Students participate in first round of national math competition

Sophie Haber

Students opted to take the American Mathematics Competition test, which is meant to evaluate problem-solving and analytical skills, on Tuesday.

“The test gives students the chance to answer questions that are not like the questions on the SAT and not like questions in a math class, because they get to use creative problem solving,” math teacher Catherine Campbell said.

The exam was comprised of 25 multiple choice questions aimed toward establishing the innovative skills required for future careers in STEM fields, according to the AMC website.

“It was very hard because I am not used to answering those types of questions,” Tierni Kaufman ’19 said. “I’m glad I did it though, because it was challenging in a good way.”

Sophomores who score in the top 2.5 percent of AMC 10 participants and juniors and seniors who score in the top 5 percent of AMC 12 participants will qualify to take the American Invitational Mathematics Exam.

Students who qualify after the AIME can advance to the USA Mathematics Olympiad and then the World Mathematics Olympiad.