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How the AMC can help you get into the Ivy Leagues

In this article, you will learn about:
1. Why the AMC is more important than the SAT
2. How the AMC can help you get into the Ivy Leagues
3. What is the AMC

1. Why the AMC is more important than the SAT
If you’re serious about the Ivy Leagues/top US colleges, esp. top STEM schools such as MIT, Caltech and Stanford, you should be focused as much on the AMCs as you are on the SATs. If fact, we think the AMC is more important.

The SAT doesn’t differentiate students very well. It behooves college board to increase the number of students who take the SAT, there is already an inflationary bias built in. Let’s look at the numbers:

The number of students who took the SAT in 2016: 7.3 million students – a 10% increase from the previous year. The class of 2017 is the largest cohort in SAT history. So, if you scored in the top 1% of test-takers last year, you would 1 of 73,000 students. And the numbers are likely to continue going up.

However, the AMC is run by the Mathematical Association of America; a non-profit managed by volunteer mathematicians. They care about preserving the integrity and quality of the test, seeking to challenge students. So, there is a strong deflationary bias built in. Let’s look at the numbers:

The number of students who took the AMC 12 this past year: 44,915. In 2016, the AMC 12 had 57,939 test-takers. And in 2015, there were 55,833 test-takers for the AMC 12. Not many and they’re not increasing. The MAA also regularly increases the difficulty of the tests some years to keep the passing threshold tight. So, if you make it to the AIME, you’re in the top 5% or 1 of only 2,245 students.

So, what will demonstrate academic excellence to the admissions officers at MIT more, being 1 of 73,000 students or 1 or 2,245? MIT usually has about 20,000 applicants a year, so you can bet that having the best SAT score will NOT make you stand out.

2. How the AMC can help you get into the Ivy Leagues

Another reason the AMC is so important is that the top schools now explicitly ask for AMC scores (not required).

Here are screen shots of the Caltech application:

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The second image is a screen shot of the entire page where they have a section for AIME scores as well.

Here is the MIT application:

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In addition, you can highlight your AMC accomplishments in the Activities section of the application and also include them in your essays. And there are lots of essays to write!

3. What is the AMC?

The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) is the first in a series of competitions to determine the US representative team for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

The AMC 8 is for students in grades 8 and below
The AMC 10 is for students in grades 10 and below
The AMC 12 is for students in grades 12 and below

So high school students would be focused on AMC 10 and 12. However, most of the students who score well tend to start in the 6th grade with the AMC 8.

If you score well, you make it to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). To catch the eyes of admissions officers at MIT and Caltech, you’ll need to make it this far and score well on the AIME.

For real math superstars, a top score on both the AMC and AIME will lead to an qualification status for the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO). If you are an International student, you cannot participate on the US team, but you can still get the USAMO qualification, which will really set you apart on your college applications.

2020 Fall – Competitive Math Courses

Fall is the BEST time to prepare for the American Math Competitions!

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Competitive Math Program — Fall 2020 Schedule

Class Day/Time Grade
Online Intensive AMC 10/12 Prep 11 Classes (Eastern Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm), Total: 22 Hours
9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3,  11/10,  11/17 (The winter session will start November 22, 2020)
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Online Intensive AMC 8/Mathcounts Prep  11 Classes (Eastern Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm), Total: 22 Hours
9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
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We record all of our lessons as a big bonus so that our students can watch class videos after class for review and self-study.

We will offer the AMC 8, AMC 10A/12A, and AMC 10B/12B contests to OUR LOCAL students at the Montgomery College.

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All of our sessions are taught by highly qualified instructors who are excellent experts on preparing students for the exam. We distinguish ourselves by the high quality of our instructors. Finding top-quality instructors is no easy task. We’ve hand-picked some of the best, including graduates of Ivy League institutions.

Our instructors are dedicated to teaching and student success. They are very knowledgeable, patient, available, and willing to help our students. Our students receive a quality education that goes beyond the classroom.

Meet some of them here:

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Our Students

In 2020, we had 82 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 11 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12A: Yiyang X, and one of our students was among the 13 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Jason W.. 43 middle schoolers and 9 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

Read more at: 2020 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 82 Students Qualified for the AIME

In 2019, we had 71 students who obtained top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • 8 of our students were among the top 151 National Winners (Perfect Scorers), including 2 sixth graders.
  • 36 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers, as shown in Table 2.
  • 27 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers, as shown in Table 3.
  • 71 out of our 73 students (97.3%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2019 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Eight Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2019, we had 4 students qualified for the USAMO and 4 Students for the USAJMO.

  • Of the 280 USA Math Olympiad national qualifiers, 4 are our students: Luke C., Zipeng L., Sameer P., and Peter P.
  • Of the 235 USA Junior Math Olympiad national qualifiers, 4 are our students: Michael H., Noah W., Holden W., and Isabella Z.

