American Mathematics Competitions (AMC)
The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) is the oldest and most prestigious nationwide mathematics competition in the United States. It started in 1950 and it is and has been the exclusive pathway for a student to advance to the USA Mathematical Olympiad.
Activities like the American Mathematics competitions organized by the Mathematical Association of America allow and encourage students to excel in an academic sphere. The contest is a rewarding experience where mathematical curiosity and skill are stimulated. AMC is designed to inspire an interest in mathematics that will lead to academic success, scholarship and a rewarding career.
The AMC works with teachers, mathematicians, and professional organizations to provide high quality, challenging math problems aligned with curriculum standards. Many well-known colleges and universities request scores from AMC contests at the higher grade levels and use them for recruiting and admissions.
The next AMC-8 competition will take place at MathAltitude School of Mathematics on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 6:30-7:30 P.M.
A child does not need to be a MathAltitude student to participate. We invite our students and all their friends to challenge their mathematical curiosity with this contest.
Register for AMC-8 competition and workshops on our website. The workshops will be held on Fridays, October 25, November 1, and November 8 from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. Fee: contest $5.00 (free for MathAltitude students), workshops $25 per session ($5 for MathAltitude students).
What is AMC-8?
The AMC 8 contest is for students in the sixth through eighth grade, although accelerated fourth and fifth graders can also take part. AMC 8 eligibility extends to any student 14.5 years of age or younger, and not enrolled in grades 9 through 12.
The material covered is the middle school mathematics curriculum. Topics include probability, estimation, percentages, spatial visualization, everyday applications, reading and interpreting graphs. There are 25 multiple-choice questions with no penalty for guessing. The contest takes 40 minutes. A student’s score is the number of problems correctly solved.
Why participate in AMC-8 (quoted from AMC-8 website)?
A special purpose of the AMC 8 is to demonstrate the broad range of topics available for the junior high school mathematics curriculum.
Additional purposes of the AMC 8 are to promote excitement, enthusiasm and positive attitudes towards mathematics and to stimulate interest in continuing the study of mathematics beyond the minimum required for high school graduation. Developmentally, junior high school students are at a point where attitudes toward school and learning, and perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics are solidified. It is important that they be provided opportunities that foster the development of positive attitudes towards mathematics and positive perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics. The AMC 8 provides one such opportunity.
In 2011, MathAltitude students participated in AMC-8 for the first time. Each took home certificates and symbolic prizes. Sabrina Hallal, grade 7, become the school winner in 2011. In 2012 Abigail Corriveau, grade 6, won first place and Adriana Yuen, grade 6, won first place in 2013. She won once again as a 7-th grader in 2014. Ria Narahari, grade 8, was 2015 school winner; Ronit Avadhuta, grade 7, won in 2016; Shrita Kalikiri, grade 7, became school winner in 2017; and Jessica Sapozhnikov, grade 8, became our school winner in 2018!