On February 15, 2018 more than 120 George School students sat for the American Mathematics Competition (AMC). Six students, Tony Tian ’19, Justin Liu ’21, Ellen Zhang ’21, Tommy Wang ’21, Leon Li ’20, and Gavin Payne ’18, advanced to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).
This places them in the top 5 percent score (11th and 12th graders), or in the top 2.5 percent score (9th and 10th graders) of those who took the AMC. Only 350,000 math students qualify for this test every year.
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 will be a 15-question, 3-hour examination.
Calculators and computers are not allowed during the exam only scratch paper, graph paper, a ruler, a compass, and a protractor.
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).”