Read more at: 2019 USAMO and USAJMO Qualifiers Announced — Four Students Qualified for the USAMO and Four Students for the USAJMO

In 2019, we had 76 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 22 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Noah W.and one of our students were among the 10 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12B: Kenneth WVery impressively, 32 middle schoolers and 7 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

In 2018, we had 64 students who obtained top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • of our students were among the top 44 National Winners (Perfect Scorers): Eric B., Kevin Y., and Isabella Z.
  • 40 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers.
  • 21 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers.
  • 64 out of our 66 students (96.5%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2018 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Three Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2018, we had 73 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. Two of our students were among the 35 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Austen M. and Jason W.  and two of our students were among the 21 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12B: Kaan D. and Edward W. Remarkably, 11 middle schoolers and 2 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

In 2017, we had 63 students who earned top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • of our students were among the top 75 National Winners (Perfect Scorers).
  • 34 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers.
  • 22 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers.
  • 63 out of our 65 students (97%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2017 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Seven Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2017, we had 61 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 28 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Austen M., and two of our students were among the 65 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10B: Ashwin A. and Brad Z. Remarkably, eight middle schoolers and one elementary schooler qualified for the AIME, which is geared toward high school students. Very impressively, Bryan Z., a 6th grader, gained a score of 132 out of 150 on the AMC 10B.Read more at: 2017 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 61 Students Qualified for the AIME

In 2016, we had 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

2011 – 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

2011 – 2015: In total, 23 students achieved perfect scores of 28 on the AMC 8

Read more at: Notable Achievements of Our Students

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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 math competitions.

Great Benefits of Math Competitions

In an increasingly competitive college application pool, the process of mastering math skills through our courses and participating in the American Math Competitions will help students strengthen and diversify their extracurricular activities. These contests can motivate students’ interest and passion in math, and they can discover their talent through solving challenging problems different from those in the school classes. Many top colleges also request AMC scores as part of the college application process. Both MIT and Caltech have entry blanks on their official admission application forms for the applicant to enter their best AMC and AIME scores. Ivy League Colleges and Stanford ask for to the AMC and AIME scores in their Supplement to the Common Application Forms. Your children deserve the chance to list these scores on their applications! Good AMC scores will greatly enhance admission opportunities for students to elite colleges.

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Contact Information:

Ivy League Education Center
Tel:  301-922-9508     or        240-780-8828
Email:  chiefmathtutor@gmail.com

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Online Intensive AMC 10/12 Prep (for 7th to 12th Graders) Fall Weekend Course (Algebra) Starting Sept 6

Fall is the golden time to prepare for the American Math Competitions!

See: 2019 USAMO and USAJMO Qualifiers Announced — Four Students Qualified for the USAMO and Four Students for the USAJMO

Purpose: To prepare for the AMC 10/12A — Thursday, February 4, 2021
and AMC 10/12B — Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Please see: 

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Fall 2019 Schedule
12 Weekends (Eastern Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm), Total: 22 Hours
9/6,  9/13,  9/20,  9/27 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
10/4,  10/11,  10/18,  10/25 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
11/1,  11/8,  11/15 (Final Mock Test/Review)
Note: The winter session will start November 22, 2020, which is a continuation of our fall session with different topics. Click HERE to see more details.

Tuition (including all materials)
New Students: $880  Buy Now Button
Returning Students: $850  Buy Now Button

Online Registration is now open! Click HERE to register and pay. (Two spots are available!)

You are very welcome to sign up for our online course which offers a quick, efficient way for students to interact with teachers over long distance. We use Google Meet to video chat and easily connect with students to teach them our tricks and shortcuts to getting an amazing score on their contests, as well as offer them our guidance and support. Students can ask questions face-to-face, and can complete problems with the supervision of our teachers/coaches. Click HERE to see detailed instruction.

A commitment to the whole course can maximize the benefit of learning all the math ideas, methods, strategies, tactics, skills, and techniques.

Click HERE to see payment and refund policy.

  • This is a live class, not a pre-recorded one. Instructors will ask students questions, and students can also ask questions during the class or email their questions to instructors after class.
  • We record all of our lessons as a big bonus for our students so that they can watch class videos after class for review and self-study.
  • We will help students gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental math concepts, build a solid foundation in math, and develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills different from those in the school classes, motivation, and perseverance for reaching their full potential.
  • We will focus on efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve competitive math problems, especially those hard problems on the AMC 10/12 and easy problems on the AIME, as well as test-taking tactics.
  • The emphasis of this class will be on Algebra, and comprehensive problem-solving, which are very common in competitive math, but are not included in school curriculum.
  • We will utilize a highly effective teaching model as described in the article: Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model.

Instructors:

Contact Information:
Ivy League Education Center
Tel:  301-922-9508     or        240-406-3402
Email:  chiefmathtutor@gmail.com

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Specific Goal: 

To earn a score of 120 or more out of 150 on the American Math Contest 10 (AMC 10), or a score of 100 or more out of 150 on the American Math Contest 12 (AMC 12), and then qualify for the American Invitational Math Examination (AIME), which is used to determine qualification for the United States of America Math Olympiad (USAMO). See for more details: Optimal Strategies to Solve Hard AMC Problems

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There are many math competitions in the United States. Of those, only

AMC → AIME → USAMO sequence

would take you to the IMO (International Math Olympiad), the highest level math competition for high school students in the world!

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Who should take this class: This class is very appropriate for 7th-12th grade students who are hoping to qualify for the AIME.

Benefits:

  • 11 tutorial handouts (>500 pages) developed by Dr. Henry Wan and 500 new problems similar to AMC 10/12 level from the licensed AMC Database
  • 3 FREE mock tests that are intended to mimic an actual math competition exam, each of which has 25 questions similar to AMC 10/12 level taken from the licensed AMC Database. These simulated tests help students assess their level of preparation for the Math Competitions. After attempting the test, students get answers, explanations, and a detailed score report and wise performance summary.
  • FREE registration for the AMC 10/12 A Contest — Thursday, February 4, 2021 and AMC 10/12 B Contest — Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Please see: The AMC 10/12 Contests at the Montgomery College on February 4, 2021, and February 10, 2021

Weekly Homework:

At least 3 hours per week. Problem sets include all geometry problems on the past AMC 10/12 and ARML, and 500 brand new problems having similar difficulty and style as the real AMC 10/12 problems, extracted from the licensed AMC Database.

