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Do you have a student interested in competing in the American Mathematics Competitions?  For those who would like more information about these tests, here is a guide to math competitions as well as a link to the Mathematical Association of Americaamcmedal

Eligibility requirements for taking exams at University of Texas at Dallas:

  • Students can only sit for exams at a University test site if and only if their school does not offer the exam or they are ineligible to take the exam at their school (e.g., the school only offers the AMC 8 to eighth graders and your student is in 7th grade).
  • Parents must approach their schools first for students to take the exam at that location before registering at UT Dallas.
  • Students can register for the AMC 10A OR the AMC 12A (not both) and/or the AMC 10B OR the AMC 12B (not both).  You CANNOT take the 10A and the 12A, but you can take the 10A and the 12B (which are administered on different days and have different questions).  This is because the 10/12 tests have 5 to 10 questions which are the same.  This means, you CANNOT register for the 10A at your school and then take the AMC 12A at UT Dallas or vice versa.
  • Students can only take the exams for which they are the right grades/age.
    • AMC 8 – can only be taken by students who are in 8th grade or below and 14.5 years old and below.
    • AMC 10 – can only be taken by students who are in 10th grade or below and 17.5 years old and below.
    • AMC 12 – can only be taken by students who are in 12th grade or below and 19.5 years old and below.
Exam Dates
  • AMC 8 Contest –Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • AMC 10/12 A –Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • AMC 10/12 B –Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • AIME I* — Wednesday, March 13, 2019 (invitation only based on AMC scores)
  • AIME II* — Thursday, March 21, 2019 (invitation only based on AMC scores)
  • USA(J)MO — April 17 & 18, 2019 (invitation only based on AMC plus AIME scores)

*Please note:  UT Dallas will only offer one AIME test date (AIME I OR AIME II) which will be announced at a later time.

Registration Process

Students who wish to register for the AMC 8, AMC 10A/12A OR the AMC 10B/12B, please read the following important information:

  • Registration MUST take place in person, however, parents can register their students who need not be present for the registration.
  • The fee is a non-refundable $10/per test.  Please bring EXACT change.
  • If a student is eligible to take the test(s) at their school, they must take it there per MAA regulations.
  • Please check exam dates above to know when the exam will be held.  All exams are held after 5pm at UT Dallas – exact times and room number announced at a later date (refer to “On the Exam Date” below).  Students must arrive 15 minutes prior to the exam time.
  • Review the Registration Dates information below to know how and when to sign up.
  • Please note that this is a service we offer to the community so that talented young mathematicians have the opportunity to participate in these competitions – we volunteer our time to make this happen so please read this information carefully to have your questions answered.  For additional concerns email Kathy at kathy.cordeiro at gmail.comDo not call UT Dallas, for questions regarding these contests​. If you do you will be referred back to us.

Registration Dates

Multiple registration dates are available for each exam.  In order to have time to order the proper number of tests, registration must take place well in advance of the exam date (finding large rooms at UT Dallas on short notice is not possible).  All registrations take place in person at the UT Dallas Visitor’s Center by the tables across from the bookstore (look for Kathy Cordeiro).

Familiarize yourself with UT Dallas parking policies and locations.  We are not responsible for providing directions nor parking information.

  • AMC 8 – Registration Dates (Kathy will NOT be present at UT Dallas outside these dates and times). 
    The registration days have now passed for the AMC 8 and only waitlist registrations will be accepted.  Here is a link for the waitlist:  https://goo.gl/forms/FsVneYVYK1i5w73n1.  Detailed information about this process is on the form.
    • October 7, Sunday, 2-3pm
    • October 20, Saturday, 2-3pm
  • AMC 10A/12A and AMC 10B/12B – Registration Dates
    • December 8, Saturday, 2-3pm
    • December 16,  Sunday, 1-2pm (please note this is a different time)
    • January 5, Saturday, 2-3pm
    • January 19, Saturday, 2-3pm

BEFORE THE EXAM DATE:

  • Review the UT Dallas parking policies and locations.  We are not responsible for providing directions nor parking information.
    • AMC 8, November 13th, Time/Room:  To Be Announced
    • AMC 10A/12A, February 7th, Time/Room:  To Be Announced
    • AMC 10B/12B, February 13th, Time/Room:  To Be Announced
  • If you change plans and will take the exam elsewhere, please notify me ASAP so your exam can be used by a wait-list family.
  • PREPARE for the exam!  Feel free to contact me for resources.

