More than 115 George School students sat for the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Eight students – William Carson ’20, Forest Ho-Chen ’22, Pasit Jindanuwat ’20, Jason Liu ’22, Justin Liu ’21, Thana Somsirivattana ’20, Tommy Wang ’21, and Ellen Zhang ’22 – advanced to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).
Forest, Thana, Justin, and Ellen are among the top 2.5 percent of test takers, and Pasit earned distinction as a top 1 percent scorer.
The AMC 10/12 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead to the International Mathematical Olympiad. For the AMC test, students took a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice exam designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The AIME exam, which is the next step in the competition, will be a 15-question, 3-hour examination.
The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) website states that, “The questions on the AIME are much more difficult than those on the AMC 10 and AMC 12 competitions. Top scoring students on the AIME are invited to take the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) or the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO).”