The focus will on the final 15 problems on the AMC 10/12, and the first 3 problems on the AIME, as well as those hard problems on the ARML. Note that some hard problems on the recent AMC 10 and 12 are exactly the same as previous ARML Problems. Read More at: Some Problems on the 2016 AMC 10/12 are Exactly the Same as Previous AMC/ARML Problems 

Each week, we will carefully review and check 2 students’ homework, and correct any mistakes. The next week, we will check another 2 students’ homework, and this will continue on a rotational basis until all students have had their homework checked at least once and the cycle will start again. Based on the work of the 2 students that week, we will provide the those 2 students with individualized proposal and support.

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Class Outline:

In our AMC 10/12 Prep class, we will focus on efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve AMC problems as well as test-taking tactics. The emphasis of this class will be on advanced algebra and comprehensive problem-solving which are very common in competitive math. We will also help students develop quick problem solving strategies and effective time management skills.

Class Date Topic
1 9/7, Sun Arithmetic Ratios
2 9/13, Sun Exponentials and Radicals
3 9/20, Sun Algebraic Manipulations
4 9/27, Sun Quadratic Functions and Vieta’s Formulas
5 10/4 Sun Polynomials and their Zeros
6 10/11, Sun Newly-Defined Functions and Operations
7 10/18, Sun Algebraic and Geometric Properties of Functions
8 10/25, Sun Symmetric Functions, AM-GM Inequality, and Cauchy–Schwarz Inequality
9 11/1, Sun Arithmetic and Geometric Sequences and Series
10 11/8, Sun Recursive Sequences and Telescoping Series
11 11/15, Sun Binomial and Multinomial Theorems, and Algebraic Methods in Counting and Probability

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Small-sized Class Teaching Model: We utilize the highly effective small-sized class teaching model. Smaller classes lead to pupils receiving more individual attention from teachers, and having more active interactions with them. We focus on every individual, not the whole class. Students will thrive from the smaller class sizes that allow them to reach their full potential. Particularly, students can benefit tremendously from high-frequent individualized student-teacher interactions leading to establishment of a stronger foundation for lifelong learning.

Our main purpose is to help our students gain deeper understanding of the fundamental math concepts, build a solid foundation in math, and develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are so valuable to success in any career. We are big believers in the FUNDAMENTALS! Our students will receive the LIFELONG BENEFITS from learning math.

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Regardless of his/her math level, each student will have the opportunity to learn math in a fun, friendly, cooperative, supportive learning environment. The most important thing is to have fun.

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Our Students

In 2020, we had 82 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 11 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12A: Yiyang X, and one of our students was among the 13 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Jason W.. 43 middle schoolers and 9 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

Read more at: 2020 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 82 Students Qualified for the AIME

In 2019, we had 71 students who obtained top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • 8 of our students were among the top 151 National Winners (Perfect Scorers), including 2 sixth graders.
  • 36 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers, as shown in Table 2.
  • 27 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers, as shown in Table 3.
  • 71 out of our 73 students (97.3%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2019 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Eight Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2019, we had 4 Students Qualified for the USAMO and 4 Students for the USAJMO.

  • Of the 280 USA Math Olympiad national qualifiers, 4 are our students: Luke C., Zipeng L., Sameer P., and Peter P.
  • Of the 235 USA Junior Math Olympiad national qualifiers, 4 are our students: Michael H., Noah W., Holden W., and Isabella Z.

Read more at: 2019 USAMO and USAJMO Qualifiers Announced — Four Students Qualified for the USAMO and Four Students for the USAJMO

In 2019, we had 76 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 22 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Noah W.and one of our students were among the 10 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12B: Kenneth WVery impressively, 32 middle schoolers and 7 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

In 2018, we had 64 students who obtained top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • of our students were among the top 44 National Winners (Perfect Scorers): Eric B., Kevin Y., and Isabella Z.
  • 40 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers.
  • 21 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers.
  • 64 out of our 66 students (96.5%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2018 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Three Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2018, we had 73 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. Two of our students were among the 35 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Austen M. and Jason W.  and two of our students were among the 21 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12B: Kaan D. and Edward W. Remarkably, 11 middle schoolers and 2 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

In 2017, we had 63 students who earned top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • of our students were among the top 75 National Winners (Perfect Scorers).
  • 34 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers.
  • 22 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers.
  • 63 out of our 65 students (97%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2017 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Seven Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2017, we had 61 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 28 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Austen M., and two of our students were among the 65 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10B: Ashwin A. and Brad Z. Remarkably, eight middle schoolers and one elementary schooler qualified for the AIME, which is geared toward high school students. Very impressively, Bryan Z., a 6th grader, gained a score of 132 out of 150 on the AMC 10B.Read more at: 2017 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 61 Students Qualified for the AIME

In 2016, we had 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

2011 – 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

2011 – 2015: In total, 23 students achieved perfect scores of 28 on the AMC 8

Read more at: Notable Achievements of Our Students

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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.

We have extracted 5,000 brand new problems at the level of the AMC 8 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.

