The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) are a series of nationally syndicated math contests, sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The AMC 8 and 10 are for middle and high school students, and are the first tier of competitions leading to the USA Mathematical Olympiad. Today, the competition has grown to over 350,000 students participating annually, in over 6,000 schools.
Since 2010, the AMC 8 has hosted in the fall (November), and the AMC 10 has hosted in the spring (February).
No aids are permitted during the exam other than scratch paper, graph paper, rulers, protractors, and erasers. NO CALCULATORS ARE ALLOWED.
The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers.
Q:What’s covered on the AMC 8?
A:The material included on the AMC 8 is middle school mathematics curriculum. None of the problems require the use of algebra or a calculator. Possible topics include but are not limited to: Probability, Estimation, Percents, Elementary Geometry including the Pythagorean Theorem, Spatial Visualization, Everyday Applications, and Reading/Interpreting Graphs.
Q:When do we get official scores and reports for the AMC 8?
A:The MAA AMC office will begin emailing official scores and reports in early to mid-December following the AMC 8 in late November. Processing and reporting from start to finish takes about 3 to 4 weeks.
The AMC 10 is a 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.
The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below, and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. Students in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 10.
Q. What material is covered on the AMC 10?
A. The AMC 10 covers mathematics normally associated with grades 9 and 10. The AMC 10 assumes knowledge of elementary algebra; basic geometry knowledge including the Pythagorean Theorem, area and volume formulas; elementary number theory; and elementary probability. What are excluded are trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry.
Q. When are official scores and reports released for the AMC 10?
A. It takes approximately three weeks from the competition date to score and report the AMC 10. The AMC office will send the results link by email as soon as the answer forms are scored. If you have not received your results in a digital report via email from the AMC program within 30 days after competition dates, please contact AMC to verify that your answer forms were in fact received.
Q. What is the difference in the A and B versions of the examinations?
A. Both the A and the B versions of the AMC have the same number of questions, the same scoring and the same rules for administration. The only differences are the competition dates and that each version has a distinct set of questions, although the two examinations are designed to be equal in difficulty and distribution of topics.
Q. Can a student take both competitions?
A. Yes, as long as a student is eligible to take the appropriate competitions. That is, a 10th grader or below can take the both AMC 10 A and the AMC 10 B. However, in order to do this the school will have to register for both dates and order competition bundles for each exam.
Q. What if my school does not offer the AMC tests?
A. Urge your principal, math teacher, gifted education coordinator or anyone else you can think of at your school to help your school register for the contest. If your school doesn’t offer the AMC tests, then one option would be to offer the tests to your school. You could offer to pay for the registration and material cost for the school, making it hard for them to refuse. Organize a math club, or get the existing Math Club to sponsor and fund the registration for the contest. Please make arrangements for your school to register as AMC must send the contest materials to the school directly. Some colleges and universities also host the contests, particularly the “B” date of the AMC. Check AMC web pages for a list of participating Institutions of Higher Learning.