivy League Education Center

  6. Pingback: Math Competition Prep Class (for 7th to 11th graders) Spring Session II Starting on May 3 | Ivy League Education Center

  7. Pingback: American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) Materials | Ivy League Education Center

  8. Pingback: AMC 10/12 Prep (for rising 8th to 11th graders) Summer Weekend Course Starting on July 4 | Ivy League Education Center

  9. Pingback: AMC 8/Mathcounts Prep (for Rising 5th to 8th Graders) Summer Weekend Course Starting July 4 | Ivy League Education Center

  10. Pingback: Math Olympiad Prep (for Rising 3rd to 5th Graders) Summer Weekend Course Starting July 4 | Ivy League Education Center

  11. Pingback: 2015 Summer – Competitive Math Prep | Ivy League Education Center

  12. Pingback: Summer Evening Intensive AIME Prep Course Starting July 20 | Ivy League Education Center

  13. Pingback: Math Olympiad Prep (for 3rd to 5th Graders) Fall Weekend Course Starting Sept 12 | Ivy League Education Center

  14. Pingback: AMC 8/Mathcounts Prep (for 5th to 8th Graders) Fall Weekend Course Starting Sept 12 | Ivy League Education Center

  15. Pingback: AMC 10/12 Prep (for 8th to 12th Graders) Fall Weekend Course Starting Sept 13 | Ivy League Education Center

  16. Pingback: 2015 Fall – Competitive Math Prep | Ivy League Education Center

  17. Pingback: Mathcounts — Challenging Students to Achieve in Math! | Ivy League Education Center

  18. Pingback: The AMC 10/12 Contest at Montgomery College on February 2, and February 17, 2016 | Ivy League Education Center

  19. Pingback: The AMC 10/12 Contest at Montgomery College on February 2, and February 17, 2016 | Ivy League Education Center

  20. Pingback: AMC 10/12 Prep (for 8th to 12th Graders) Winter Weekend Course Starting Jan. 10 | Ivy League Education Center

  21. Pingback: 2016 Winter – Competitive Math Prep | Ivy League Education Center

  22. Pingback: AMC 10/12 Prep (for 7th to 12th Graders) Winter Weekend Course Starting Jan. 10 | Ivy League Education Center

  23. Pingback: 2016 AMC 10A Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  24. Pingback: 2016 AMC 12A Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  25. Pingback: 2016 AMC 10B Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  26. Pingback: 2016 AMC 12B Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  27. Pingback: 365-hour Project to Qualify for the AIME through the AMC 10/12 Contests | Ivy League Education Center

  28. Pingback: AMC 10/12 Prep (for Rising 7th to 12th Graders) Summer Weekend Course Starting July 16 | Ivy League Education Center

  29. Pingback: The AMC 10/12 Contest at Montgomery College on February 7, 2017, and February 15, 2017 | Ivy League Education Center

  30. Pingback: The AMC 10/12 Contests at Montgomery College on February 7, 2017, and February 15, 2017 | Ivy League Education Center

  31. Pingback: AMC 10/Mathcounts Prep (for Rising 5th to 8th Graders) Winter Weekend Courses Starting December 3 | Ivy League Education Center

  32. Pingback: AMC 10/Mathcounts Prep (for 5th to 8th Graders) Winter Weekend Courses Starting December 3 | Ivy League Education Center

  33. Pingback: Online AMC 10/Mathcounts Prep (for 5th to 8th Graders) Winter Weekend Courses Starting December 3 | Ivy League Education Center

  34. Pingback: Online AMC 10/Mathcounts Prep (for 5th to 8th Graders) Winter Weekend Course Starting December 3 | Ivy League Education Center

  35. Pingback: AMC 10 versus AMC 12 | Ivy League Education Center

  36. Pingback: 2017 AMC 10A Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  37. Pingback: 2017 AMC 12A Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  38. Pingback: 2017 AMC 10B Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  39. Pingback: 2017 AMC 12B Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  40. Pingback: AMC 10/12 Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  41. Pingback: The AMC 10/12 Contests at Montgomery College on February 6, 2018, and February 21, 2018 | Ivy League Education Center

  42. Pingback: AMC 8/10/12 Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  43. Pingback: 2017 AMC 10/12 A AIME Cutoff Scores | Ivy League Education Center

  44. Pingback: It is Much Easier to Qualify for the AIME Through the AMC 12A than the AMC 10A This Year | Ivy League Education Center

  45. Pingback: 2017 AMC 10B/12B AIME Cutoff Scores | Ivy League Education Center

  46. Pingback: 2017 AIME I Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  47. Pingback: 2017 AIME II Problems and Answers | Ivy League Education Center

  48. Pingback: The AMC 10/12 Contests at Montgomery College on February 7, 2018, and February 15, 2018 | Ivy League Education Center

  49. Pingback: 20 Sets of AMC 10 Mock Test with Detailed Solutions | Ivy League Education Center

  50. Pingback: Online AMC 10/Mathcounts Prep (for 5th to 9th Graders) Winter Weekend Course Starting December 2 | Ivy League Education Center

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s