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Online Intensive AMC 8/Mathcounts Prep (for 5th to 8th Graders) Fall Weekend Courses Starting September 5

Fall is the golden time to prepare for the American Math Competitions!

The period of time between 5th-8th grade is critical to the development of students’ mathematical fascinations, interests, and skills!

See: 2019 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Eight Students Received Perfect Scores

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11 Weekends (Eastern Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm), Total: 22 Hours
9/5,     9/12,      9/19,     9/26 (Mock Test/Review
10/3,     10/10,   10/17,    10/24 (Mock Test/Review)
10/31,      11/7 (Mock Test/Review),
11/14 (Comprehensively Reviewing and Analyzing the 2020 AMC Problems)

Online Registration is now open! Click HERE to register and pay.

Tuition (including all materials)
New Students: $720   Buy Now Button 
Returning Students: $700  Buy Now Button 

Click HERE to see payment and refund policy.

You are very welcome to sign up for our online course which offers a quick, efficient way for students to interact with teachers over long distance. We use the Google Meet to video chat and easily connect with students to teach them our tricks and shortcuts to getting an amazing score on their contests, as well as offer them our guidance and support. Students can ask questions face-to-face, and can complete problems with the supervision of our teachers/coaches. Click HERE to see detailed instruction.

A commitment to the whole course can maximize the benefit of learning all the math ideas, methods, strategies, tactics, skills, and techniques.

  • This is a live class, not a pre-recorded one. Instructors will ask students questions, and students can also ask questions during the class or email their questions to instructors after class.
  • We record all of our lessons so that our students can watch them after class for review and self-study.
  • We will help students gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental math concepts, build a solid foundation in math, and develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills different from those in the school classes, motivation, and perseverance for reaching their full potential.
  • We will focus on efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve competitive math problems as well as test-taking tactics.
  • The emphasis of this class will be on comprehensive problem-solving in discrete math, which is very common in competitive math, but is not included in school curriculum. See more at: Why Discrete Math is very Important
  • We will utilize a highly effective teaching model as described in the article: Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model.

Instructors: Dr. Henry Wan

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Purpose:
To help 5th to 8th graders prepare for AMC 8 (Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020) and MATHCOUNTSPlease see:

Contact Information:
Ivy League Education Center
Tel:  301-922-9508                Email:  chiefmathtutor@gmail.com

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Specific Goal of the AMC 8 To become part of the top 1% of scorers on the 2020 AMC 8, and then receive National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates. In 2019, this was 19-25 correct out of 25 problems.
Specific Goal of the MathCounts To become one of the top winners in the individual competition at the chapter level and then advance to the state competition.
Specific Goal of the AMC 10 To earn a score of 90 or more out of 150 on the 2021 AMC 10 contest, and then receive National Achievement Honor Roll Certificates.
Handout The material covers math normally associated with grades 9 and 10. The emphasis will be on advanced comprehensive problem-solving.
Lecturing The lecture will be presented at a faster pace, so more advanced materials will be covered in a shorter amount of time.
Difficulty Level The focus will on the final 10 problems on the AMC 8, and the first 15 problems on the AMC 10, as well as those hard problems on the MathCounts. We will provide students with 500 brand new problems, extracted from the licensed AMC Database, having similar difficulty and style as the hard real AMC 8 problems.Click HERE to see a typical sample (Advanced Level Problem Set).

AMC-General

There are many math competitions in the United States. Of those, only

AMC → AIME → USAMO sequence

would take you to the IMO (International Math Olympiad), the highest level math competition for high school students in the world!

Description:
Our curriculum focuses on advancing the mathematical skills of rising 5th-8th graders to prepare them for AMC 8 and MathCounts. A variety of contest questions, including the first 15 problems on the AMC 10, are used to teach students strategies to solve problems and help students prepare for the competitions. These problems stimulate their interest and enthusiasm for critical and creative thinking and problem solving, broaden their mathematical intuition, and develop their brainpower. The topics taught in this class are not covered in regular school math classes, allowing our students to stay one step ahead.

Benefits:

Grade Levels: Rising Grades 4-8

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Class Outline:
We will focus on efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve competitive math problems as well as test-taking tactics. The emphasis of this class will be on comprehensively problem-solving which is the most important to competitive math.

Class Date Topic
1 9/5, Sat Arithmetic Ratio and Proportional Reasoning
2 9/12, Sat Variables, Expressions, and Equations
3 9/19, Sat Systems of Linear Equations and Analytic Geometry
4 9/26, Sat Sequences and Patterns
5 10/3, Sat Number Theory
6 10/10, Sat Counting and Combinatorics
7 10/17, Sat Probability
8 10/24, Sat Statistics and Data Analysis
9 10/31, Sat Plane Geometry
10 11/7, Sat Solid Geometry
11 11/14, Sat Comprehensive Problem-solving

Mock Test:
Three simulated tests will help students assess their level of preparation for the Math Competitions. The test consists of 25 questions at the AMC 8/MathCounts level from the licensed AMC Database, and is intended to mimic an actual math competition exam. After attempting the test, students get answers, explanations, and a detailed score report and wise performance summary.

Homework
On average, at least 2 hours per week, as described in the article: Homework assignments are a fundamental part of our courses. Click HERE to see a typical homework sample we developed. We will carefully review and check students’ homework, and correct any mistakes. Based on the student work, we will provide him/her with individualized help and support. More details can be found in the article: Homework Correction is very Important — We Give an Extensive Correction of the Incorrect Answers of All Homework.

