AMC 10 and AMC 12 at Stanford 2013

2013 information for taking the AMC10 and AMC12 at Stanford

Important note:
as of this writing (January 15, 2013), the registrar has not confirmed our room assignment for the AMC 10/12 A exams on February 5th. We believe we will be able to accomodate everyone on that date, but we can't yet say so with certainty. However, with the contest three weeks away, we wanted to open up the signup sheet. Those who sign up will receive updates as we learn more.

Our room assignments for the AMC10/12B exam on February 20th have been confirmed.

I am pleased to announce that the Stanford Math Circle, in cooperation with the Stanford Mathematics Department and the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies Program, is again able to offer the AMC 10 and 12 to a limited number of eligible students in the Bay Area on Tuesday, February 5 2013 and Wednesday, February 20, 2011.

Some details of location and timing are not completely finalized for the 10/12 A exams on February 5th. We believe these contests will begin at 5 PM. Updates will be sent to those who sign up.

We can confirm that the AMC 10/12 B exams on Wednesday February 20th will be held beginning at 6 PM.

Please read the entire document if you wish to participate -- ESPECIALLY "Who is eligible to participate at SMC" and "What you must do to participate at SMC"!


The "AMC 10" and "AMC 12" are each 75 minute, 25 question math competitions in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with pre-calculus concepts. Any student in grade 12 or younger may take the AMC 12; only students in grade 10 or younger may take the AMC 10. The contests are meant to be enjoyable, spurring interest in mathematics and offering challenging problems of a different nature than those you may encounter in a math class.

For 2013 the tests will be offered on the two dates listed above (each date will have a different version of the tests). Students may participate in either test, or both -- it is possible to take the AMC 10 on one date and the AMC 12 on the other, assuming all other eligibility requirements are met.

For the most complete information about the AMC tests, see their web site. [Please note that the "Registration" link at that web site is for schools and test sites -- individual students do NOT register at that site! Those who wish to take the test at EPGY should read the instructions below.]

Sample questions for each exam may be found at: and

For 2013: Students who score above 100 points or in the top 5% [whichever is lower] on the AMC 12 and students who score above 120 points or in the top 2.5% [whichever is lower] on the AMC 10, will be invited to participate in the AIME (American invitational math exam) in March. Roughly top 200 scorers on that exam (who are US citizens or permanent residents) will be invited to participate in either the USAMO (USA Math Olympiad) or the USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad. These contests will be used to select the US Math Olympiad team for the International Mathematics Olympiad, and the participants in the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program run by the AMC.


The Stanford Math Circle is allowed to offer these exams to students whose own schools do not already . If your school offers the AMC 10 or AMC 12, you must take it there. Most public high schools on the peninsula, and many in other parts of the Bay Area, DO offer these exams. Some middle schools even offer the AMC 10! If you are uncertain whether your school offers the exam, please ask the math department there first. PLEASE do not sign up to take the exam at the SMC if your school offers the exam, you must take the exam at your own school.

Students in 11th and 12th grade may only take the AMC 12; students in 10th grade or below may choose to take either the AMC 10 or AMC 12; however, on February 5th you may only take ONE test (wheter AMC 10A or AMC 12A), and on February 20th you may only take ONE test (either AMC10B or AMC12B).

We currently plan to administer the tests from 5 to 7 PM on Tuesday, February 5th (tentative!) and from 6 to 8 PM on Wednesday, Feb 23rd. We are not yet certain of how many students we can accept on Feb 5th, but we can accept up to 200 on Feb 23rd.


Before the date, please fill out the form at the following link:

The specific location will be sent out to those who register one week before the competition. Please direct other interested students to sign up on the web form, do not simply share the location and timing information with them.IT IS IMPORTANT THAT EVERYONE WHO SHOWS UP TO TAKE THE CONTEST SIGN UP ON THE WEB FORM LINKED TO ABOVE.

Driving directions to campus and assorted maps are available at: Parking on the oval is most convenient to the building -- and is free after 4 PM -- but it may be difficult to find a space nearby. Permits are not required after 4 PM.

The exam lasts for 75 minutes, please arrive on time in order to fill out an information form. After the exam, we will go over some of the questions with anyone who wants to stay!

Bring the following items: