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# What is AMC 8 | How to prepare for AMC 8

## What is AMC 8

American Mathematics Competition 8 (replaced AJHSME) or AMC 8 is the first step toward International Math Olympiad in the United States (USAMO). Outstanding students participate in this festival of mathematics every year to test their mettle.

This contest aims to provide an opportunity for the students so that they can have a positive attitude towards the challenging problems in Mathematics.

### Eligibility for the test

Students passionate for Mathematics who are in grade 8 or below and under 14.5 years of age on the day of the competition are eligible to participate in the AMC 8.

### AMC 8 Exam Format

AMC 8 Exam is a 40 minutes Multiple Choice Question Examination. It consists of 25 questions and is available in French, Spanish, Large Print, and Braille, apart from English.

### AMC 8 Exam Syllabus

The following topics are included in the exam:

• Algebra
• Arithmetic
• Counting
• Elementary Geometry
• Logic
• Number Theory
• Probability
• Estimation
• Proportional Reasoning
• Reading and interpreting Graphs and Tables
• Pythagorean Theorem
• Spatial Visualization
• Linear Functions and Equations
• Coordinate Geometry
• Everyday application

The difficulty of the problem increases with the question numbers in the question paper.

### When does this Exam occur?

This Exam usually takes place in the month of November on third or fourth Tuesday of the month.

### Scoring system of the Examination

After the exam takes place in November, the MAA AMC office will begin emailing official scores and reports in early to mid-December. It takes roughly 3-4 weeks to finish reporting.

### What after AMC 8?

The students with high scores in AMC 8, get the chance to participate in AMC 10 by their schools. However, they should be in grade 10 or below.

## How to prepare for AMC 8

### Preparation Tips

• Utilize your resources: Start your preparation with whatever resource you have. Get a clear idea of the concepts. Change your mindset about problem-solving and enjoy it.
• Go from basics to advance: Increase your level gradually by starting with small simple concepts and problems. This will maintain your confidence level and you will learn fast.
• Solve Past Papers: Solving questions from the previous year will let you understand the difficulty level of the examination and practice accordingly.
• Solve Similar Questions: Try to get some questions that are similar to the difficulty level of AMC 8 and practice them.
• Don’t hesitate to solve Challenging Problems: As the competition gets tougher year by year. Try to solve questions that are of a higher level of the examination.
• Participate in Math Summer Camps: Participating in such Summer Camps gives you an edge over other competitors. These three-weeks summer camps help you to devote yourself to problem-solving 6-8 hours per day and provides you the right environment for your growth.
• Get a coach: A coach can see and analyze your performance and guide you in the best way possible. He/She can help you strengthen your weaknesses by letting you work in the right direction.
• Take Mock Tests: Take Mock Tests to check your ability to problem-solving. If it is an online test, then it can help you know your preparation status in the competition. You will be able to know where you stand and what should be improved.
• Track Your Progress: You should also track your progress. If something unimportant is stealing your time, recognize it and try to avoid it. Keep yourself surrounded by people who encourage you. Discuss your dreams and goals with them.
• Have Proper food and rest: It is the biggest myth that studying for long hours brings productivity at your work. There should be a routine with a proper work-rest balance and then you should ritually follow it.

All the best!