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We have to face the simple truth that to do well on these grueling contests, 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 keys to success. Hard work always pays off: practice makes perfect!

All problems from past AMC 8 exams (1985-2019) and MathCounts (1990–2020) form our “big data” system. Based on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning, we devised a data mining and predictive analytics tool for math problem similarity searching. Using this powerful tool, we examined the types, styles, frequencies, characteristics, and traits of questions in all these materials, and then completely “decoded” the AMC 8 and MathCounts. We always completely show all the “secret code” cracked from the above big data to our students, and teach them to totally grasp and “control” the AMC and MathCounts. For all questions on the recent AMC/MathCounts contests, we can find their “ancestors” and “roots” from the old AMC/MathCounts problems. Therefore, the best way to prepare for the contest is to practice by solving old AMC/MathCounts problems.

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Main Purpose:

Our main purpose is to help our students gain deeper understanding of the fundamental math concepts, build a solid foundation in math, and develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are so valuable to success in any career. We are big believers in the FUNDAMENTALS! Our students will receive the LIFELONG BENEFITS from learning math.

Regardless of his/her math level, each student will have the opportunity to learn math in a fun, friendly, cooperative, supportive learning environment. The most important thing is to have fun.

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Our Students

In 2020, we had 82 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 11 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12A: Yiyang X, and one of our students was among the 13 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Jason W.. 43 middle schoolers and 9 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

Read more at: 2020 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 82 Students Qualified for the AIME

In 2019, we had 71 students who obtained top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • 8 of our students were among the top 151 National Winners (Perfect Scorers), including 2 sixth graders.
  • 36 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers, as shown in Table 2.
  • 27 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers, as shown in Table 3.
  • 71 out of our 73 students (97.3%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2019 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Eight Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2019, we had 4 Students Qualified for the USAMO and 4 Students for the USAJMO.

  • Of the 280 USA Math Olympiad national qualifiers, 4 are our students: Luke C., Zipeng L., Sameer P., and Peter P.
  • Of the 235 USA Junior Math Olympiad national qualifiers, 4 are our students: Michael H., Noah W., Holden W., and Isabella Z.

Read more at: 2019 USAMO and USAJMO Qualifiers Announced — Four Students Qualified for the USAMO and Four Students for the USAJMO

In 2019, we had 76 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 22 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Noah W.and one of our students were among the 10 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12B: Kenneth WVery impressively, 32 middle schoolers and 7 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

In 2018, we had 64 students who obtained top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • of our students were among the top 44 National Winners (Perfect Scorers): Eric B., Kevin Y., and Isabella Z.
  • 40 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers.
  • 21 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers.
  • 64 out of our 66 students (96.5%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2018 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Three Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2018, we had 73 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. Two of our students were among the 35 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Austen M. and Jason W.  and two of our students were among the 21 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12B: Kaan D. and Edward W. Remarkably, 11 middle schoolers and 2 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

In 2017, we had 63 students who earned top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • of our students were among the top 75 National Winners (Perfect Scorers).
  • 34 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers.
  • 22 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers.
  • 63 out of our 65 students (97%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2017 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Seven Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2017, we had 61 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 28 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Austen M., and two of our students were among the 65 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10B: Ashwin A. and Brad Z. Remarkably, eight middle schoolers and one elementary schooler qualified for the AIME, which is geared toward high school students. Very impressively, Bryan Z., a 6th grader, gained a score of 132 out of 150 on the AMC 10B.Read more at: 2017 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 61 Students Qualified for the AIME

In 2016, we had 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

2011 – 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

2011 – 2015: In total, 23 students achieved perfect scores of 28 on the AMC 8

Read more at: Notable Achievements of Our Students

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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.

We have extracted 5,000 brand new problems at the level of the AMC 8 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.

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The AMC 10/12 Contests at the Montgomery College on February 4, 2021, and February 10, 2021

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We will offer the AMC 10/12 contests to OUR LOCAL students at the Montgomery College.

The 2020 AMC 10/12 Online Registration will open on December 2, 2020!

AMC 10/12 A
Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021
Time: 3:30pm — 5:00pm (please arrive 10 minutes early)

AMC 10/12 B
Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 3:30pm — 5:00pm (please arrive 10 minutes early)

Germantown Campus:
Address: 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, MD 20876
Location: HT113 (Global Hall)
View Germantown campus map here

Rockville Campus:
Address: 900 Hungerford Drive #110, Rockville, MD 20850
Location: SC362
View Rockville campus map here

Note: Parking permit will be available.

You can find 2020 real AMC 10/12 problems and answers, for your child’s practice, at:

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Henry Wan, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor in Math
Senior Math Coach Certified by the MAA
Tel: 240-406-3402
Email:  amcmarylandcenter@gmail.com *************************************************************
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The main purpose of the AMC 10/12 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 10/12 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.

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In 2019, over 510,000 students from over 4,100 U.S. and international schools competed for school, regional, and national awards in this contest and found it fun and rewarding. Top 20, well-known U.S. universities and colleges, including internationally recognized U.S. technical institutions, ask for AMC scores on their application forms. Our students deserve the chance to list these scores on their applications!

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With these contests, there are awards in each school for the student with the highest score, certificates for high-scoring students in each school, state-wide awards, regional awards, and even national awards. These contests lead to other more selective math contests, all the way to the USA team sent to the International Mathematical Olympiad, the premier international high school level problem solving contest.

