The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8 is a nationwide competition for students in grade 8 or below. The AMC is a 25 multiple-choice question, 40 minute test designed to develop and enhance problem solving skills. The contest is held in November every year; this year, the test is held on Tuesday, November 17.

The purpose of this competition is to allow students an opportunity to use concepts taught at school to solve problems that cover a wide range of applications. These problems are difficult and offer problem solving experiences that aren’t typically given in a junior high class.Robin Hu, a three time AMC 8 participant, stated that, “AMC 8 helped me develop my problem solving skills at an early age. It’s a fun challenge that encouraged me to work harder as a thinker.”

The AMC 8 also promotes enthusiasm towards mathematics and stimulates interest in mathematics beyond school.

Hansub Kim, a four time AMC 8 participant, said, “Because classroom mathematics was direct and rote, AMC 8 competitions helped me expand my creativity and thinking in ways that school could not help me. The enjoyment I had with AMC 8 opened up into a long term interest in mathematics and made me consider the possibility of mathematics as a career.”

Students who perform well on the AMC 8 receive an award. A Certificate of Distinction is given to students who achieve a perfect score. A Distinguished Honor Roll Certificate is given to students who score in the top 1%. An Honor Roll Certificate is given to students who score in the top 5%.

If you or someone you know wants to take the AMC 8 but your school isn’t currently hosting the AMC 8, you can either talk to your math teacher about registering for the competition at https://amc-reg.maa.org or find a local host school at http://www.maa.org/math-competitions/amc-8/locations.