Frequently Asked Questions
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Where is MIT?
MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is located
in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
just across the river from Boston.
Cambridge is home to both MIT and Harvard University.
What is the AMC score cutoff?
The cutoff scores will change each year. In general, they will be close to the scores needed to qualify for the AIME exam, or a little above.
Is the prize money taxable?
Yes, cash awards are generally treated as taxable income. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
How and to whom is the prize money distributed?
We will issue the prize money as checks made out to the winning students.
Before distributing the checks,
we reserve the right to verify the students' eligibility
and application information.
We expect to mail the checks within 60 days of the contest.
It's after February and I didn't know about the AMC exams. Are there any exceptions?
every applicant must have taken one of the AMC exams
in February of the same year as the contest.
We have no other practical and uniform mechanism
to compare the math abilities of students.
Standardized tests such as the SAT are less rigorous than the AMC exams
and so we can't accept scores from them.
More than 200,000 students take the AMC 10 and 12 exams each year.
If you can, we urge you to take the AMC exams next February
and then apply for Math Prize next year.
What is the format of the contest?
The contest will consist of 20 problems in 2.5 hours. The problems will be challenging ones that test mathematical creativity and insight. Answers will be numerical. Topics will not stray beyond high-school mathematics; there will be no calculus on the contest.
I'm not sure whether I can make it to Massachusetts. Should I apply?
By applying, you are indicating that you are likely to come to Massachusetts in September if selected. If, after applying and being selected, you realize that you won't be able to participate, please let us know as soon as possible. We might be able to offer your spot to someone else.