ON THE EXAM DATE:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before the exam.  If you are wait-listed, arrive 30 minutes before the exam and bring your $10 registration fee (exact change please)
  • Bring TWO sharpened #2 Pencils with good erasers (NO MECHANICAL PENCILS)
  • Calculators are NOT allowed, but you can bring graph paper, rulers, compass, and/or protractor.  Scratch paper will be provided.
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We will continue our AMC 8 preparation sessions again this Saturday as Titu Andreescu leads the group through more interesting AMC 8 problems.

Please click here to download the problems and solutions from last week.

AMC 8 problems

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Congratulations to all of the students who earned perfect scores (25/25) on the 2012 AMC 8.  It was good to see that many of the perfect scores were earned by Texas students and that a good number of those are attendees of the Metroplex Math Circle.

First Initial Last Name Grade School Name
S AHMAD 7 HARMONY SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE HOUSTON, TX
M BU 8 EUDAIMONIA ACADEMY HOME SCHOOL FRISCO, TX
K CHANG 7 BECK JHS KATY, TX
B CHEN 6 RICE MS PLANO, TX
K FENG 7 FOWLER MIDDLE SCHOOL PLANO, TX
E GUO 7 HOCKADAY SCHOOL DALLAS, TX
K HAN 8 ST MARK’S SCHOOL OF TEXAS DALLAS, TX
B HO 8 RICE MS PLANO, TX
E LI 8 FORT SETTLEMENT MS SUGAR LAND, TX
H LIU 7 BECK JHS KATY, TX
A LIU 7 THE VILLAGE SCHOOL HOUSTON, TX
J SHOEMAKER 6 Holy Family Catholic School Austin, TX
V VALE 7 EUDAIMONIA ACADEMY HOME SCHOOL FRISCO, TX
J WANG 6 SCHIMELPFENIG MIDDLE PLANO, TX
B XU 8 FORT SETTLEMENT MS SUGAR LAND, TX
A YANG 8 BECKENDORFF JUNIOR HIGH KATY, TX
E ZHANG 6 RICE MS PLANO, TX

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With the AMC 10 and 12 contests behind us, some students will be preparing for the AIME while many will be working hard to improve their scores next year.  Both groups will not want to miss Dr. Titu Andreescu this weekend as he presents more of his favorite problems and solutions.

Titu Andreescu received his Ph.D. from the West University of Timisoara, Romania. The topic of his dissertation was “Research on Diophantine Analysis and Applications.” Professor Andreescu currently teaches at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is past chairman of the USA Mathematical Olympiad, served as director of the MAA American Mathematics Competitions (1998–2003), coach of the USA International Mathematical Olympiad Team (IMO) for 10 years (1993–2002), director of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program (1995–2002), and leader of the USA IMO Team (1995–2002). In 2002 Titu was elected member of the IMO Advisory Board, the governing body of the world’s most prestigious mathematics competition. Titu co-founded in 2006 and continues as director of the AwesomeMath Summer Program (AMSP). He received the Edyth May Sliffe Award for Distinguished High School Mathematics Teaching from the MAA in 1994 and a “Certificate of Appreciation” from the president of the MAA in 1995 for his outstanding service as coach of the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program in preparing the US team for its perfect performance in Hong Kong at the 1994 IMO. Titu’s contributions to numerous textbooks and problem books are recognized worldwide.

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Congratulations to the many students in Texas who took the 2011 AMC 8.  We would like to especially recognize those Texas students in sixth grade or below who scored above a 23 on this challenging 25 point test.  Many of these students are regular attendees of the Metroplex Math Circle:

  • Dachey Lin, Rice Middle School, 25/25
  • Michael Ma, Rice Middle School, 25/25
  • Kevin Feng, Fowler Middle School, 24/25
  • Luke Robitaille, Oakridge School, 24/25
  • Gyumin Ro, Spartan Learning Academy, 23/25
  • Vinjai Vale, Eudaimonia Academy, 23/25
  • Jerry Yang, Rice Middle School, 23/25

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Several of our local schools distinguished themselves in the recent AMC 8 with high team scores:

  • Score: 67 – A & M Consolidated Ms, College Station
  • Score: 68 – Westbrook Intermediate, Friendswood
  • Score: 70 – Eudaimonia Academy Home School, Frisco
  • Score: 73 – Harmony School Of Advancement, Houston
  • Score: 74 – Quail Valley Ms, Missouri City
  • Score: 67 – Fowler Middle School, Plano
  • Score: 72 – Rice Ms, Plano
  • Score: 66 – Wyatt Elementary, Plano
  • Score: 73 – First Colony Ms, Sugar Land
  • Score: 75 – Fort Settlement Ms, Sugar Land

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AMC 8 Results for Texas


The AMC has published state level summaries for the 2009 AMC 8.  Texas did very well with several perfect scores.

 

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