Frequently Asked Questions
Sorry, we won't be able to pay for any of these expenses. We hope that won't dissuade you from participating.
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.
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.
Yes, cash awards are generally treated as taxable income. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
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.
The money is yours to do with as you like. Your parents may have some ideas on what to do with the award. Paying for college education is certainly one good use, but the decision is yours.
Sorry, we can't accept applications after the deadline. If eligible, you can apply next year.
Sorry, every applicant must have taken one of the official administrations 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.
Nothing! There is no fee to apply or to participate.
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.
The Advantage Testing Foundation is the public-service arm of Advantage Testing, a private tutorial service dedicated to academic rigor and long-term educational development. The mission of the AT Foundation is to advance the academic and professional students of every background by expanding their educational opportunities.
Send us a message on our Contact form explaining what needs to be corrected. We will update your record.
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.