American Mathematics Competitions
Maine Chapter

P.O. Box 496 Orono 04473

Eva Szillery PhD State Director

Why Should Students Participate in the American Mathematics Competitions?

The American Mathematics Competitions are the longest running and most prestigious Mathematics Competition in the United States.  AMC is the only way for a student to reach the USA Mathematical Olympiad.

The mission of the MAA's American Mathematics Competitions is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving skills through a fun competition. The students benefit from the chance to challenge students with interesting mathematical questions that are aligned with curriculum standards at all levels of difficulty. Furthermore, students gain the opportunity to achieve and compare themselves through competition with students in their school and around the US, Canada and several other participating countries.

Unlike any other mathematics program or gifted program, the American Mathematics Competitions challenge students and provide the upward mobility for students. The upward mobility and the quality, well sequenced problems are the trade marks of the American Mathematics Competitions.

Participation in the AMC competition starts with preparation. Students can prepare themselves. Thanks to the Internet, anyone can find students, teachers or mathematicians to discuss interesting math problems any time of the day, any season. If you visit the Art of Problem Solving website, you can find students from all over the country–indeed all over the world–discussing interesting math competition problems, from old competitions, or from the latest competition any time of day or night.


For students of ages 8- 14.5:

The AMC 8 competition will take place on November 19, 2013.


For grades 9 and 10:


For grades 11 and 12:


The AMC 10 and AMC 12 Competition will take place on February 4th, 2014 (10A and 12 A) and on February 19, 2014 (10B and 12B).


If your school does not participate in the American Mathematics Competitions, you may participate in AMC at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, at Colby College in Waterville, at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor or at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. (for more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Participation at these colleges is free for students, but space is limited.

Our economy needs scientists and engineers - for all these professions excellence in problem solving is a key ingredient for success. The skills students learn from the problems and solutions will help in retrospect years after school or college years are behind.

If you have questions, please contact Eva Szillery at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit

For more information visit the nationwide website:, choose “competitions”

Or, go directly to MAA AMC Frequently Asked Questions: