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AMC Policies

AMC Policies

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Lost or Delayed Packages

In order to receive your score report and any certificates earned, answer sheets must be received by the MAA AMC office by the date stated in the Important Deadlines and Information form. The MAA AMC is not responsible for lost or delayed answer sheets. Answer sheets received after these deadlines will not be scored. This means that students will not be eligible to qualify for the additional invitational competitions and their scores will not appear on the MAA AMC website.

The AMC Office is not responsible for replacing lost competition materials including school ID forms, return envelopes, and answer sheets. These materials may be replaced at the expense of the competition manager or school.

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Inclement Weather and School Cancelation Policy

If school is canceled on the day that the AMC 8 was scheduled, the competition manager can administer the AMC 8 on a different day as long as it falls within the AMC 8 competition period noted in the Teacher’s Manual. The AMC 8 cannot be administered after the final day of the competition period.

If school is canceled on the day of the AMC 10 A and AMC 12 A or the AIME I, the competition manager must contact AMC customer service immediately at amcinfo@maa.org to register the school for the AMC 10 B and AMC 12 B or the AIME II. If school is canceled on the day of the AMC 10 B and AMC 12 B or the AIME II, the competition manager can administer the competition at an alternative location such as a local place of worship, a different school, a university, or a library. The competition manager must receive approval from the school administration before offering the competition at an alternative location. Additional competition dates are not offered for the AMC 10 B, AMC 12 B, and AIME II if school is canceled on these dates.

If there is a natural disaster declared by FEMA, and the school offering the competition is located within the affected counties, the school may request a full refund for materials.

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American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) Qualification

The MAA AMC program will determine the cutoff indexes that will qualify students to participate in the AIME each year. Once the cutoffs are set and announced, they will not be changed. Qualification parameters for the AIME depend on the results of the AMC 10 and AMC 12 competitions. For the AMC 10, at least the top 2.5% of all scorers from the A and B competition dates are invited, and for the AMC 12, at least the top 5% of all scorers on each version are invited.

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USA Mathematical Olympiad and USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad Qualification

After the AIME I and AIME II are scored, the MAA AMC program will determine the cutoff indexes that will qualify students for USAMO or USAJMO participation. Each year the MAA AMC program selects approximately 500 students total for the two Olympiads. Once the indexes are set and announced, they will not be changed. The USAMO and USAJMO indexes are calculated as follows:

USAMO Index = AMC 12 Score + 10 x AIME Score
USAJMO Index = AMC 10 Score + 10 x AIME Score

If a student’s scores qualify them for both the USAMO and the USAJMO, they will be invited to take the USAMO. Only students who are U.S. citizens or currently attending school in the United States or Canada are eligible to participate in the USAMO and USAJMO.

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Competition Administration:

The MAA AMC is a school-based competition. The competition is administered by a competition manager. This person must be a teacher, faculty member, or administrator affiliated with the school and must use a valid school email address for registration. They must be an adult who is not related to any of the participants. Under no circumstances may a parent or guardian of a student taking the AMC be involved in the administration of the competition. The competition must take place at the school or institution that has registered for the competition.

*Effective 2019 - 2020 competition cycle, only accredited schools and institutions will be allowed to administer MAA AMC competitions.

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AIME Administration Location:

Students must take the AIME at the same competition location where they took the AMC 10 or AMC 12. This is to ensure that a student’s AMC 10 or AMC 12 score can be matched with their AIME score for USA Mathematical Olympiad qualification. In the event that competition manager is unable to offer AIME I or II or a student absolutely cannot take the AIME at the same competition location it is the competition manager’s responsibility to reach out to nearby schools listed on the Additional Competition locations webpage, make arrangements with a different competition manager for their student, complete the Change of Venue Form and send the form in to the Service Center (amcinfo@maa.org).

