American Mathematics Contest (AMC) at Oakton

Oakton Community College hosts the American Mathematics Contest (AMC). The Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions organizes such national contests to recognize and reward student excellence in mathematics.

AMC 8 scheduled on November 12, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.. is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics that promotes problem-solving skills. Students in grade 8 or lower -- homeschooled or enrolled in area middle schools are invited to participate. Younger students may also compete. The contest starts promptly at 4:30 p.m.. at the College’s Des Plaines campus at 1600 East Golf Road. Arrive early to check-in. 

AMC 10/12 is a 25-question, 75 minute, multiple-choice exam in high school math. Students in grades 9 -10 and lower and age 17.5 or younger are invited to participate in AMC 10. Students in grades 11-12 and 19.5 years old or younger on contest date are invited to participate in AMC 12. AMC 10 and 12 are both held on Thu., January 30, 2020 and Wed., February 5, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

Registration (AMC 10/12) to participate at Oakton is now open. 

In preparation for the competition, bring No. 2 pencils. Allowed aids include rulers, compasses, protractors, and eraser. We will provide scratch paper and graph paper. No calculators, smartwatches, phones, or computing devices are allowed. No problems on the exam will require the use of a calculator. Students should be prepared to answer completely their name (Last, First), date of birth and grade (to confirm eligibility to participate in AMC 10 or AMC 12), street address, city/town, state, zip code, and School CCEB (Oakton's will be provided). Test booklet, answer sheet, and all scratch and graph papers will be collected at the end of the test.

Top scorers in AMC 10 and/or AMC 12 qualify to compete in the American Invitational Mathematics Examination with the possibility of qualifying to compete in the International Mathematics Olympiad. Oakton Community College will host these exams for all students who qualify from its site.

Results and awards will be emailed approximately one to two months after the competition date.

The event is free and sponsored by Oakton's Department of Mathematics and the Center for Promoting STEM.

For more information about the AMC at Oakton, contact:

Gloria Liu, coordinator, Center for Promoting STEM, at 847.635.1738 or

Dorota Zak, associate professor of mathematics, at 847.635.1961 or

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