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But the real rewards come from challenging each student with mathematics that is new, different, and “outside of the box.” The problems on the contest are hard, but designed to be within reach. Just by participating in the contest your student should still feel accomplishment, because these problems are meant to be more challenging than routinely encountered in mathematics courses.

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Mathematics is increasingly important in our technological and scientific age. Taking enough mathematics in school is the gateway to jobs and careers of all kinds, even those that are not explicitly mathematical, scientific or technological. We hope that by offering these contests, we can challenge and inspire students to want to learn more mathematics. We hope that your son or daughter enjoys the contests and will continue to take mathematics courses in middle school, high school and beyond.

More details can be found at:

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2020 USOMO and USOJMO Qualification Indices

AMC 10 A AMC 10 B AMC 12 A AMC 12 B
AIME I 229.5 230 233.5 235
AOIME 233.5 229.5 234 234.5

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What do these cutoffs mean?

After the AIME I and AOIME are scored, the USAMO committee and MAA AMC program will determine the cutoff indexes that will qualify students for USAMO or USAJMO. USA(J)MO qualification scores are determined by AMC 10/12 and AIME scores.

For this 2019-2020 competition cycle, the AMC will uphold this process to determine USO(J)MO qualifiers. Acknowledging that some students may have taken both AIME I and AOIME, both scores will be considered when setting cut-offs for those students. The AIME I and AOIME cutoff scores will be split. The student’s USO(J)MO indexes are calculated as follows:

USOMO Index = AMC 12 Score + 10 sign AIME I/ AOIME Score
USOJMO Index = AMC 10 Score + 10 sign AIME I/ AOIME Score

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There are many math competitions in the United States. Of those, only

AMC → AIME → USAMO sequence

would take you to the IMO (International Math Olympiad), the highest level math competition for high school students in the world!

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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 math competitions.

Great Benefits of Math Competitions

In an increasingly competitive college application pool, the process of mastering math skills through our courses and participating in the American Math Competitions will help students strengthen and diversify their extracurricular activities. These contests can motivate students’ interest and passion in math, and they can discover their talent through solving challenging problems different from those in the school classes. Many top colleges also request AMC scores as part of the college application process. Both MIT and Caltech have entry blanks on their official admission application forms for the applicant to enter their best AMC and AIME scores. Ivy League Colleges and Stanford ask for to the AMC and AIME scores in their Supplement to the Common Application Forms. Your children deserve the chance to list these scores on their applications! Good AMC scores will greatly enhance admission opportunities for students to elite colleges.

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Contact Information:

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Tel:  301-922-9508     or        240-780-8828
Email:  chiefmathtutor@gmail.com

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The AMC 8 Contest at the Montgomery College on November 10, 2020

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We will offer the AMC 8 contest to OUR local students at the Montgomery College.

AMC 8 Online Registration will open on September 3, 2020!

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 3:30pm — 4:30pm (please arrive 10 minutes early)

Germantown Campus:
Address: 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, MD 20876
Location: Global Hall Auditorium HT113, located on the first floor in the High Technology (HT) building.
View Germantown campus map here

Rockville Campus:
Address: 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850
Location: Room 461 in the Science Center (SC) Building
View Rockville campus map here

Note: Parking permit will be available.

You can find 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 real AMC 8 problems and answers, for your child’s practice, at:

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Henry Wan, Ph.D.
Senior Instructor in Math
Senior Math Coach Certified by the MAA
Tel: 240-406-3402
Email:  amcmarylandcenter@gmail.com
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For more details, see:

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The AMC 8 is a fun mathematics competition, aimed primarily at middle school students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Highly motivated 4th and 5th grade students are encouraged to participate as well. Last year the AMC 8 contest involved over 150,000 students worldwide.

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With these contests, there are awards in each school for the student with the highest score, certificates for high-scoring students in each school, and state-wide awards. The AMC 8 contest can lead to other more selective math contests, even all the way to the United States of America team sent to the International Mathematical Olympiad, the premier international high school level mathematical problem solving contest. But the real rewards come from challenging each student with mathematics that is new, different, and “outside of the box.” The problems on the contest are difficult, but designed to be within the reach of students. Even so, if your son or daughter managed to solve only one or two problems, this should be an encouragement to learn more, because these problems are meant to be more challenging than students routinely encounter in their mathematics courses.

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Mathematics is increasingly important in our technological and scientific age. Taking enough mathematics in school is the gateway to jobs and careers of all kinds, even those that are not explicitly mathematical, scientific or technological. We hope that by offering these contests, we can challenge and inspire students to want to learn more mathematics. We hope that your son or daughter enjoys the contests and will continue to take mathematics courses in middle school, high school and beyond.

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Important Dates for the AMC Competitions (2020 — 2021 School Year)

CompetitionCompetition DateTeacher’s Manual
AMC 8Tuesday, November 10, 2020
through Monday, November 16, 2020
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AMC 10/12 AThursday, February 4, 2021AMC 10 Manual
AMC 10/12 BWednesday, February 10, 2021AMC 12 Manual
AIME IWednesday, March 10, 2021

AIME Teacher’s Manual

AIME IIThursday, March 18, 2021AIME Teacher’s Manual
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MOP (The Mathematical Olympiad Program)June 2021 
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AMC 8 Contest:  Tuesday, November 10, 2020

We will offer the AMC 8 contest to our local students at the Montgomery College. See:

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AMC 10/12 A:  Thursday, February 4, 2021

 AMC 10/12 B:  Wednesday, February 10, 2021  

We will offer the AMC 10/12 A&B contests to OUR LOCAL students at the Montgomery College.  See:

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AIME I:  Wednesday, March 10, 2021

 AIME II:  Thursday, March 18, 2021

We will offer the AIME I&II contests at the Montgomery College. 

