AMC 10/12 A
This is the expected "proctor's view" of your online exam set up. We need to see you and your workspace. See the notes below for suggestions on how to accomplish this.
Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021
^^^ IMPORTANT ^^^
There has been a radical change in the AMC competition calendar this year, with the AMC 10 & 12, usually in January or February, now being set in November. SDMC's AMC's will be online only. This method requires a later, secondary registration step on the Art of Problem Solving online examination platform. In a change from last year's online AMC administration, AMC now disallows parent proctoring and requires online exams to be proctored by the Contest Manager via live video conferencing. In compliance with this requirement, SDMC will hold one online exam session for all AMC10A students and a separate online exam session for all AMC12A students. This will require each student to have functional video conferencing via Zoom. SDMC will distribute Zoom access details near your exam date.
It is critically important that you work out your home computer set up to acheive the "proctor's view" illustrated in the graphic at the top of this page - showing the student, the student's work surface, and the computer being used to engage the AoPS exam platform. Synthetic backgrounds will not be allowed, since these obscure the workspace. It is also critically important that you work out your technical details in advance - we will not have any time wait on you to debug your setup on exam day. If a student does not achieve the "proctor's view", it will be my duty to report this to AMC, along with screenshots documenting the situation. The whole video conferencing session will be recorded.
Your exam will be controlled by the Art of Problem Solving online exam platform; each student will need to use a computer to engage the exam in real time. It usually does not work well for this exam computer to also handle the video conferencing with the remote proctor. It is not necessary for your video conferencing to be handled by the same device as your AoPS platform access - in fact, it is usually simpler and more effective for the student to use one computer to access the AoPS exam platform, and use a separate device for the Zoom video conferencing.
We recommend the following options, each of which can work:
1) Use an independent USB webcam wired into the student's exam computer. The student can both run Zoom and engage the AoPS exam platform on the same computer. Zoom allows an independent webcam to be selected under the video setup menu. The webcam should be positioned to the side of the student to show the "proctor's view".
2) Use two computers/laptops. One computer - which does not need to have a webcam - can be used by the student to engage the AoPS exam platform. The second computer, a laptop equipped with a webcam, can be used to run Zoom. The Zoom laptop can be positioned to the side of the student to show the "proctor's view".
3) Other smart devices such as smartphones or tablets can be used either in the fashion of (1) or (2). It is possible to use a smartphone as a webcam, for example, in the fashion of (1). It is possible to run Zoom on such devices so it is possible to use a tablet, for example, in the fashion of (2). Beware that is not as easy to "aim" these devices to achieve the "proctor's view" and they can be unstable - we don't want your proctoring device to be falling over during the exam!
The AMC 10A and 12A exams must be taken on November 10. The exams will be staged in series, not in parallel.
5:00pm Zoom room opens Join the video session, check out your video set up
5:15pm Receive instructions
5:30pm Begin exam
6:45pm End exam There are no closing formalities; students may leave at will.
7:00pm Zoom room opens Join the video session, check out your video set up
7:15pm Receive instructions
7:30pm Begin exam
8:45pm End exam There are no closing formalities; students may leave at will.
Zoom access details will be sent to participants by private message close to the exam date - the access details will not be posted here.
SDMC's signups for the AMC10A and AMC12A are closed.
How to register or sign up: Individual students and/or families do not register directly with the national AMC organization - national registration is only for contest managers. Instead, individual students/families sign up with their local contest manager, usually at the student's school. If your school does not offer you an AMC exam, you may sign up with SDMC, but check with your school first.
To sign up with SDMC for either the AMC 10A or AMC 12A, please complete and copy/paste the following template into an email message:
Signing up for: AMC 10A or AMC 12A (choose one)
SDMC ID Code: (if not an SDMC member, leave blank.)
Please include "AMC 10A" or "AMC 12A" as appropriate in the subject line of your signup message and send it to:
You should receive an confirmation message in reply to your initial signup message sent to this address. Thereafter, please understand that we cannot sustain many threads of correspondence with the many who will participate. Instead, unless you have concerns of an immediacy that cannot wait, please monitor this page for updates and watch for occasional group messages that will be sent to all who have signed up.
