First run in 1978, the Australian Mathematics Competition is Australia’s longest running, largest and most well-known maths competition for school students.

The AMC contains unique problems designed each year by leading educators and academics to challenge and extend your students’ problem-solving skills.

  • Middle Primary – Australian Years 3 and 4
  • Upper Primary – Australian Years 5 and 6
  • Junior – Australian Years 7 and 8
  • Intermediate – Australian Years 9 and 10
  • Senior – Australian Years 11 and 12
  • Basic arithmetic
  • Fractions and ratios
  • Algebra and pre-algebra
  • Geometry
  • Measurement
  • Statistics and probability
  • Problem-solving (including enumeration)

All students receive an award according to the criteria below.

Awarded to a student who has participated in the competition and received no higher award.

Awarded to a student who has received a pre-set score and received no higher award.

Students who achieve proficiency have demonstrated competency at mathematical problem solving to Australian standards.

Awarded to a student who is in the top 55% of their year and region (60% for Senior division) and has received no higher award.

Awarded to a student who is in the top 20% of their year and region (25% for Senior division) and has received no higher award.

High Distinction
Awarded to a student who is in the top 3% of their year and region (top 5% for Senior division) and has received no higher award.

Generally awarded to no more than 1 student for every 300 students within a region and year group. Prize winners are given a lapel pin and a voucher for our online shop. The value of the voucher may vary year by year.

Best in School
Awarded to the student with the best overall result in a school, after adjustment for year level. It is only awarded if the achievement is at least a Distinction, and there are at least 50 entries (secondary divisions) or 30 entries (primary divisions) in the school. There may be more than one winner if adjusted scores are equal.

Cheryl Praeger Medal (Secondary divisions only)
Awarded to the female student with the highest score in Australia, in each year level, where preset criteria are met.

AMC Medals (Secondary divisions only)
Awarded to a student with outstanding results within their year group for their state, territory or country. Generally, no more 1 in 5000 students receive a medal.. Medals are awarded at the discretion of the Australian Maths Trust.

Peter O’Halloran Award (formerly BH Neumann Certificate of Excellence)
Awarded to any student who achieves a perfect score, irrespective of other awards given. This award is named in honour of the founding Executive Director of the Australian Maths Trust, Mr Peter O’Halloran.

Cut-off scores for awards are determined by comparing a student’s results with other students in the same year level and region (Australian state/territory, or country). Cut-off scores are approximate and will vary year by year depending on the difficulty of the competition. For small regions, year levels may be combined for determining cut-off scores

6D's Steps

The 6Ds of Solution Fluency are an essential system for building problem-solving prowess and strong critical thinking capacity. These 6Ds are Define, Discover, Dream, Design, Deliver, and Debrief. Each step is described below.

Our Approach

The children of today will be the leaders and architects of tomorrow. That’s why they will need a process they can internalize to face challenges and problems that haven’t even been realized yet. At InspoTuition We will go through each of the following 6-D steps to ensure students are learning the basics of critical thinking and problem-solving.