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Good AMC 12 Score

rickpaul80rickpaul80 Posts: 372Registered User Member
edited July 2005 in College Admissions
What is considered a "good" AMC 12 score that would impress an adcom?
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  • hahahahahaha Posts: 57Registered User Junior Member
    I don't know, I believe the average is around 2, so I would think that a score of 5 or 6 or above would look pretty good.
  • PoloniusMouthPoloniusMouth Posts: 254Registered User Junior Member
    hahaha, ur talking about the AIME. I got a 128 on my AMC 12. :) got a 5 on the AIME
  • PoloniusMouthPoloniusMouth Posts: 254Registered User Junior Member
    i was close to qualifying for Math Olympiad but still, if i had gotten 3 more right i woulda did it :D
  • hahahahahaha Posts: 57Registered User Junior Member
    haha oops!!
    Yea, I was talking about the AIME. I got a 118 ( :( ) on the AMC 12 and a 6 on the AIME.
    Congrats on those scores PoloniusMouth!
  • texas137texas137 Posts: 2,143Registered User Senior Member
    6 is an excellent score on the AIME! Top 5-10% of AMC takers, depending on year.
  • hahahahahaha Posts: 57Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks, texas. Hmmm if I recall correctly, it was YOU who told me about the exam 2 or so years ago, when I was looking for some math competitions. Thanks!
    Yea I was happy with my 6, but disappointed in my stupid mistakes on the AMC---for example, for how many numbers is it true that a^2 = a. thats what one of the problems boiled down to. and i put 1---because I only thought about the number 0, I forgot about 1.
    Ehh, whatever, it was still really fun.
    Hahaha
  • texas137texas137 Posts: 2,143Registered User Senior Member
    hahaha - I'm glad to hear you've had fun! I think math contests are a lot of fun, but it's easy to make stupid mistakes given the time constraints. The 6 on the AIME is much more impressive, and probably reflects your ability more than the AMC score of 112. If you apply to MIT or Caltech, there will be a place right on the app for your scores, and the AIME score will definitely help you.
  • atomicfusionatomicfusion Posts: 1,987Registered User Senior Member
    What percentile do you need to get on the AMC 12 in order to be able to take the AIME? Wouldn't just qualifying for the AIME be impressive to colleges?
  • texas137texas137 Posts: 2,143Registered User Senior Member
    What percentile do you need to get on the AMC 12 in order to be able to take the AIME? Wouldn't just qualifying for the AIME be impressive to colleges?

    top 5% or score over 100.

    Anyone who qualifies for the AIME should mention it. But if you only score a 1-2, I don't think I'd mention that.
  • tanonevtanonev Posts: 723Registered User Member
    AMC12 just needs an absolute score: 100/150 to move on.

    I doubt that qualifying for AIME is enough to impress top colleges (i.e., Caltech, MIT), where just about everyone qualifies

    I was happy with my 7 on AIME...then I met my Caltech Prefrosh Weekend host, who got a 14 once...
  • texas137texas137 Posts: 2,143Registered User Senior Member
    In recent years the 100 score cut-off qualified more than 5%, so they used the 100. But if scores were unusually low one year (as they have been in the past on the old AHSME which AMC12 replaced), they will go below 100 to take at least 5%

    I think AIME scores start to get the attention of adcoms at places like MIT/Caltech at about 6 (most years that has been roughly top 5% of AIME takers, and close to or qualifying for USAMO.)
  • hahahahahaha Posts: 57Registered User Junior Member
    Yowza!....a 14...did you bow before him/her? ;)
    Yea I think 6+ is a score that's set to impress, anything below a 4 might work against you, at least for MIT/Caltech/RPI type schools. Btw texas I just graduated so I'm already going to college---happily entering Claremont McKenna this fall :)
    Hahaha
  • texas137texas137 Posts: 2,143Registered User Senior Member
    congrats hahaha! Good school. I like the whole consortium concept of the Clarmont colleges. Good luck there.
  • hahahahahaha Posts: 57Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks, good luck to you too!
    Hahaha
  • sr6622sr6622 Posts: 3,123Registered User Senior Member
    ARen't the indices for USAMO qualification pretty high?
    Wouldn't you need like a 120+ on the AMC and a 10+ on the AIME?
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