The American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME) is a highly prestigious math competition organized by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
AIME math contests are the next step in the AMC series of competitions that culminate with the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Top scorers of the AMC 10 and 12 are invited to appear for the AIME. Each year, there are roughly 3000 AIME qualifiers, though the exact number varies.
The AIME test consists of 15 questions to be completed in 3 hours, and each answer is an integer between 000 and 999. A student's AIME score is calculated by the number of questions they answer correctly. There is no negative marking in AIME results.
Top students who receive an AIME qualifying score are invited to take the USA's national math olympiad, which is the next stage in the series of math competitions.
Syllabus & Schedule
Algebra, Geometry, Number Theory, and Combinatorics
Challenging contest with only a handful of high scores. Qualifying is quite an accomplishment, and very few are able to solve many questions on it. Deep understanding of the topics in necessary.
The AIME is generally sometime in early-to-mid March, and occurs about one month after the AMC 10/12.
The 2020 AIME I was administered on March 11, 2020.
AIME Qualifiers: Criteria & Format
The AIME test is a 15 problem exam. There are 180 minutes given in the exam. Problems increase in difficulty as the problem number increases.
How to Qualify for AIME: Understanding AIME Results
AIME qualifiers represent the top 2.5% of AMC 10 test-takers and the top 5% of AMC 12 test-takers.
AIME Training: 15 Questions
The AIME exam is a 15 problem exam.
Visit our Archive to see the previous year problems for AIME training purposes.
180 Minutes for the AIME test
There are 180 minutes given in the exam. There is more time per problem, but the problems are still computational.
Difficulty of the AIME test
Problems increase in difficulty as the problem number increases.
These questions are difficult short-answer computational problems.
The 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).
108 students qualified for AIME at Random Math in 2021-2022 (86% of AIME class)
We’ve grown from a single qualifier in 2017 to 108 in just 5 years! 108 out of 125 students at Random Math qualified for AIME this year -giving us a result density of 86% for the November 2021 exam.
We’re aiming to reach 150 AIME qualifiers by November 2022.