365-hour Project to Qualify for the AIME through the AMC 10/12 Contests

This is a project dedicated to helping students achieve high scores on the AMC 10/12 and qualify for the AIME. For one year, every student should spend one hour each day practicing for the AMC. If they can do this, they will definitely qualify for the AIME. Because both the AMC 10 and AMC 12 are “standardized” contests, it is extremely important for students to practice those previous AMC 10/12 problems. This is the only way to achieve a high score. From our extensive experiences, we know that a regular student who does not need to be a math prodigy is able to do very well on the AMC. Read more at: High School Competitive Math Class (for 6th to 11th graders) Spring Sessions Starting March 13

Although the 2016 AMC 10/12 contests have just finished, we must prepare in advance for the 2017 AMC 10/12 contests. As the great scientist Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” Those who strive to prepare early, and work hard are the ones who achieve the best results. The AMC is a complex math competition that requires dedication and focus. Therefore, the earlier our students start preparing, the better their scores will be. Read more at:

We have collected 116 full-length real AMC 10/12 problems sets containing 2,960 problems, as described in the article “116 Full-length Real AMC Problems Sets are a Golden Resource to Our AMC 10/12 Prep Program.” Particularly, we have additional 3,000 brand new problems at the level of the AMC 10/12, taken from the licensed AMC Database. In addition, we have also collected all AMC8/10/12 and AIME Official Solutions as shown in the article “American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) Materials.” All these materials have formed a golden resource for our students, who are the ultimate beneficiaries.

All problems from past AMC 10/12 exams (2000-2016) and AHSME (1950–1999) form our “big data” system. The AHSME (American High School Mathematics Examination) was the former name of the AMC, before 2000. We have used data mining, descriptive statistics, and predictive analytics to carefully examine the types, frequencies, and pattern of questions in all these materials, and then completely “decoded” the AMC 10/12. We always show all the “secret code” cracked from the above big data to students, and teach them to totally grasp and “control” the AMC. For all questions on the recent AMC contests, we can find their “ancestors” and “roots” from the old AMC problems. Therefore, the best way to prepare for the contest is to practice by solving old AMC problems.

Even Albert Einstein must practice AMC problems to qualify for the AIME! Why? The AMC is unlike mc2. First, “standardized” contests are very different from pure research work. The “standardized” contest seeks standardized answers. We are actually testing standardization. That is to say, most standardized contests are designed to have students come up with the same existing, well-established answers. This is significantly different from research that is a creative activity based on a systematic approach to generate new ideas, principles, and theories, which form the basis of progress and development in different fields. Second, let us consider an interesting analogy: AMC 10/12 contests are to pure research as a 800-meter run track race is to a marathon. Both are challenging endeavors that take a lot of training and practice. The 800-meter race requires more speed, strategy, raw strength, and head-to-head competing, while the marathon is more about perseverance, endurance, patience, and diligence. If Albert Einstein does not practice for the 800-meter race, he will not be able to win despite being a genius at the marathon; similarly, if he does not practice AMC problems, he will not be able to answer all the questions within the time limit.

We have to face the simple truth that to do well on this grueling contest, we will need to practice. Just like it is for sports and music, the key to success is repetition and practice. We strongly believe in effort and the malleability of intelligence. Intelligence can be enhanced through effort. People can develop impressive levels of expertise through hard work and practice. Effort and persistence are the vehicles of achievement. Hard work always pays off. Practice makes perfect!

Our class efficiently helps students to prepare for the AMC 10/12. We focus on interests, attitudes, efforts, and improvements rather than results, and results come naturally. Short term preparation is not sufficient. Doing well on the AMC 10/12 requires continuous preparation and effort, and the results are immensely rewarding and long-lasting.

We guarantee that if a student stays with us for one year, and diligently practices, they will definitely succeed!

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Our Students

In 2016, we have 36 students who are qualified to take AIME either through AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 23 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Joel (Junyao) T. Particularly, seven middle schoolers and one elementary schooler qualified for the AIME, which is geared toward high school students. Pravalika P., a 6th grader, got a 115.5 out of 150 on the AMC10B, which is very impressive. Read more at: 2016 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 36 Students Qualified for AIME

From 2011 to 2015, in total, 37 students scored above 120 on the American Mathematics Contest 10 (AMC 10) and qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME); 26 students scored above 100 on the American Mathematics Contest 12 (AMC 12) and qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME); 3 students qualified for the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), the highest level of math competition for high school students in the USA. Read more at: Notable Achievements of Our Students

Our Uniqueness

We have a long history of close collaboration with the MAA‘s American Mathematics Competitions (AMC), which are dedicated to strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation’s youth, and are the first of a series of competitions in high school mathematics that determine the United States team for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

We are only one in the Washington DC metropolitan area to offer elementary, middle, and high-school level competition math courses. Our students have received top scores and awards at prestigious national and math competitions.