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AMC 8

Information Overview

What is the AMC 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 learned skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and friendly environment.

Registration Deadlines and Competition Date

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016
  • Expedited Registration Deadline: November 1, 2016
  • Competition Date: November 15, 2016

Resources for Hosting the AMC 8

This section includes all of the resources you need to host a successful AMC 8 in your school. 

2016 AMC 8 TEACHER's MANUAL

First, download and read the 2016 AMC 8 Teacher’s Manual for more details about how to host an AMC 8 competition.

Administration Resources

Competition managers can find all additional forms needed below or on amc-reg.maa.org.

Preparing Your Students for the AMC 8

These resources will help you to prepare your students for the types of questions that can be found on the AMC 8 exam.

After review of the Teacher’s Manual and the above resources if you still have questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions below.

FAQs for the AMC 8

  1. 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.

  2. Q. Who can proctor the contest?

    A. 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 exam 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.

  3. 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. 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.

  4. Q. How do I make a request for a rescore of my answer forms?

    A.Use the “AMC 8 Rescoring 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.

  5. Q. 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?

    A.Use the “Additional Bundles Form” or go to amc-reg.maa.org. Orders of additional bundles will be accepted until November 1, 2016.

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