The MAA American Mathematics Competitions (MAA AMC) is dedicated to the goal of strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation’s youth. We believe that one way to meet this goal is to identify, recognize, and reward excellence in mathematics through a series of national contests called the:
For over 60 years many excellent exams have been prepared by individuals throughout our mathematical community in the hope that all secondary students will have an opportunity to participate in these problem solving and enriching mathematics experiences. The MAA AMC contests are designed to engage students and teachers in effective mathematical problem-solving that are consistent with curricular goals, and prepare students for future mathematical success.
In addition to the 5 contests listed above, we also have an invitation-only summer program, at which we choose the final six contestants for an international competition:
For a calendar of current contest dates, please visit and bookmark our calendar.
On Thursday, May 11, 1950 the first Mathematical Contest, sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Section of the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) took place. It was given in approximately 238 schools to around 6,000 students in the New York area only. The following exerpt is taken from the Report of the Committee addressed to that year’s participating teachers:
The first mathematics contest sponsored by the New York Metropolitan Section of the MAA is now history. It was a lot of work getting the contest organized and finally holding it. Like all new projects, we worried about it. Would the High Schools participate? Would they like the test? Is it worth while? Will any good be produced by it? Will it be a success?
Over 60 years and three generations later we can answer all of the Committee's questions with a resounding Yes! Yes! Yes! The overall success of this program can be viewed by simply looking at our growth in numbers. Each year over 350,000 students in roughly 6000 schools participated in the MAA AMC Contests. Of these, 10,000 students qualify each year to participate in the AIME scheduled for late March/early April. From this group approximately 500 students will be invited to take the prestigous USAMO in early May.
MAA is proud to be able to provide the opportunity for students, together with their teachers, to engage in high-quality mathematical problem-solving. The American Mathematics Competition sets the standard for preparing today's students for succeeding in mathematics in postsecondary education and carreers. We're truly preparing today's students to solve tomorrow's challenges.