AMC-8 2017 Results

Three Mr. Math students make the AMC-8 Achievement Roll among only 39 in Illinois!

In November, a number of our students participated in AMC-8 contest. 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. It is one of the hardest contests for middle school students. Besides including many very challenging problems, its strict time constraint requires not just great analytical reasoning abilities, but also quick thinking and ability to solve hard problems without making mistakes.

This year’s contest produced the lowest scores in the history of AMC-8. While it did not have many exceedingly difficult problems, a lot of problems were “tricky,” which combined with the strict time line, lead to a lot of “silly” mistakes even among the top students. Only 1% of participants scored 20 or more points, only 5% scored 17+, and the average score was less than 9.

Since AMC-8 targets 8th graders, it is exceptionally difficult for younger students. AMC-8 publishes a special Achievement Roll for all students in Grades 6 or below who earn 15 or more points. Only 39 students in Illinois made the Achievement Roll this year, including three from our program: Austin K, Jacob B and Sonakshi M. Four other Mr. Math students missed the Achievement Roll by a single point.

One of our older students, Aaron K, scored 18 points and made the AMC-8 Honor Roll! Two other students, Aishvarya G and Rama B, missed the Honor Roll by a single point.

Congratulations to those amazing kids! We are soooooo proud of them!!! The future of math looks brighter with all those rising stars!