A* Math program offers competition training programs via weekly Fall/Spring courses and Summer/Winter camps. The program trains students towards prestigious math competitions such as MathCounts, American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) 8/10/12, American Invitational Math Exam (AIME), and USA Math Olympiads (USA(J)MO).

A* Math curriculum is aligned with the curriculum of these competitions.

Instructors

Courses are taught by A* Faculty who have participation/coaching experience in National and International Math competitions and olympiads such as USA Math Olympiads (USAMO) and the International Math Olympiads (IMO).

Levels

  1. PreMathCounts
  2. AMC8 / MathCounts
  3. AMC10/12
  4. AIME
  5. USA(J)MO

For Fall/Spring semesters, each level is further split into basic and advanced levels. Basic levels are for students who are new to that level whereas advanced levels are for students with prior experience in that level.

Four Seasons

To see the difference and similarities among Fall / Spring courses, and Summer / Winter camps please check the following table

 FallSpringSummerWinter
Curriculum1st half of the curriculum2nd half of the curriculumWhole curriculumSelected topics
Problem Set UsedFall problem setSpring problem setSummer problem setWinter problem set
Number of Sessions / Days12 sessions12 sessions15 days6 days
Length of Classes2 hours per session2 hours per session6 hours per day6 hours per day
HomeworkWeeklyWeeklyNoneNone
Number of Practice Exams3322
Most Focus onProblem solving techniquesProblem solving techniquesFundamentals and TheoryTest taking strategies

A* Math Courses Comparison Table

Please click on the course links below to see further details, and available sections.

CourseGradesShort DescriptionTarget ContestsWho Should TakeWho Should SkipDiagnostic Exam
Pre-MathCounts Basic3-5For students in grades 3-5 who are new to math competitions.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 15 or more problems on Math League 6th grade diagnostic exam.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 25 or more problems on Math League 6th grade diagnostic exam.
Pre-MathCounts Advanced4-6For students in grades 4-6 who have prior experience in elementary school math competitions.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 23 or more problems on Math League 6th grade diagnostic exam.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 35 or more problems on Math League 6th grade diagnostic exam.
AMC 8 / MathCounts Basic6-8For middle school students who are new to MathCounts / AMC 8 competitions.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 10 or more problems on AMC 8.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 10 or more problems on MathCounts Sprint round diagnostic exam.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 18 or more problems on AMC 8.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 18 or more problems on MathCounts Sprint round diagnostic exam.
  • AMC 8 Honor Roll Award Recipients.
AMC 8 / MathCounts Advanced6-8For middle school students who have prior experience in MathCounts / AMC 8 competitions.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 10 or more problems on AMC 8.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 10 or more problems on MathCounts Sprint round diagnostic exam.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 18 or more problems on AMC 8.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 18 or more problems on MathCounts Sprint round diagnostic exam.
  • AMC 8 Honor Roll Award Recipients.
AMC 10/12 Basic6-10For students who are new to AMC 10/12 competitions.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 10 or more problems on a recent AMC 10
  • AIME Qualifiers
  • Students who can solve almost all problems on AMC 10 or AMC 12
AMC 10/12 Advanced6-12For students who have prior experience in AMC 10/12 competitions.
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 17 or more problems on a recent AMC 10
  • Students who can solve, without guessing, around 15 or more problems on a recent AMC 12
  • AIME Qualifiers
  • Students who can solve almost all problems on AMC 10 or AMC 12.
AIME Basic6-12For students who are comfortable with AMC 10/12 problems but are new to AIME competition.
  • Students who can solve around 3 or more problems on a recent AIME.
  • USAMO qualifiers
  • USAJMO qualifiers
AIME Advanced6-12For students who have prior experience in AIME competition.
  • Students who can solve around 6 or more problems on a recent AIME
  • Students who can solve almost all problems on AIME.
USA(J)MO Basic6-12An introductory proof writing course appropriate for students who are confident about USAJMO/USAMO qualification and are willing to work one hour on a single math Olympiad problem.
  • USAJMO / USAMO Qualifiers
  • Students who are likely to qualify the following year
  • Students who can solve 1 or more problems on a recent USAMO exam
  • Students who can solve 2 or more problems on a recent USAJMO exam
USA(J)MO Advanced6-12A second level course in proof problems appropriate for students who are comfortable with easy proof problems.
  • Students who can solve 2 or more problems on a recent USAMO exam
  • Students who can solve 4 or more problems on a recent USAJMO exam
  • MOSP qualifiers