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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 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.

The AMC 8 is also available in French, Spanish, large print, and braille for print administration only.

 

Registration Deadlines and Competition Date

  • Early Bird Registration Deadline: Sept 6 - Oct 16, 2022
  • Regular Registration Deadline: Oct 17 - Dec 18, 2022
  • Late Registration Deadline: Dec 19, 2022 - Jan 11, 2023
  • Competition Date: January 17, 2023 at 8:00 AM ET through January 23, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET

*This option is only available to schools located within the continental United States.

 

Resources For Hosting the AMC 8

Download and read the AMC 8 Teacher’s Manual for more details about how to host an AMC 8 competition (2022-2023 Teacher Manuals coming in October).

 

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 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.

  2. Q. Who is eligible to participate in the competition?

    A. 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.

  3. Q. Who can proctor the competition?

    A. Only competition manager proctoring is allowed. Parents or guardians cannot proctor students. Starting 2022-2023, students will be proctored in person by their competition manager. If there is any suspicion of cheating or unapproved resources, Competition Managers will be contacted. View Disqualification and Cheating policies here. For further questions on AMC 8 proctoring policy, contact the MAA AMC at [email protected]

  4. Q. Can the AMC 8 competition be proctored to different math classes during various time slots on the official administration dates, or do all the students have to take the competition at the same time?

    A. The competitions must be administered during their valid competition window by competition managers. The valid competition window for this cycle is 8:00 AM to 11:59 PM Eastern Standard time (GMT +5) on the official USA competition dates. See competition dates. Competition managers may choose to administer the competition at separate times to different sections of students; however, for competition integrity and security, the MAA AMC strongly encourages competition managers to administer the competition to all participating students at the same time.

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

    A.Use the AMC 8 Rescore Request Form. There is a $35.00 charge for each student answer form that is re-scored. 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.

  6. 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.Yes, you can use the Additional Bundles Order Form to order more. Orders for additional bundles will be accepted until the deadline for participating domestic institutions located within the United States and Canada.