The AMC 8 (American Mathematics Competitions) is sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America to encourage students to excel in mathematics. It is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination designed to promote opportunity for Middle School students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and Math. The exam can be challenging, due to both content and time constraints. The AMC 8 is also intended to promote excitement and enthusiasm towards Math and to stimulate interest in continuing the study of Math beyond the minimum required for high school graduation. AMC 8 provides an opportunity for students to foster the development of positive perceptions of themselves as learners of Math.

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The material included in the AMC 8 is covered in the Middle School Math curriculum. The AMC 8 tests mathematical problem solving with Algebra, Arithmetic, Counting, Geometry, Number Theory, Logic, and Probability. The test may also include (among other topics) Estimation, Percentages, Elementary Geometry (including the Pythagorean Theorem), Spatial Visualization, Everyday Applications, and Reading/Interpreting Graphs. The contest is a rewarding experience in which mathematical curiosity and skill are stimulated.

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