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Am. Math Competition Comes to MSU

January 1, 2012

New this year!  MSU is offering the AMC 10/12 tests free of charge!

Earlier I blogged in “Calling All Mathletes” about why a student should consider sitting for the AMC tests.  Whether you look at the American Mathematics Competitions as a way to let the cream rise to the top, a resume-builder, bragging rights, or just a practice test, it’s definitely the best way for mathletes to stand out.

In an effort to make the AMC tests more easily accessible, universities like MSU are offering the AMC 10B and AMC 12B.

  • The AMC 12 covers high school mathematics, and is for students in high school who are under 19.5 years of age.
  • The AMC 10 covers mathematics normally associated with grades 9 and 10, and is for students under 17.5 years of age who are not enrolled in grades 11, 12, or equivalent.
  • The “B” refers to the second test date.   Students can sit for the same test on both the A & B test dates.  Some students even sit for the AMC 10 on one test date and the AMC 12 on the other test date, in hopes that they might have a better chance on one test or the other.   However, MSU is not offering the “A” test date, so you would need to take that at a local school or collaborate with other parents and find a test proctor (say, a librarian).

To sign up for the AMC 10/12 B test at MSU, email Dr. Elizabeth Burroughs for a registration form.   “We will be offering the test on Wednesday, February 22 from 8-10 am in Wilson Hall here on the MSU campus.  There will be no cost to students, but they do have to register ahead of time.”   Register by Feb 1 to be sure to get a spot; after that registration will be limited to the space available.

What to see some sample questions?   Check out this flyer.   Order some prior years’ exams.  Or order a copy of The Art of Problem Solving.

Years ago my son took the AMC tests and ended up qualifying once for the next level, the AIME (American Invitational Mathematics Exam), of which we were quite proud.   That son is now in the middle of applying for PhD programs in Mathematics.  He still loves that math!

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