The remaining instructions below are "old", from our pre-Covid, in-person days. We all look forward to seeing those days return, but for now, ignore all the strikeout text that follows.
The location and scheduling of SDMC's AMC exams are constrained by the fixed schedule of UCSD classes. This year, our AMC 10A & 12A will be administered in two separate sessions in two different locations, but in parallel at the same time, with the same schedule. Session I will include will include ALL AMC 12A students and NO AMC 10A students and Session II will include ALL AMC 10A students and NO AMC 12A students. There are no alternative session choices available. Session I - ALL AMC 12A students and NO AMC 10A students Location: Cognitive Science Building, Room 002; UCSD Main Campus Arrive: 7:00pm Receive scantron and complete personal information Begin Exam: 7:20pm Late arrivals may be seated but will not receive extended time. End Exam: 8:35pm Students must cooperate with the orderly collection of materials. Exit: 8:50pm Drop-off / Pick-up note: The Cognitive Science Building (CSB) is located near Peterson Hall, between Peterson Hall and the Geisel Library. There is no direct drive-up access to the Cognitive Science Building, but drop-off or pick-up can be accomplished at the nearby traffic circle at Peterson Hall at the east end of Muir Lane. Session II - ALL AMC 10A students and NO AMC12A students Location: Center Hall, Room 109, UCSD Campus Arrive: 7:00pm Receive scantron and complete personal information Begin Exam: 7:20pm Late arrivals may be seated but will not receive extended time. End Exam: 8:35pm Students must cooperate with the orderly collection of materials. Exit: 8:50pm Drop-off / Pick-up note: Center Hall is located on the Library Walk near Gilman Drive and a short walk from the Gilman Parking Structure. There is no good immediate drive-up location for student drop off and pick up right at Center Hall, but short walks in a number of directions can get the job done. If parking, we recommend the Gilman Parking Structure. Parking: Unlike SDMC events on weekends, parking is not free anywhere on campus during the AMC exam period. Parking is available in numerous lots around campus; permitting and payment can be handled using the ParkMobile phone app. Maps: Please consult the UCSD maps tool to plan your arrival: maps.ucsd.edu IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ITEMS BROUGHT TO THE EXAM It is often the case that time is lost to confusion over the handling of backpacks and other personal items brought into the exam room that then must be turned in and picked up at the end of the exam period. Worse, the pile of backpacks and other materials collected inevitably contains a live cell phone that produces disturbance during the exam. Please help us to avoid all this unnecessary confusion, delay, and distraction by leaving EVERYTHING at home or with parents except 2-3 sharpened #2 pencils, and perhaps traditional geometry tools (straightedge, compass, etc.). Everything that is needed by a student during the AMC 8 can fit in a basic pencil case. Please do not bring ANYTHING more into the exam room, even paper. Anything more than a pencil case will be required to be left OUTSIDE the exam room, including personal electronics. Students wishing to take either the AMC 10A or AMC 12A with SDMC should copy/paste the following template into an email message: Signing up for: AMC 10A or AMC 12A (choose one) SDMC ID Code: (if not an SDMC member, leave blank.) Student name: Student email: School grade: School name: Parent name: Parent email: Home phone: Session preference: NONE Please include "AMC 10A" or "AMC 12A" in the subject line of your signup message as appropriate and send it to: You should receive an confirmation message in reply to your initial signup message sent to this address. Thereafter, please understand that we cannot sustain many threads of correspondence with the many who will participate. Instead, unless you have concerns of an immediacy that cannot wait, please monitor this page for updates and watch for occasional group messages that will be sent to all who have signed up. SDMC at UCSD is an official "Higher Education Site" for the administration of the AMC 10 and AMC 12. It should be noted that for the purpose of individual recognition and awards, it is generally more favorable for a student to take this exam in his or her school rather than at SDMC if at all possible. We encourage schools to offer these exams on both the A and B dates, as this is the best scenario for student opportunities.