Normandale Community College finished ninth in the nation in the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) Student Mathematics League competition for 2013-14.
Normandale was the only college from its region to place in the top 10 nationally. It also marked only the second time since the 2001-02 academic year that a college from Minnesota has placed in the top-10 nationally.
Normandale finished with the highest score in the Central Region, and had the top three scores in the region. Jun Liu, a student from Normandale, was the top scorer in the region. Dat Pham and Anh Tran, who were also from Normandale, finished second and third in the region. Normandale has finished first in the Central Region for five years in a row and in six of the last seven years. It also had a student win the national competition in 2003-04.
In the AMATYC competition, two-year colleges enter teams of five or more students. The students are given examinations that are administered locally in October/November and February/March. Tests last one hour, and are administered during a one-day testing window.
The level of the tests is pre-calculus mathematics. Questions are taken from a standard syllabus in College Algebra and Trigonometry, and may involve pre-calculus algebra, trigonometry, synthetic and analytic geometry, and probability; questions that are completely self-contained may be included as well.
For scoring purposes, the top five contestants from each college are used for the overall score. There are two rounds, and the team's composition can change from one exam to the next.