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MOP:  June 2021

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About the MAA American Mathematics Competitions

More than 500,000 students participate in the MAA American Mathematics Competitions each year, which leads the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem solvers.

The program begins at the middle school level of competition, AMC 8 and extends through high school with the AMC 10 and 12. Finally, the students with top scores are invited to take a series of invitational exams culminating in the USA Mathematical Olympiad and the International Mathematical Olympiad.

There are many math competitions in the United States. Of those, only

AMC → AIME → USAMO sequence

would take you to the IMO (International Math Olympiad), the highest level math competition for high school students in the world!

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Our Students

In 2020, we had 82 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 11 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12A: Yiyang X, and one of our students was among the 13 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Jason W.. 43 middle schoolers and 9 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

Read more at: 2020 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 82 Students Qualified for the AIME

In 2019, we had 71 students who obtained top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • 8 of our students were among the top 151 National Winners (Perfect Scorers), including 2 sixth graders.
  • 36 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers, as shown in Table 2.
  • 27 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers, as shown in Table 3.
  • 71 out of our 73 students (97.3%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2019 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Eight Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2019, we had 4 students qualified for the USAMO and 4 Students for the USAJMO.

  • Of the 280 USA Math Olympiad national qualifiers, 4 are our students: Luke C., Zipeng L., Sameer P., and Peter P.
  • Of the 235 USA Junior Math Olympiad national qualifiers, 4 are our students: Michael H., Noah W., Holden W., and Isabella Z.

Read more at: 2019 USAMO and USAJMO Qualifiers Announced — Four Students Qualified for the USAMO and Four Students for the USAJMO

In 2019, we had 76 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 22 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Noah W.and one of our students were among the 10 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12B: Kenneth WVery impressively, 32 middle schoolers and 7 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

In 2018, we had 64 students who obtained top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • of our students were among the top 44 National Winners (Perfect Scorers): Eric B., Kevin Y., and Isabella Z.
  • 40 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers.
  • 21 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers.
  • 64 out of our 66 students (96.5%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2018 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Three Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2018, we had 73 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. Two of our students were among the 35 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Austen M. and Jason W.  and two of our students were among the 21 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12B: Kaan D. and Edward W. Remarkably, 11 middle schoolers and 2 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!

In 2017, we had 63 students who earned top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • of our students were among the top 75 National Winners (Perfect Scorers).
  • 34 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers.
  • 22 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers.
  • 63 out of our 65 students (97%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

Read more at: 2017 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Seven Students Received Perfect Scores

In 2017, we had 61 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 28 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Austen M., and two of our students were among the 65 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10B: Ashwin A. and Brad Z. Remarkably, eight middle schoolers and one elementary schooler qualified for the AIME, which is geared toward high school students. Very impressively, Bryan Z., a 6th grader, gained a score of 132 out of 150 on the AMC 10B.Read more at: 2017 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 61 Students Qualified for the AIME

In 2016, we had 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

2011 – 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

2011 – 2015: In total, 23 students achieved perfect scores of 28 on the AMC 8

Read more at: Notable Achievements of Our Students

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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.

We have extracted 10,000 brand new problems at the level of the AMC 8/10/12 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.

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American Online Invitational Mathematical Exam (AOIME) Registration & Open Events

The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) has partnered with AoPS to support the administration of the new American Online Invitational Mathematical Exam (AOIME).

AOIME Registration
The AOIME is open to all students who qualified for the AIME (including those who already took the AIME I). The AOIME will take place on Saturday, June 6th from 1:30-5:30pm ET.

Registration for the AOIME closes this Friday (6/5) at 11:59pm ET. You can register for the contest and view contest details here:

AOIME Registration

Post-AOIME Open Events
We have a series of related events that are open to anyone interested in trying the official AIME problems and learning problem-solving strategies.

Unofficial AOIME Contest Access – June 7 – Sunday at 3:00 pm ET
Once the official AOIME testing window has passed, the AOIME will be open to unofficial contestants interested in playing through the AIME problems.

Problems from the AOIME Math Jam – June 8 – Monday at 3:00 pm ET
We’ll host a special Math Jam to go over all 15 problems from the 2020 American Online Invitational Mathematical Exam (AOIME). Even if you didn’t take the AOIME, feel free to follow along!

AIME Problem Writers Panel – June 10 – Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET
Join an AMA with the writers of the AIME. Bring your questions on problem writing, the AIME, and math contests in general.

中国专利申请量超越美国 说明什么?

