AMC Series

Math Zoom Academy is a proud sponsor of the American Mathematics Contests.  Our director Dr. Kevin Wang is on the AMC Advisory Board. Our professor Dr. Harold Reiter was the AMC director for many years. He is the current chair of the Sliff Teachers's Award Committee. Our professors also write problems for AMC to be used in future tests. For our students, we administer the AMC 8, 10/12 and subsequent competitions AIME, USAMO. We prepare students for the rigorous mathematical contemplation that the test requires, and we delivered outstanding results. Our MC-II, MC-III, and MC-IV courses provide training for AMC10/12 and beyond. This content is covered extensively in the summer camp curriculum. Math Zoom Academy works with students to improve their math flexibility.  Our goal is to have students take their knowledge to further heights.  As a student becomes more aware of deeper mathematical creativity they will be more relaxed and confident when working in math competitions.  And this confidence will carry over into all aspects of their lives.

The American Mathematical Competitions originated in 1950 when a committee in New York tentatively wrote a competition for high school students.  From that modest beginning the AMC has grown into a world-wide competition involving over 400,000 students in over 5,000 schools in several countries.  We are always looking at the future to expand and bring more students into the competitions.  Our goal is not simply to find the best students but rather involve all students because any student who can solve just one problem in the competition has made a great achievement in his or her life.

Of course the American Mathematical Competitions are a precursor to the International Math Olympiad, but any student who participates in the AMC is a winner, because the problems in the AMC are not simple homework problems.  The problems require mathematical understanding and the ability to be flexible and pursue a train of thought that leads to further insight.  Usually the AMC problems never have a one-step solution.  The problems require sound mathematical understanding and a keen insight to seek out the solution.  Nonetheless if students simply let themselves become involved in the problem they can find the insight needed within themselves.  The problems are written with that goal in mind.  We do not write problems that are so terribly hard no one can solve them.  Rather, we take an idea that we expect students to have mastered and twist it a little to make it challenging.  And we consider all levels of mastery so that students at any level will be able to participate.  We expect most students to solve the first 5 problems and then the problems become progressively harder from there, in groups of five with the last five as the hardest; only one percent of the students will solve those problems.

AMC 8 – 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 examination provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the middle school 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 middle school mathematics classes. AMC 10/12 – The AMC 10 and AMC12 are each 25 questions, 75-minute multiple choice examinations in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with pre-calculus concepts. The main purpose of the AMC 10/12 is to create interest in mathematics and to develop talent through the excitement of solving challenging problems in a timed multiple-choice format. A special purpose of the AMC 10/12 is to identify those few students with truly exceptional mathematics talent. Students who are among the very best deserve some indication of how they stand relative to other students in the country and around the world . The AMC 10/12 provides one such indication, and it is the first in a series of examinations. In this way the very best young mathematicians are recognized, encouraged and developed.

Please visit the Important Dates page for the dates of these contests.

For more information about AMC series of contest, please click here.

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