American Mathematics Competitions

AMC 10/12 Competition Date: Wednesday Nov. 16

The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 10 and AMC 12 are both 25-question, 75-minute, multiple-choice examinations in high school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

The AMC 10 is for students in 10th grade and below and covers the high school curriculum up to 10th grade. Students in grade 10 or below and under 17.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 10. The AMC 12 covers the entire high school curriculum, including trigonometry, advanced algebra, and advanced geometry, but excluding calculus. Students in grade 12 or below and under 19.5 years of age on the day of the contest can take the AMC 12.

The AMC 10/12 provides an opportunity for high school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics that can assist in future careers. The AMC 10/12 is the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead all the way to the International Mathematical Olympiad (see Invitational Competitions).

Important Information for the AMC 10/12

 Finding OSSM

The entrance to the OSSM campus is on the corner of NE 10th Street and N Stiles Ave. You will enter through the library. Please plan on arriving at 2:30-2:45 pm in the Shedrick Library at OSSM. Please do not arrive before 2:30 as no one will be ready to receive you. At 2:30 p.m., OSSM students in the library building will direct you to the contest room, or parent presentation room.

Parents
Parents may leave and come back according to our expected conclusion time (about 4:15-4:30 pm).
Alternatively, parents may stay and hear a presentation about OSSM for parents of participants interested in considering OSSM for their last two years of high school.

The Contest
The contest will be administered in the Reading Room in the Manning Academic Center (MAC). When you arrive, participants will begin filling in the usual “bubbles” for your name, address, etc. As soon as that is complete, we will begin the contest. The contest is 75 minutes long. We anticipate being done by 4:15-4:30 pm.

The contest is 25 questions. Calculators are not allowed. You may only have a pencil, ruler, compass, and eraser (your responsibility to provide your own tools). Scratch paper will be provided.

You can find old tests at this website if you want to know what to expect.

AMC 8 Competition Date: January 19, 2023

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.