American Invitational Mathematics Examination

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The American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME) is the second exam in the series of exams used to challenge bright students on the path toward choosing the team that represents the United States at the International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO). While most AIME participants are high school students, some bright middle school students also qualify each year.

High scoring AIME students are invited to take the prestigious United States of America Mathematics Olympiad (USAMO) for qualification from taking the AMC 12 or United States of America Junior Mathematics Olympiad (USAJMO) for qualification from taking the AMC 10.

The AIME is administered by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) is a proud sponsor of the AMC!

AIME
Region: USA
Type: Free Response
Difficulty: 3-6
Difficulty Breakdown:

Problem 1-5: 3
Problem 6-10: 4
Problem 10-12: 5
Problem 12-15: 6

Format

The AIME is a 15 question, 3 hour exam$^1$ taken by high scorers on the AMC 10, AMC 12, and USAMTS competitions. Qualification through USAMTS only is rare, however. Each answer is an integer from 000 to 999, inclusive, making guessing almost futile. Wrong answers receive no credit, while correct answers receive one point of credit, making the maximum score 15. Problems generally increase in difficulty as the exam progresses - the first few questions are generally AMC 12 level, while the later questions become extremely difficult in comparison. Calculators are not permitted.


$^1$ In the first two years (1983 and 1984) there was a 2.5 hour time limit instead of the current 3 hour limit.

Curriculum

The AIME tests mathematical problem solving with arithmetic, algebra, counting, geometry, number theory, and probability and other secondary school math topics. Problems usually require either very creative use of secondary school curriculum, or an understanding as to how different areas of math can be used together to investigate and solve a problem.


Resources

Links

Recommended reading


AIME Preparation Classes

  • AoPS hosts an online school teaching introductory classes in topics covered by the AIME as well as AIME preparation classes.
  • AoPS holds many free Math Jams, some of which are devoted to discussing problems on the AIME. Math Jam Schedule


AIME Exams in the AoPSWiki

This is a list of all AIME exams in the AoPSWiki. Some of them contain complete questions and solutions, others complete questions, and others are lacking both questions and solutions. Many of these problems and solutions are also available in the AoPS Resources section. If you find problems that are in the Resources section which are not in the AoPSWiki, please consider adding them. Also, if you notice that a problem in the Wiki differs from the original wording, feel free to correct it. Finally, additions to and improvements on the solutions in the AoPSWiki are always welcome.

Year Test I Test II
2022 AIME I AIME II
2021 AIME I AIME II
2020 AIME I AIME II
2019 AIME I AIME II
2018 AIME I AIME II
2017 AIME I AIME II
2016 AIME I AIME II
2015 AIME I AIME II
2014 AIME I AIME II
2013 AIME I AIME II
2012 AIME I AIME II
2011 AIME I AIME II
2010 AIME I AIME II
2009 AIME I AIME II
2008 AIME I AIME II
2007 AIME I AIME II
2006 AIME I AIME II
2005 AIME I AIME II
2004 AIME I AIME II
2003 AIME I AIME II
2002 AIME I AIME II
2001 AIME I AIME II
2000 AIME I AIME II
1999 AIME
1998 AIME
1997 AIME
1996 AIME
1995 AIME
1994 AIME
1993 AIME
1992 AIME
1991 AIME
1990 AIME
1989 AIME
1988 AIME
1987 AIME
1986 AIME
1985 AIME
1984 AIME
1983 AIME

See also

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