What is the AMC 10/12?
The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.
The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. Students in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 10. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excluding calculus. Students in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 12.
These competitions are administered around the country on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 and/or Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. 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. The AMC 10/12 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad (see Invitational Competitions).
Registration Deadlines and Competition Date
- AMC 10/12 A Early Bird Registration Deadline: January 9, 2017
- AMC 10/12 A Expedited Registration Deadline: January 24, 2017
- AMC 10/12 B Early Bird Registration Deadline: January 24, 2017
- AMC 10/12 B Expedited Registration Deadline: February 2, 2017
- AMC 10/12 A Competition Date: February 7, 2017
- AMC 10/12 B Competition Date: February 15, 2017
What is the difference in the A and B versions of the examinations?
Both the A and the B versions of the AMC 10 and the AMC 12 have the same number of questions, the same scoring and the same rules for administration. The only differences are the competition dates and that each version has a distinct set of questions, although the two examinations are designed to be equal in difficulty and distribution of topics. Schools can order one or both versions of the tests, so long as they pay the appropriate registration fee for each competition date, and purchase the competition bundles for each date.
Resources for Hosting the AMC 10/12
This section will include all of the resources you will need to host a successful AMC 10/12 in your school.
2017 AMC 10/12 TEACHER'S MANUAL
First, download and read the 2017 AMC 10/12 Teacher’s Manual for more details about how to host an AMC 10/12 competition.
Competition managers can find all additional forms needed below or on amc-reg.maa.org.
AMC 10/12B UPDATE
After a thorough investigation we have disqualified students and schools who did not uphold academic ethics during the AMC 10/12B exam last month. Any students or schools who do not follow AMC procedures during the administration of our exams are ineligible for AIME qualification.
As stated at the beginning of this AMC cycle, the AIME threshold is established using US and Canada student scores only. In 2017, the student score distribution from the US and Canada helped us set the AIME cutoff of at least the top 2.5% for the 10B exam and at least the top 5% of the 12B exam eligible scores.
We rely on our competition managers and student participants each year to help uphold the integrity of the MAA American Mathematics Competitions. Thank you for your commitment to academic ethics and the AMC program.
The AIME qualifying scores for the 2017 AMC 10/12B are:
- AMC 10B: 120
- AMC 12B: 100.5
These cutoffs were determined using the score distribution from US and Canadian schools. They reflect the inclusion of at least the top 5% of AMC 12B participants and at least the top 2.5% of AMC 10B participants. If you scored at or above the cutoff score on these competitions, you have qualified for the 2017 AIME, congratulations!
Preparing Your Students for the AMC 10/12
These resources will help you to prepare your students for the types of questions that can be found on the AMC 10/12 exam.
After review of the Teacher’s Manual and the above resources if you still have questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions below.
FAQs for the AMC 10/12
Q. What material is covered on the AMC 10 and 12?
A. The AMC 10 covers mathematics normally associated with grades 9 and 10. The AMC 10 assumes knowledge of elementary algebra; basic geometry knowledge including the Pythagorean Theorem, area and volume formulas; elementary number theory; and elementary probability. What are excluded are trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school mathematics curriculum including the above as well as trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry but excludes calculus.
Q. Who is eligible to take the AMC 10 and the AMC 12?
A. Students with a passion for problem-solving who are in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 10. Students in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 12.
Q. Who can proctor the competition?
A. The proctoring of any AMC 10/12 should be by a teacher (preferably a mathematics teacher) or administrator at the school; a college or university teacher of mathematics, or a responsible adult such as a math club coach or librarian. The proctoring of the exam must take place in a public building, (e.g. school, library, college or university, church). The proctor should not be related to any of the participants.
Q. When are official scores and reports released for the AMC 10 and 12?
A. It takes approximately three weeks from the competition date to score and report the AMC 10 and AMC 12 answer forms. Results are included in The AMC Toolkit: Results and Resources for Competition Managers link sent electronically. The AMC office will send the results link by email as soon as the answer forms are scored. If you have not received your results in a digital report via email from the AMC program within 30 days after competition dates, please contact AMC to verify that your answer forms were in fact received. The AMC Toolkit: Results and Resources for Competition Managers is emailed to the competition manager whose email is listed on the registration form used to order the competition.
Q. How do I request a rescore of my answer forms?
A. Use the AMC 10/12 Rescoring Request Form to request a rescore. There is a $35 charge for each student answer form that is rescored. The official answers will be the ones blackened on the answer form. All student answer forms returned for grading will be recycled 80 days after the AMC 10/12 competition date.
Q. Can I order more bundles even if I’ve already registered my school for the AMC 10/12?
A. Yes, use the AMC 10/12 Additional Bundles Form or go to amc-reg.maa.org. Orders of additional bundles for the AMC 10/12 A will be accepted until January 23, 2017, and orders of additional bundles for the AMC 10/12 B will be accepted until February 2, 2017.
Q. Can a student take both competitions?
A. Yes, as long as a student is eligible to take the appropriate competitions. That is, a 10th grader or below can take the both AMC 10 A and the AMC 10 B, the AMC 12 A and the AMC 12 B, etc, and an 11th or 12th grader can take the AMC 12 A and the AMC 12 B. However, in order to do this the school will have to register for both dates and order competition bundles for each exam.
Q. What if a school registers for one date, then later wants to change the registration to the other date?
A. Although we discourage a change in date because of potential confusion, a change in date is permitted under certain circumstance. If the competition materials have not been shipped and time permits according to the registration schedule, a school can pay the corresponding change in registration fee (plus any change in bundles) to change contest dates. Additional fees must be paid by credit card when a change in date is requested to expedite changes. Please email email@example.com to process this change.