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Attention, young mathematicians. Penn State Mont Alto is hosting the American Mathematics Competitions in February. You are invited. You could go far, perhaps all the way to national completion.

The Feb. 5 competition for high school students is administered by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).

The competitions start in the auditorium of the General Studies building at 9 a.m. Students should arrive at 8:45 a.m. The test concludes at 10:30 a.m. Afterward, tours of the campus will be available to interested students.

The Mont Alto campus is the only public site for the AMC in this area. It is one of only six such sites in Pennsylvania. 

The purpose of the contests is to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through solving challenging problems in a timed, multiple-choice format.

Open to All Students

The contest is open to all students, including home-schooled students if they meet the MAA age and grade equivalency requirements.

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Students who perform above a certain level in the contest can participate in additional competitions. They could go as high as the International Mathematical Olympiad.

“We hope to have many local high school students on campus for this event,” said Ashley Wiley, Penn State Mont Alto instructor.

The competition promotes the study of mathematics and acts as the first step in the path to the International Mathematical Olympiad,” she said. 

Two Versions of the Test

• The AMC 10 is for students in a program leading to a high school diploma. They must be under 17 1/2 on the day of the contest, and in 10th grade or less.
• The AMC 12 is for students in a program leading to a high school diploma and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest.

Both contests are free of charge but participants must register. To register, or for more information, contact Penn State Mont Alto mathematics professor Ashley Wiley at For general questions about the AMC, visit

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