What is the AMC

Every February the Mathematical Association of America (MMA) holds a math competition for American students called the AMC. For highschool students the AMC is split into two different tests: the AMC 10, for 9th and 10th graders, and the AMC 12, for 11th and 12th graders.  Both tests have 25 multiple choice questions and a 75 minute time limit. The AMC 10 test students on concepts covered in math classes up to Algebra one while the AMC 12 tests on concepts from classes up to Calculus although Bothell math teacher Robert Kimbrough described the questions as “problem solving based” and said, “ they are not routine problems that you can rehearse to the extent that you can on a standard math test.” 

While both the AMC tests are pretty difficult, with over 75% of students scoring less than 60 out of 150 in 2019 according to Stuyvesant high school, they are a great opportunity for students who like math or enjoy solving problems in creative ways. Claire Li (‘22) took the AMC 10 last year and considered the test, “a positive experience because I learned a few new ways to solve equations.” The AMCs can also be a way to expand your mathematical knowledge. Mr. Kimbrough said, “There are a lot of interesting maths that are not included in the standard middle school or high school classes.  If you are interested in seeing more of what’s out there, this is a good way to do it.” There are also future benefits of taking the AMC. Mr. Kimbrough thought that a big benefit of taking the was that, “ it would motivate you to have a greater exposure to problem solving techniques and concepts” which would be valuable for those who plan on continuing to study math after highschool. Those who do well on the AMC also have an opportunity to earn scholarship money for college as well as get invited to take a series of tests with the chance of being selected to participate in the U.S. Mathematical Olympiad program. 

At Bothell Highschool Mr. Kimbrough administers both the AMC 10 and AMC 12. Normally the AMC tests would be taken in person, but this year due to COVID the tests are both online. This year the test is on February 10th at 9:30 AM and to register email Mr. Kimbrough.

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