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International Qualification for AIME:

Any student who takes the AMC 10/12 internationally is eligible to qualify for the AIME and our international partners are licensed to administer the competition. For all of our competitions that are offered internationally, students' results are not included in our system and their names will not be reported online when we announce award winners such as honor roll and honor roll of distinction recipients. U.S. citizens that qualify for the AIME and receive an AMC 10/12 and AIME score which qualifies them for the USAMO or USAJMO are allowed to participate in those competitions abroad. The exam must be taken at the same time as students in the U.S. and students taking that competition abroad must adhere to the same rules and regulations as their peers taking it domestically.

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AIME Printing

The AIME is emailed to all competition managers with AIME qualifiers, who are responsible for printing the competition booklets on the competition day. Please ensure you have an updated version of Adobe PDF reader to ensure the document displays the competition accurately. If for any reason an error is discovered based on the PDF reader, contact us immediately, (amcinfo@maa.org). Our office will investigate and make appropriate scoring modifications.

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AIME II Registration

Students who qualified for the AIME will automatically be registered to take the AIME I. If a competition manager cannot administer the AIME I and needs to administer the AIME II instead, they must complete the AIME II registration form and pay the associated fees by the stated deadline.

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Refund/Credit Policy

If your school is unable to take the competition, please use the materials as practice sets to prepare for next year’s competition or as supplemental classroom materials. Do not return the competition materials. We cannot give refunds or credits after the competition materials have shipped.

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Answer Sheet Bubbling Policy

Students must correctly mark the competition in which they are participating in the field in the top left corner of page one of the AMC 10/12 Answer Sheet. Failure to properly mark this field will result in the automatic disqualification of a student’s answer sheet.

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IMO Team Selection

The road to the International Mathematical Olympiad begins with the AMC 10/12. Students hoping to qualify for the IMO must first take the AMC 10 or AMC 12. Top performing students on those competitions are then invited to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). Students who do exceptionally well in those two competitions are then invited to participate in the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) or the United States of America Junior Mathematical Olympiad (USAJMO). About 60 of the top performing students are then invited to attend the Mathematical OIympiad Program where they begin a series of team selection tests which determine the final six students that the United States will go on to send to the International Mathematical Olympiad.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • To participate in the AMC 8, a student must be in grade 8 or below and also under 14.5 years of age on the day of the competition.
  • To participate in the AMC 10 a student must be in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the competition.
  • To participate in the AMC 12 a student must be in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the competition.

A student may only take one competition per competition date. Students are permitted to take the A version of any competition and the B version of any competition if they meet the age and grade requirements. For example, a student can take the AMC 10 A and AMC 12 B, or the AMC 10 A and AMC 10 B. However, that student may not take the AMC 10 A and AMC 12 A.

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Scoring Errors

If you believe that a scoring error has been made, please use the Rescore Request Form to request a review of the student’s answer sheet. There is a $35.00 charge for each student answer sheet that is rescored. The answers that are rescored will be the ones blackened on the answer form. In cases where errors are encountered after scores have already been posted, changes may not be reflected on the MAA AMC website. However, the MAA AMC office can provide supporting documentation with the correct score to the student. All student answer forms returned for grading will be recycled 80 days after the competition date.

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Permitted Materials

AMC 8 - AMC 10/12 - AIME
The only materials that students are allowed to have on themselves during the competition are blank scratch paper, blank graph paper, rulers, protractors, compasses, and erasers. NO CALCULATORS OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED. No questions require the use of a calculator.

USAMO - USAJMO
The only materials that students are allowed to have on themselves during the competition are rulers, compasses, and erasers. Unlike the AMC 10/12 and AIME, students are not allowed to use graph paper or protractors during the competition. NO CALCULATORS OR ELECTRONIC DEVICES OF ANY KIND ARE ALLOWED.

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Use of Translation Dictionaries

Students learning “English as a Second Language” (ESL) may use a hard-copy, nontechnical dictionary to translate between their native language and English. The dictionary must be given to the school competition manager to examine and retain for the 24-hour period preceding the competition. No additional time will be given to students using a translation dictionary.

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