What is the AMC 8?
The AMC 8 (American Mathematics Competition) is a 25 question, 40 minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics. It is run by the MAA (Mathematical Association of America), with the intent to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.
Many problems are designed to challenge students and to offer problem solving experiences beyond those provided in most junior high school mathematics classes.
Who can participate?
All the UCI Math Circle participants in Grade 8 and below are eligible to take the AMC 8 test with us. Tickets for the competition can be picked up during the UCI Math Circle Meetings.
Students in Grade 8 and below who are not planning to attend the UCI Math Circle in Fall 2016 should consult the MAA website for a list of additional locations.
Is there a fee for taking the AMC8?
There is a $10 registration fee for taking the test with the UCI Math Circle. You can pay the $10 registration fee in cash or with a check during the UCI Math Circle meetings, and pick up your ticket for the competition.
The money will be used to cover the costs related to the administration of the test. We will purchase an exam booklet for any person that registers for the test hence, if you register and later you choose not to take the exam with us, the registration fee will not be returned.
How can I register for the AMC8?
Please click here to register by October 15, 2016 for the next AMC8 competition. The capacity is limited, so please register as soon as possible.
When will the test be held?
The AMC 8 test will be held on November 15 from 6.15 to 7.30 pm (the test itself will last a duration of 40 minutes) in NS2 1201. We will start the registration procedures promptly at 6.15. The actual test will take place from 6.40 to 7.20 (for a duration of 40 minutes).
Click here to view the campus map. We request that students must come early, at approximately 6.15 pm to complete registration prior to the test's commencement.
Where can I find questions from previous competitions?
The AMC8, called the AJHSME until 2000, began in 1985.
The Art of Problem Solving website maintains a record of all the previous competitions, from 1985 to present.
How is the test graded?
There are 25 questions on the test. A correct answer scores 1 point. There is no penalty for incorrect or blank answers. All the AMC 8 exams taken in the United States are sent to Lincon, Nebraska for grading.
High scoring students are invited to participate in the AMC 10.
- 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.
What should I bring?
Please bring writing utensils (B-2 pencils), scratch paper, graph paper, rulers, compass, protractors, and erasers. Calculators are not allowed.
Where can I find additional information?
For more information about the AMC 8, visit American Mathematics Contest 8 website.