Introduce the AIME as a critical bridge between the AMC 10/12 exams and the US Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), aimed at high-achieving students who demonstrate exceptional problem-solving skills in mathematics. Highlight the importance of this competition in nurturing young talents for advanced mathematical challenges.

Exam Dates:

AIME I: Feb 1, 2024

AIME II: Feb 7, 2024




Exam Duration:

3 hours

3 hours

Exam Format:

15 questions

15 questions

How to Qualify for the AIME

To qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), students must first excel in either the AMC 10 or AMC 12 competitions. Specific criteria for AIME qualification include:

  • AMC 10 Qualification: Students in 10th grade or below who score 120 or more out of a possible 150 points, or who are in the top 2.5% of all AMC 10 participants, are eligible to participate in the AIME. This high threshold is set to ensure that younger students are well-prepared and capable of handling the challenging nature of the AIME without being overwhelmed.

  • AMC 12 Qualification: Students in 12th grade or below who achieve a score of 100 or more out of a possible 150 points, or who are in the top 5% of all AMC 12 participants, qualify for the AIME. This criterion acknowledges the comprehensive scope of high school mathematics and prepares students for further advanced studies.

AIME Qualification Adjustments

In 2011, adjustments were made to the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) qualification criteria to better accommodate variations in exam difficulty and to make the competition more inclusive. From the 2012 contests onward:

  • AMC 10: The qualification criteria expanded to include students scoring at least 120 points or ranking in the top 2.5%, replacing the previous threshold of 1% or 120 points established in 2004.
  • AMC 12: The standards remained consistent, qualifying students who scored at least 100 points or were in the top 5%, a practice unchanged since 2000.

AIME Training Courses

IvyMax offers specialized training courses tailored specifically for students preparing to compete in the AIME. These courses are designed to optimize students’ problem-solving skills and deepen their mathematical knowledge, preparing them for success in this challenging competition.

  • Course Structure: The AIME training courses at IvyMax are structured around interactive and intensive sessions that focus on the key areas tested in the AIME. The curriculum includes in-depth reviews of advanced algebra, geometry, number theory, and combinatorics, which are crucial for tackling AIME problems effectively.

  • Expert Instructors: Courses are led by experienced instructors who are not only experts in mathematics but also have a proven track record of coaching students to achieve high scores in math competitions. These instructors use innovative teaching methods that emphasize understanding core concepts, applying logic and creativity, and developing efficient problem-solving strategies.

  • Success Outcomes: Participants in IvyMax’s AIME training courses have consistently shown remarkable improvements in their scores and many have advanced to higher levels of mathematical competitions, including the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO). The training has not only enhanced their competition performances but also contributed significantly to their academic growth in mathematics.