2015 AMC 10/12 B

On Wednesday, February 25th, at the Irvine Chinese School, almost 200 middle and high school students participated in the annual American Mathematics Contest 10/12 B 2015, hosted by the Orange County Math Circle.

The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are 25-question, 75-minute, multiple choice examinations in secondary school mathematics containing problems which can be understood and solved with algebra, geometry, and pre-calculus concepts. Two different versions of the contests are given on two dates, about two weeks apart, in February.

Well before the test started at 6:15pm, students and parents were already lined up to sign in, waiting in the main hall with anxious anticipation. After signing in, students went upstairs to their assigned rooms, where proctors discussed the rules of the contest and passed out the tests and scantrons. At 6 pm sharp, the test began, and every student furiously began to work through the 25 questions, which are ordered in increasing difficulty.

Seventy five minutes later, the proctors called “pencils down”, and tests were collected. As students rushed out of the testing rooms to meet their parents, many commented on the difficulty level of the test and expressed their confidence in how they did. One student remarked to his parent, “I only guessed on one question,” while another remarked “I think I got around a 23…” By 8pm, the volunteers from OC Math Circle had finished cleaning up the rooms and were ready to depart from this successful night of AMC 10/12 testing.

Special thanks to Mrs. Walker, the contest manager, and to all the proctors and student volunteers who made this event possible!

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