Fullerton College AMATYC Student Math League

The Student Math League is a national contest sponsored by the American Mathematics Association for Two Year Colleges (AMATYC). The exam consists of two, challenging, multiple-choice exams, the first given in the fall semester and the second in the spring of each academic year. There are individual honors as well as team rankings.

Fullerton College has been participating for many years and we pride ourselves on being one of the top teams in the nation each year. Our success comes from having a large group of our talented math students participate in each round.

Anyone who is a Fullerton College student and has not yet earned a two-year or four-year degree is eligible to participate. You don't need to sign up and it doesn't cost anything. This really is a great opportunity to see how you measure up against other math students in the nation with no real down side.

Round Two

Round Two for 2016-2017 will take place on Friday, March 3, 2017 in room 620 (Note the room change). There will be two starting times: 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. If you arrive anytime after 11:00 AM, you will not be allowed to participate.

The contest is open to all Fullerton College students. Even if you did not participate in Round 1, you are welcome to participate. You do not need to sign up or register.

Round One

Round One of the Fullerton College AMATYC Student Math League competition was held on November 4, 2016. The Math department would like to thank the 50 students who participated. Congratulations to our Round 1 team: Anonymous 4, Sean Choi, Sydney Ruan, Ivan Chi and Thao Ho.

Our team score (the sum of the top 5 scores) was 100.5 which historically has been a very competitive score. Check back on this site in a few weeks to see where we rank nationally. We hope to improve on this in round 2 and achieve a higher overall ranking.

This is only part one of the contest. We hope to see you all again in the spring for part two. We will have study sessions in the weeks before the contest to help prepare. The details on the study sessions and exam time will be posted on this website early next semester.

Fullerton College Math Events

Fullerton College's SML Team History

Here at Fullerton College, we are proud of being one of the top colleges in the nation competing in the Student Math League. In recent years we have had 2 top-10 finishes, out of almost 200 schools participating. In 2010-2011 we ranked 7th in the nation and in 2011-2012 we ranked 6th.

Individually, in 2005-2006 Fullerton College's Charley Conely was the national champion and in 2010-2011, Colleen Nelson was the top female in the nation. For a list of all of Fullerton College's top scorers, see our Past Champions page.

For a complete list of national SML results dating back to 2001, click here.


Winners will be determined by a combined score from rounds one and two. Each question is worth 2 points and there is a 1/2 point penalty for wrong answers.


Aside from the chance to win scholarship money or other awards described below, taking this challenging, standardized test can be a valuable experience in preparation for exams that may be required later in your education. Taking this test now might help you later if you decide to take the GRE, the MSAT, the LSAT or other qualifying exams.

Test Format

The level of the tests is precalculus mathematics. Questions are from a standard syllabus in College Algebra and Trigonometry and may involve precalculus algebra, trigonometry, synthetic and analytic geometry, and probability; questions that are completely self-contained may be included as well. All questions are short-answer or multiple-choice (multiple-choice questions will have at least 4 response choices). No partial credit is allowed in scoring.


Students are permitted to use any scientific or graphics calculator that does not have a QWERTY (i.e. typewriter) keyboard.


No books, tables, notes, or other reference material will be permitted during the exam. Scratch paper will be supplied at the time of the exam.


The top three combined scores at Fullerton College will receive scholarship money along with a certificate. The exact amount varies from year to year. In previous years it has been as much as $325. In addition, the grand prize for the qualified individual with the highest total score in the nation on the two exams is $3,000. The top ten national ranking individuals will receive appropriate prizes of a mathematical nature. To be eligible for a national award, a participant must compete on both exams.

Eligibility for the Grand Prize

In addition to meeting general eligibility requirements, a student must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) of community college (two-year college) coursework by the end of the academic term in which the second exam is given. Students enrolled in a four-year institution or in high school at the time of the competition are NOT eligible for the grand prize, nor are previous recipients of the grand prize. Official transcripts and a letter signed by the student and local moderator certifying eligibility will be required in order to award the prize. The scholarship must be used within two years of its award at the conference; if it is not, two scholarships will be awarded in the next year's competition.

What to Expect

You will have one hour to complete 20 questions. In general, students are not expected to be able to answer all of the questions. For multiple-choice questions, there is a penalty for incorrect responses. Correct responses are worth 2 points and 1/2 point is subtracted for each incorrect response.Unless you can eliminate one or more choices, you should not attempt to guess the answer.


The best way to prepare for the exam is to study previous exams. You can obtain copies of previous exams along with the solutions, here, or pick them up from Paul Sjoberg in his office, 627-04.