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About AMC 8

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The contest is held in November every year.





Purpose of the AMC 8

The examination provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the junior high level to problems which not only range from easy to difficult but also cover a wide range of applications. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to offer problem solving experiences beyond those provided in most junior high school mathematics classes. High scoring students are invited to participate in the AMC 10.

A special purpose of the AMC 8 is to demonstrate the broad range of topics available for the junior high school mathematics curriculum. This is done by competencies. The AMC 8 has the potential to increase the perceptions of the importance of problem solving activities in the mathematics curriculum by stimulating these activities both preceding and following the examination —specifically by studying the solutions manual.

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.

Intramural Awards

  • A Certificate of Distinction is given to all students who receive a perfect score.
  • An AMC 8 Winner Pin is given to the student(s) in each school with the highest score.
  • The top three students for each school section will receive respectively a gold, silver, or bronze Certificate for Outstanding Achievement.
  • An AMC 8 Honor Roll Certificate is given to all high scoring students.
  • An AMC 8 Merit Certificate is given to high scoring students who are in 6th grade or below.

Which Contest Should You Take?

We encourage all students in grades 6, 7, and 8 to participate in the AMC 8. All USA, USA embassy, Canadian, and foreign school students in grade 8 or below are eligible to participate as long as they are under 14.5 years of age on the day of the contest.



AMC Corner

English Language Learners may use a book or dual-language nontechnical dictionary between their native language and English. A student may use the dictionary only the first time that he/she takes the AMC 8. The dictionary must be given to the school contest manager to examine and retain for the 24-hour period preceding the test. The proctor must announce to other students that the student(s) has/have been given special permission to use the dictionary during the contest.

Note that we offer the AMC 8 Contest in Spanish, see the Registration Form for details.

The 2007 AMC 8 was the last exam to allow the use of a calculator. All subsequent exams at all levels do not allow calculator usage. No problems on the contest require the use of a calculator.



The AMC office will begin mailing official scores and reports in early to mid-December. The precise start of mailing depends on the volume of scoring and processing and how fast schools return the forms for scoring. Most schools in the US should have results before the end-of-year holidays.



Students with learning disabilities are allowed 70 minutes time to take the AMC 8. The time limit set by the Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions for visually impaired students is also 70 minutes. Please note that a teacher or a school administrator may read the questions to the student and mark the answers as directed by the student. Braille and Large Print exams are available at an additional cost. Orders must be received no later than three weeks prior to the contest date. Please email us at before October 15.


The proctoring of the AMC 8 contest should be by:

  1. In the first preference, a math teacher at the registered school
  2. In the second preference, a teacher or administrator at the registered school
  3. In the third preference, a college or university teacher of mathematics or a responsible adult not associated with or related to any of the participants who is a math club or team coach for the group of participants.
  4. In the fourth preference, a responsible adult not associated with or related to any of the participants such as librarian, clergy, etc.
  5. The proctoring of the contest must take place in a public building, (e.g. school, library, college or university, church).
  6. The proctor should not be related to any of the participants.