The American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 8 is one of the most prestigious middle school Math competitions in the USA and the world. It is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice contest. Starting 2022, it will be offered in January.
Students can register for AMC 8 through a test center. You can find the list of test centers here.
AlphaStar Academy is one of the official test centers for AMC 8.
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AlphaStar Academy has several offerings for AMC 8 preparation.
All of the courses have live and self-study formats. Live course students participate in interactive online live sessions. Both formats give access to the video recordings from the live sessions.
This is a free AMC 8 practice test prepared by AlphaStar Academy. It is offered annually, a few months before the official competition. The test is similar in style to the official tests but does not contain any problems from past official competitions. Students will be able to take the test online in a timed exam environment, and then see their scores along with written solutions.
It contains four practice tests with solutions. They are written by AlphaStar Math Development Team, a group of expert students and alumni of AlphaStar Academy.
It contains the same four practice tests as in the book above, in an online format. Students will be able to take the practice tests online in a timed exam environment, and then see their scores along with written and video solutions.
These courses give students a boosting opportunity to review the materials, practice, and master their AMC 8 test-taking strategies and problem-solving skills. They consist of selected essential topics, problem-solving, practice exams, solutions, and strategy sessions.
Fundamental courses help students master problem-solving techniques and skills for AMC 8 and MathCounts competitions in Algebra, Counting, Geometry, and Number Theory. They cover the whole contest curriculum.
Many of the questions and answers below are from the official AMC 8 website.
It is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice exam.
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.
Students in grades 8 or below and under the age of 14.5 years on the day of the competition can take the AMC 8 competition.
The AMC 8 date is moved from November to January. In 2024, the contest window is as follows:
January 18, 2024 at 8:00 AM ET through January 24, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET
You can prepare by solving problems from past competitions or similar problems. Taking timed practice tests, going over the solutions, and analyzing your mistakes is also a great way to improve your exam performance. When analyzing your mistakes, you should create strategies to avoid them in the future. You can read this article to learn how making mistakes while practicing can actually help you avoid them in official contests.
AlphaStar offerings contain problems, tests, and exam strategies for AMC 8, developed by AlphaStar Academy faculty and development team. To see all of our offerings, see AMC 8 Preparation section above.