Dr. Titu Andreescu will give the lecture himself next week and focus on helping the students prepare for the upcoming AMC 8 test. I’ll describe the importance of the AMC 8 below, but even students too old to take this particular test (over 8th grade) will find a great deal of value in this lecture from the former director of the AMC which they can apply to their preparation for the AMC 10 or 12.

AMC 8 is the first in a sequence of contests offered by the Mathematical Association of America. The results of these tests are ultimately used to select the team that will represent the US at the International Mathematical Olympiad, but the scores are also critical to distinguish a college application from the many perfect SAT math scores received by the elite universities.

Here is information on the AMC 8 for those unfamiliar:

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. This school year it will be held **Tuesday, November 16, 2010**. Click here for a **current brochure**.

The examination provides an opportunity to apply the concepts taught at the junior high 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 junior high school mathematics classes. Calculators are not allowed starting in 2008. High scoring students are invited to participate in the AMC 10.

A special purpose of the AMC 8 is to demonstrate the broad range of topics available for the junior high school mathematics curriculum. This is done by competencies. The AMC 8 has the potential to increase the perceptions of the importance of problem solving activities in the mathematics curriculum by stimulating these activities both preceding and following the examination —specifically by studying the solutions manual.

Additional purposes of the AMC 8 are to promote excitement, enthusiasm and positive attitudes towards mathematics and to stimulate interest in continuing the study of mathematics beyond the minimum required for high school graduation. Developmentally, junior high school students are at a point where attitudes toward school and learning, and perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics are solidified. It is important that they be provided opportunities that foster the development of positive attitudes towards mathematics and positive perceptions of themselves as learners of mathematics. The AMC 8 provides one such opportunity.

We encourage all students in grades 6, 7 and 8 to participate in the AMC 8. All USA, USA embassy, Canadian and foreign school students in grade 8 or below are eligible to participate.

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