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FAQs - AMC 8

Q. AMC 8 #1. What score do you have to get on the AMC 8 to be invited to take the AMC 10?
A. There is no invitation from the AMC 8 to the AMC 10 or AMC 12, Rather, with the AMC 8 Reports we send an AMC 10/12 information brochure, and an AMC 10/12 registration form to the Contest Manager of ALL schools which participate in the AMC 8. No school or student needs a special invitation, nor is any minimum score required. The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are open competitions. Specifically, in the AMC 8 report which is sent to ALL participating schools is the following message:

"An AMC 10/AMC 12 Invitation Brochure has been included in this mailing. ... Any of your students may participate in the AMC 10/12. High scoring AMC 8 students should find the AMC 10 interesting and instructive."

Q. AMC 8 #2. What’s covered on the AMC 8?
A. The material covered is the middle school mathematics curriculum. No problem requires the use of algebra or a calculator. This includes, but is not limited to, such topics as:

  • Probability
  • Estimation
  • Percents
  • Elementary geometry including the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Spatial Visualization
  • Everyday Applications
  • Reading/Interpreting Graphs

Q. AMC 8 #3. What calculators are allowed?
A. 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.

Q. AMC 8 #4. What accommodations for students with disabilities are there?
A. For the AMC 8 students with learning disabilities we allow a 70-minute time allowance 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. Note that since we only order exactly the number of Braille and Large Print tests that we need, orders for them must be received no later than three weeks prior to the contest date. Please email us atamcinfo@maa.org before October 15.

Q. AMC 8 #5. What accommodations are there for English Language Learners?
A. 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.

Q. AMC 8 #6. Who can proctor the contest?
A. 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.

Q. AMC 8 #7. Why take the AMC 8? It’s a one shot test, so what’s the reward?
A. The AMC 8 can discover mathematical talent at a time when it really matters and encourage those students to continue on to the higher level tests. Furthermore, the AMC 8 has recognition and awards for schools and individual students as listed in the Teachers’ Manual, for example - School Certificate of Honor — awarded to schools with a team score (AMC 8, top 3 students scores) of 66 or greater.

  • School Certificate of Merit — awarded to schools with a team score (AMC 8, top 3 students scores) between 50 and 65, inclusive.
  • Certificate of Distinction — is given to all students who receive a perfect score.
  • AMC 8 Winner Pin — given to the student(s) in each school with the highest score.
  • Certificate for Outstanding Achievement — the top three students in each of your assigned sections will receive, respectively, a gold, silver, or bronze certificate. In case of a tie, additional certificates will be included with your results.
  • AMC 8 Distinguished Honor Roll Certificate — given to all students who score in (approximately) the top 1%.
  • AMC 8 Honor Roll Certificate is given to all students who score in (approximately) the top 5%.
  • AMC 8 Achievement Roll Certificate — given to all students in 6th grade and below who score in (approximately) the top 40%. 15 points or more.
  • A Certificate of Participation is included in this Teachers manual, and will be included in your school results. This may be reproduced and given to the other students so that every student taking the AMC 8 will receive recognition. An Order Form will be included with your results in case you wish to purchase a set of these Certificates.
  • Achievement Award Pins, Certificates of Merit, t-shirts, and neckties are available for purchase if your school wishes to recognize other outstanding students. Ordering information for these awards will be sent along with your school’s results.

Q. AMC 8 #8. When do we get official scores and reports for the AMC 8?
A. The AMC office will begin mailing official scores and reports in early to mid-December following the AMC 8 in late November. 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.

The email reports go out roughly in the order that we process the reports sent back from the schools. Processing and reporting from start to finish takes about 3 to 4 weeks. Scoring reports on 150,000 students from over 2200 schools in 50 US states, all US territories and over 30 countries outside the US takes time. Please be patient.

Note that the AMC 8 is centrally scored at the AMC office. Each school report includes the following data: 1. A list of the top 20 students in your school. 2. A report for each section with a minimum of 10 students. This report lists the score of each student. 3. One combined report for all sections with fewer than 10 students. 4. Tables of Item Difficulty for the participants in your school. 5. The summary of results and awards will include the names of the top-scoring students and a listing of the national award winners and will be posted on our web site each year.

Q. AMC 8 #9. What if I don't receive my official scores and reports for the AMC 8?
A. If you do not receive your current year AMC 8 school report of results by mid-January following the AMC 8 administration in late November please call the AMC office at 800-527-3690 or email amcinfo@maa.org

Q. AMC 8 #10. Can the contest manager provide unofficial scores?
A. Some students might wish to keep a personal record of their answers by circling their answers on the contest booklet before they are marked on the form. This procedure is acceptable provided it does not consume too much time. However, the official answers will be the ones blackened on the answer form.

After the contest manager has delivered all of the Answer Forms to the school office to be mailed, the manager may discuss the contest and solutions with your students. Remember that there will be schools taking the contest in other locations at different times, and some will be taking the contest on other “window” dates, which are currently extend for the next 7 days following the official contest date. a. Inform the students that the contest and solutions may not be discussed with anyone outside of their contest administration either orally, via email, internet, copier or media of any type until after the contest administration period. b. The contest booklets must be collected from the students. They may be returned after the contest administration period.

Q. AMC 8 #11. How do I make a request for a rescore of my answer forms?
A. Use the form included in the Teachers' Manual. There is a $10.00 charge for each student answer form 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.

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