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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: October 31, 2021
  • Regular Registration Deadline: December 5, 2021
  • Late Registration Deadline: December 10, 2021*
  • Competition Date: January 18, 2022 at 8:00 AM ET through January 24, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

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

 

Resources For Hosting the AMC 8

First, download and read the 2021-2022 AMC 8 Teacher’s Manual for more details about how to host an AMC 8 competition.

 

  2021-2022 AMC 8 Teacher's Manual (Online)  

 

  2021-2022 AMC 8 Teacher's Manual (Print)  

 

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. 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.

  4. 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 late-February following the AMC 8 in January. 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 take about 3 to 4 weeks.

  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 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.

  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 December 10, 2021, 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 December 3, 2021.