Wednesday, January 24, 2024 

American Mathematics Competitions 8 (AMC 8)

Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Location: UCSD La Jolla Campus, Muir College, Ledden Auditorium

   (aka Humanities and Social Sciences [HSS] Room 2250)

Time: Arrive 7:00 pm

The AMC 8 is a 25-question multiple-choice exam that takes only 40 minutes. The problems are designed to provide an interesting exploratory experience for students in the 6th - 8th grade range; however, there is no lower grade limit. Any student in the 8th grade or below can be a full participant in the AMC 8.

For EVERY student, your AMC exam site is your own school unless your school does not offer your AMC exam.  SDMC is not an elective choice that can be used for your personal convenience.  Always check with your school first, and only request admission to SDMC's exam(s) after confirming that your school will not offer your exam.  This is firm policy that applies to SDMC members and non-members alike.  If after signing up for an AMC exam with SDMC you discover that your school will offer the same exam after all, you are obliged to cancel your SDMC signup and take your exam at your school.

To proceed to signup, follow the link below:

Click through this link to access SDMC's AMC 8 signup form.

This year we have only one AMC 8 session - one time, one location.

Our timing is rigid; we need students to be prepared to begin on time.  We will need students to arrive prepared to listen to instructions and get immediately to work completing the personal information required on each scantron.  We will begin the exam on time; students who arrive late or unprepared will have to accept the inevitable consequences to their exam opportunity.

DATE Wednesday, January 24, 2024

LOCATION UCSD La Jolla Campus, Muir College, Ledden Auditorium

    (aka Humanities and Social Sciences [HSS] Room 2250)

ARRIVE Please arrive at the exam room by 7:00pm

ENTER We will likely have a photo ID check* -  school ID, passport, CA State ID, etc.

BEGIN The exam will begin at 7:20pm; late arrivals may be seated, but will not receive extra time.

END The exam will end at 8:00pm.

EXIT Students must be clear of the exam room by 8:20pm

* AMC now pre-prints student identification on the answer forms - IDs can help us assure that each student receives the correct answer form.


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 (allowed, but not required).  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.

Please be sure to use a #2 "wooden" pencil; these make the best mark on the paper.  Harder than #2 may not darken sufficiently, and mechanical pencils can leave incomplete (spotty) marks.  We have exprienced some scanning difficulties related to this, so please help yourself earn your best score by following this important instruction.

Details messaging will be sent directly to every family who has signed up.

Parking:  Parking is not free anywhere on campus.  Self-pay parking is available in numerous lots around campus, in VISITOR spaces only.  The closest choice is the underground Scholars Parking Structure, which is immediately across Muir Lane from the exam venue.  Permitting and payment can be handled using the ParkMobile phone app, or using the walk-up automats.

Maps:  Please consult the UCSD maps tool to plan your arrival:

Schools please note: SDMC cannot financially nor logistically support the AMC 8 as an alternative to school-based administrations. We are the provider of last resort in the San Diego region for students without other practical options. We encourage all middle schools to provide the AMC 8 for their own students; costs in space and time, preparation and staffing are minor. If such costs are an issue, support usually can be found within the pool of families whose students wish to participate; it is not uncommon for families to bear the cost directly and for most of the organization to be delegated to parent volunteers. SDMC is happy to advise schools and parents on how to begin offering the AMC 8.