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The 51st annual American High School Mathematics Examination (AHSME) will be given on February 15, 2000. The name of the contest has changed, however, to AMC12. The AMC12 is a problem solving exam designed to encourage and recognize mathematical ability among high school students. Starting in year 2000, the American Math Competitions will add a fifth contest, the AMC10 for students in grades 10 and below. The exam has been given nationwide since 1948 and was taken last year by 10,000 students in Carolina alone. Taking the AHSME is the first step towards competing in the International Math Olympiad, but the exam is intended for average students as well as superstars. If you are a high school student or teacher, have you thought about participating? To access a copy of the special 50th anniversary AHSME, Click Here

Teachers: Why Give the Exam?

Problem solving is the fun part of mathematics that attracted many of us to the field. The AHSME gives you a chance to pass that excitement you have for math onto your students. If you are a high school teacher, here are some reasons to consider registering your school for the AHSME

The exam promotes problem solving, in keeping with the NCTM standards.
We have old exams and sample booklets for you to use with your class.
The exam is administered at your school and takes only 75 minutes.
We do the grading and mail you the results and an award for your highest scoring student.
Since problems range in difficulty from easy to extremely hard, the exam benefits students at all levels. Many schools in North Carolina give the exam to over 100 students annually

Middle school and junior high school teachers may be interested in the AMC--8, formerly called the American Junior High School Mathematics Exam.

Students: Why Take the Exam?

If you're a high school student interested in mathematics, the AMC--12 or the new AMC--10 was designed for you. Here are a few reasons you might want to participate:

It's fun.
Participation in the AHSME looks good on a college application, and some colleges offer AHSME scholarships to students with high scores.
The AMC contests will prepare you for Math Team competitions (and vice versa!)
The AMC contests are the first step towards competing in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, the USA Math Olympiad, and the International Olympiad.

If you are interested in taking the exam, ask your math teacher about it. If your school does not offer the exam then send email to and let us know your name, your school's name, and the city and state you live in. You may be able to register to take the AHSME as an individual if you are homeschooled.

Dates for the
2000 Exams

The 51st annual AHSME took place on February 15, 2000. Students scoring over 92 points on the AHSME were invited to write the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) on March 28. The Unites States Math Olympiad will be given on May 2 to students who excel on both the AHSME and the AIME. The 1999 American Junior High School Mathematics Exam (AMC-->8) will be given on November 16.

To Get More

Professors Betty Reiter, Computer and Information Systems instructor at Central Piedment Community College and Harold Reiter of University of North Carolina Charlotte are joint directors of the AHSME for North Carolina. For more information about the AHSME in North Carolina, send email to, phone us at (704) 547-4561 or (704) 364-5699, or follow these links:

An overview of the AHSME
Sample questions from the AHSME
An invitation brochure for the AHSME, with registration form and list of publications

If you live outside North Carolina, you may wish to contact the regional director for your state or province. Unusually talented junior or middle school students occasionally take the AHSME but may also wish to consider taking the American Mathematics Competitions--8

The American High School Mathematics Exam is administered by

American Mathematics Competitions.

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Last updated December 31, 1999.

Acknowledgement: we express our great thanks to Dan Seabold of Hofstra University in New York for providing us with the New York AHSME web pages.