中评社社评

中评社香港4月12日电(评论员 陈鸿斌)世界知识产权组织日前发表新闻公报称,2019年中国成为该组织《专利合作条约》(PCT)框架下国际专利申请量最多的国家。国际舆论认为,这一成就显示中国实施创新驱动发展战略和知识产权战略取得明显成效,表明中国创新能力和社会公众知识产权意识大幅提升。产权组织资料显示,2019年全球各项知识产权资料再创新高,提交国际专利申请量达26.58万件,比上年增加5.2%。其中中国提交了58990件专利申请,超过美国成为申请量最多的国家。

PCT是专利领域的一项国际合作条约,主要涉及专利申请的提交、检索及审查,旨在激励创新和推广创新成果。通过PCT来申请国际专利已成为涉外企业的首选,因为一份申请可以同时在所有缔约方为发明寻求专利保护,简单而且便利。专利所有权被广泛视为一个国家经济实力和工业技术能力的重要标志。

1999年中国的专利申请数仅276件,在短短20年内,中国的申请量便猛增200多倍,这在国际专利史上显然是前所未有的,这一快速发展当然应归功于中国政府全力推动创新。近年来中国实施创新驱动发展战略,加快建设创新型国家,创新成为推动中国经济高品质发展的重要引擎。

按企业排名,2019年,中国华为公司以4411件已公布申请连续3年成为企业申请人第一名。排名靠前的中国创新企业还有中兴、阿里巴巴和腾讯,显示出中国企业科技创新能力在不断提升。

中国在2017年取代日本成为国际专利申请的第二大国。此后中国只花了两年时间便超越美国,凸显出中国在先进技术领域的长足进步。

如今知识产权俨然已成为全球竞争的核心,但创新不是零和游戏,全球创新净增长意味着新技术和应对全球挑战新方案的出现,这将使所有人受益。

近年来,中国创新能力不断增强,科技创新成果量质齐升。中国创新投入的规模和增速已进入世界领先行列,研发经费支出从2006年的3003亿元增长到2018年的19678亿元,年均增长17%,世界排名从第六位上升至第二位。研发人员数量稳居世界第一位。

改革开放以来,中国在较短时间内建立了符合国际通行规则、门类较为齐全的知识产权法律制度,加入了几乎所有主要的知识产权国际公约,与全球80多个国家、国际组织或区域性组织建立了合作关系。“中国花大气力推进保护知识产权,取得了明显的成果。中国认识到知识产权保护对于提示竞争力至关重要,所以加强知识产权保护成为中国创新的重要推动力。中国政府一直十分重视知识产权在创新和经济发展中的重要作用,例如建立知识产权制度、相关基础设施、法律基础、关于知识产权的课程体系和专门法院等,这是无法否认的事实。

中国有效的知识产权保护每年给国外权利人带来巨大收益。资料显示,2019年中国对外支付的知识产权使用费超过340亿美元。美国《哈佛商业评论》指出,中国的知识产权制度对知识密集型企业的保护作用非常突出,其中也包括对外国企业的保护。在中国申请发明专利的等待时间要比欧美国家短,而且发明专利审查比欧洲一些国家更严格。

自1978年PCT体系投入运作以来,美国一直名列榜首,长期来根本没有一个国家能够撼动美国的这一地位。但千里搭凉棚没有不散的宴席,去年中国终于后来居上,使美国拱手让出了榜首地位。去年美国的申请量仅增加3%,以57840件屈居第二。中国迅速跃居榜首,这突出表明创新地理格局在向东方转移,这一趋势显然将持续相当一段时间。

此外,华为公司以4411件连续三年成为申请量最多的企业,欧珀、京东方和平安科技也跻身前十名,而美国仅有高通一家入列(第4位),日本和德国也分别只有一家公司跻身前十。尤其令人感到欣慰的是欧珀公司一举从2018年的第17位猛升至第5位,而平安科技更是从上年的第61位跻身前十名列第8位,其跃进态势令人咋舌,这充分显示出中国高科技企业并非只有华为公司一家在单打独斗。华为公司去年的研发投入高达1317亿元,增幅高达30%,如此高投入持续获得高产出也是理所当然的。一花引来百花开,中国企业在专利申请上的高歌猛进事态只是刚刚开篇,绝不会就此止步。

在大学榜单中,上榜的前十名也有4所来自中国,其中清华大学、深圳大学、华南理工和大连理工分别位列第二、第三、第五和第七名。这也足以表明,中国政府所推动的科教兴国战略正在显现其成效。

已连任12年总干事的高锐将于今年9月底期满卸任。今年3月上旬,在选举世界知识产权组织新的总干事问题上,美国联手日本和欧洲一些国家,竭尽全力阻止已连任两届该组织副总干事的中国候选人王彬颖。选举前两天,美国两党议员联名致函蓬佩奥,要求他对各国多活动,坚决阻止王彬颖当选。《华盛顿邮报》专栏作家乔希·罗金甚至大放厥词,说如果王彬颖当选就是“选抢银行的人当银行行长,”由此可见美国已焦虑到失态的程度。在美国四下活动之后,王彬颖虽然未能如愿以偿当选,但作为一个知识产权保护和创新大国,中国将一如既往以积极和建设性的姿态加强与该组织的联系,推动全世界知识产权保护事业的发展。

特朗普上任以来,以美国为首的西方国家指责中国侵犯知识产权的力度在不断加大。尤其是中美贸易战发生以来,美国指责中国在这一问题上已达到“炽热程度”,连特朗普总统本人也不断唠叨。美国著名中国通白邦瑞在其2015年推出的《与中国的百年马拉松》一书中,更声称中国“频频通过骇客入侵西方企业或机构,是全球首屈一指的知识产权盗窃集团。”但事实胜于雄辩,中国专利申请量超越美国,以铁的事实驳斥了美国对中国的无端指责,那些一直就此事喋喋不休的政客们无话可说,再也无法挑刺,向中国泼污水。

此时无声胜有声。用长足的发展和进步这一事实来回击指责,比语言和文字更有力得多!

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