Mathematics Association of America AMC 8 Exam

AMC 8 at Fitchburg State University

Fitchburg State University will be offering the AMC 8 on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 4pm in McKay C159. Registration is now open and will close on Friday, October 13, 2017. Registration requests made after October 13th will not be accepted.

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Participants should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the exam. McKay has its own large parking area which should make dropping and picking up your students very easy. Please be sure to enter through the C-wing doors.

Exam Details

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The contest is held in November every year.

For directions to Fitchburg State and a map of the campus, click here.

On the test, you may use scratch paper, graph paper, ruler, protractors and erasers. Please bring those items with you. No calculators are allowed. No problems on the contest require the use of a calculator. Also be sure to bring a supply of #2 pencils.

When you are finished with the exam, submit your answer sheet and exam booklet to the proctor and then you may leave to go home. Once a student leaves the room, he or she may not continue working on the exam. Be sure that you are ready to stay in the room for the full 40 minutes before the exam begins.

Write your name and school on your test booklet and we will mail it to you along with the solutions to the exam at a later date. We cannot let you take your test booklet with you because some schools may be giving the test officially at a later date.

For more information about the AMC 8 exam, please go to the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) website.

Purpose of the AMC 8

The examination provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the junior high level to problems which not only range from easy to difficult but also cover a wide range of applications. Many problems are designed to challenge students and to offer problem solving experiences beyond those provided in most junior high school mathematics classes. High scoring students are invited to participate in the AMC 10.

A special purpose of the AMC 8 is to demonstrate the broad range of topics available for the junior high school mathematics curriculum. This is done by competencies. The AMC 8 has the potential to increase the perceptions of the importance of problem solving activities in the mathematics curriculum by stimulating these activities both preceding and following the examination —specifically by studying the solutions manual.

Additional purposes of the AMC 8 are to promote excitement, enthusiasm and positive attitudes towards mathematics and to stimulate interest in continuing the study of mathematics beyond the minimum required for high school graduation. Developmentally, junior high school students are at a point where attitudes toward school and learning, and perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics are solidified. It is important that they be provided opportunities that foster the development of positive attitudes towards mathematics and positive perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics. The AMC 8 provides one such opportunity.

Intramural Awards

  • 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.

Which Contest Should You Take?

We encourage all students in grades 6, 7, and 8 to participate in the AMC 8. All USA, USA embassy, Canadian, and foreign school students in grade 8 or below are eligible to participate as long as they are under 14.5 years of age on the day of the contest.