STEM101: AMC (American Mathematics Contest) 8

Course Description



####### This course will be taught by Rolex Rao, a 20+ year veteran instructor from California. He has over ten years of overall teaching experience, and over six years of SAT I Math and SAT Math IIC instruction and individual/group tutoring. He has helped students of various backgrounds achieve perfect scores on both the SAT and the AP exams. He holds a M.S. in Physics from University of Utah and a B.S. in Physics from Beijing University. He has over seven years of research experience at UC Berkeley, in addition to several years of work experience in the pharmaceutical and optical communication industries. He has extensive experience tutoring Honors and AP Chemistry, AP Physics B/C, AP Calculus AB/BC, and other various SAT II subjects.####### What is the AMC 8? AMC(American Mathematics Contest) 8 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. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment. The material covered on the AMC 8 includes topics from a typical middle school mathematics curriculum. Possible topics include but are not limited to: counting and probability, estimation, proportional reasoning, elementary geometry including the Pythagorean Theorem, spatial visualization, everyday applications, and reading and interpreting graphs and tables. In addition some of the later questions may involve linear or quadratic functions and equations, coordinate geometry, and other topics traditionally covered in a beginning algebra course.

More Info

  • Who is eligible to participate in the competition?
    • Students with a passion for problem-solving who are in grade 8 or below and under 14.5 years of age on the day of the competition are eligible to participate in the AMC 8.
  • Who can proctor the competition?
    • The proctoring of any AMC 8 should be by a teacher (preferably a mathematics teacher) or administrator at the school; a college or university teacher of mathematics, or a responsible adult such as a math club coach or librarian. The proctoring of the competition must take place in a public building, (e.g. school, library, college or university, church). The proctor should not be related to any of the participants.
  • What's covered on the AMC 8?
    • The material covered on the AMC 8 includes topics from a typical middle school mathematics curriculum. Possible topics include but are not limited to: counting and probability, estimation, proportional reasoning, elementary geometry including the Pythagorean Theorem, spatial visualization, everyday applications, and reading and interpreting graphs and tables. In addition some of the later questions may involve linear or quadratic functions and equations, coordinate geometry, and other topics traditionally covered in a beginning algebra course.
  • When do we get official scores and reports for the AMC 8?
    • The MAA AMC office will begin emailing official scores and reports in early to mid-December following the AMC 8 in November. The email reports go out roughly in the order that we process the answer forms submitted from schools. Processing and reporting from start to finish takes about 3 to 4 weeks.
  • How do I make a request for a rescore of my answer forms?
    • Use the AMC 8 Rescore Request Form. There is a $35.00 charge for each student answer form that is rescored. The official answers will be the ones blackened on the answer form. All student answer forms returned for grading will be recycled 80 days after the AMC 8 competition date.
  • I've already registered for the AMC 8 but I would like to order more bundles than I put in my original order, can I?
    • Yes, you can use the Additional Bundles Order Form to order more. Orders for additional bundles will be accepted until November 1, 2019, for participating institutions located within the continental United States. The deadline for orders for additional bundles for institutions located in Canada, Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands is October 29, 2019.
  • Advanced STEM (Grade 8+)
  • Level 3
  • Hardware/Software/Books Required?


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