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Hello Brilliant Community and Brilliant Staff,

I need heavy preparation for AIME and thus would think a huge archive of past problems in level 3-4-5 would be very helpful. Now I understand that you often repeat problems, but I also understand that you have a huge surplus of problems. Hence, I don't think it's too unreasonable of a request. At least, can I have a random problem generator in a new practice section dedicated specifically to Olympiad AIME prep?

Thank you,

Cody :)

Note by Cody Johnson
3 years, 5 months ago

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I fully support the inclusion of such an archive.

I think the main thing you should do to prepare for AIME is practice old AIMEs, but not necessarily in the time limit. The main thing I credit for my score last year (10) was taking the AIME problem series class on AoPS. Not really because of the teaching, but mainly because it "made" me do the problems on the "homework", because I wanted a good report tab :) . As the date nears, using the time-limit would be a good idea, as I made two silly mistakes last year, which I might have not with better test-taking strategy.

This is why I support an archive, and also one reason I use Brilliant. Brilliant problems are fun, and also a good learning tool. The problems help me practice for AIME, and olympiads to an extent (through the harder problems and solution writing).

Brilliant problems are similar, and good practice, but do note there are some differences. For example, I feel like quite a few brilliant problems are rather easily guessable. Also, Brilliant biases towards some topics, such as maximum/minimum values of expressions and functional equations.

About repeating problems: I think that once the new problem submission system comes out, this will not be a problem, but it currently is a legitimate concern. The other thing is we users could compile an archive. We could copy problems from the past solutions region into another thread. Daniel Chiu · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Daniel Chiu I just realized I'm late to enroll in the AMC class. Oh well. Mike Kong · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Mike Kong AMC12 has no scheduled dates; if you want you can take the 1-day problem seminar [gone].

AIME has one started 5 days ago, and one started 3 days ago. Daniel Chiu · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Daniel Chiu Yes, I realize now. Is it too late to sign up for these AIME classes?

Also I believe your first link is wrong, it sends me back to this thread. Mike Kong · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Mike Kong It is not too late; I think the deadline is the third week. My first link was supposed to be [gone].

EDIT: The link is not working properly. Just use this link http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/School/classlist.php#cd_maa:amc12:special Daniel Chiu · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Daniel Chiu So it's just a recording of a 5 hour seminar about doing well on the AMC + practice test? Mike Kong · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Mike Kong Well, no. It is a condensed class with problems and important things to know, along with test-taking strategies and a practice test.

It isn't a recording, it is just like an actual class. Have you ever taking an AoPS class? It is like that. If you haven't, it is similar to a chat room, with the instructor posting information and questions and guiding along problems, and students answer questions. Daniel Chiu · 3 years, 5 months ago

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What's wrong with https://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Wiki/index.php/AIMEProblemsand_Solutions ? Mike Kong · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Mike Kong I want new problems. I've seen these many times before. Brilliant's old problems are new problems. Cody Johnson · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Cody Johnson Well if you've sincerely exhausted out every single year of AIME's problems, I think you've done more than enough preparation...

Sure, brilliant problems may give you a new perspective, but that's not very useful when the problems you'll encounter on the test will be different. Mike Kong · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Mike Kong So many problems! :D Haven't seen this before! :) Thanks! Happy Melodies · 3 years, 5 months ago

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This is quite a good site for lots of problems from all difficulty ranges. http://mathandmultimedia.com/2011/03/14/mathematics-contest-problems/ Hope it helps! Nico Stirling · 3 years, 5 months ago

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Instead of making a new practice section, which would be very tedious for Brilliant Staff, I think it would be nice to have all the problems that have been proposed and the respective solutions given organized by levels in a pdf. That's several times easier and makes the point Jordi Bosch · 3 years, 5 months ago

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Yes I agree whole heatedly. Brilli ant please. Yash Talekar · 3 years, 5 months ago

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Why can't you just make the effort to search problems and find them yourself? That's what I do. Visit high-rated peoples' profiles. See what problems they solved. Try those. And continue the chain. Ahaan Rungta · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Ahaan Rungta Because that's not too accessible. Cody Johnson · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Cody Johnson Here's what you CAN do. I do this for getting new physics problems. Google archives everything put up on the www, and provides all it's information to you if you know how to access it. So here's what I do for physics. Go to google.com and type site:https://brilliant.org/physics-problem/

This search query provides access to over 20 pages of Google search results which are all previous Brilliant problems, easily accessible for anyone who needs it. And if you know the name of the question you want, just type the name next to the above query. It appears at the top. Try using a similar search query for math.

Hope this helps... Rohan Rohan Rao · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Rohan Rao This method is awesome. Maybe if you log out and access the page you can do so without losing your rating? Yash Talekar · 3 years, 5 months ago

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@Yash Talekar Actually, you have to have an account to solve the problems, so it's either solve, or lose rating. Harrison Lian · 3 years, 5 months ago

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