Date: TBA, January 18 - 24, 2022
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There has been a radical change in the AMC competition calendar this year, with the AMC 8, usually in November, now being set in January. 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 AND a commitment of a parent to proctor the exam. We expect there to be a little flexibility in the exact timing of the exam within an allowed window, this will be updated with specifics.
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.
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 the AMC 8, please complete and copy/paste the following template into an email message:
Signing up for: AMC 8
SDMC ID Code: (if not an SDMC member, leave blank.)
Parent proctor name:
Parent proctor email:
Please include "AMC 8" 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 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. SDMC is permitted to offer the AMC 8 as an official Higher Education Site. SDMC's AMC 8 administration is intended for any San Diego area student who does not otherwise have an opportunity to take the AMC 8. Students whose schools offer the AMC 8 exam must take their exam at their school. This is national AMC policy, but is sometimes not understood by local schools. Students do not have to be active participants in SDMC to participate in the AMC 8 with SDMC. This year we have only one AMC 8 session - one time, one location . The location is not one of our usual locations, so everyone should consult UCSD maps in advance in order to understand how to arrive sharply on time at the right place. IMPORTANT!!! Parking frequently used by SDMC and guests in prior years has been destroyed by campus construction; there is no parking at all near the exam room. Further, vehicle access to the nearest drop-off points has also been disrupted. It is essential that parents study the above-cited map tool and plan your arrival taking all this into account. The timing of our event is rigidly constrained within a window defined by the University; we cannot hold the exam for late arrivals. We strongly advise arriving early, allowing plenty of time for possibly-long walks from distant parking areas. The closest vehicular access to Solis Hall for drop-off and pick-up is the small traffic circle at Peterson Hall. The drive to this point, however, involves entering the Revelle College area from North Torrey Pines Road at La Jolla Shores Drive, then following Scholars Drive northward, bending eastward onto Muir Lane. Use the above-cited map tool to locate these features. 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 Tuesday, November 12, 2019 LOCATION Solis Lecture Hall, Room 107 ARRIVE Please arrive at the exam room by 8:00pm ENTER All enter the exam room and sit as directed by event staff; begin work on personal information immediately. BEGIN The exam will begin at 8:20pm; late arrivals may be seated, but will not receive extra time. END The exam will end at 9:00pm. EXIT Students must be clear of the exam room by 9:20pm 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 (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. Details messaging will be sent directly to every family who has signed up. Signup is informal, but important. Please copy/paste the following template into an email message and enter the expected information: AMC 8 Student Sign-up SDMC ID Code: (if not an SDMC member, leave blank.) Student name: School grade: School name: Student email: Parent name: Parent email: Home phone: 1st Session preference: There is no session choice this year. 2nd Session preference: All students will take the exam in at the same time and location. Send your signup message to email@example.com NO FREE PARKING Parents are warned that parking is not free during the time frame of the AMC 8, and UC parking enforcement is known for being aggressive. 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.