OCMC Hosts 2012 AMC 8 Competition

On November 13, 2012 at Irvine Chinese School, more than 170 students ranging from grades 5 through 8 competed at the annual American Mathematics Contest 8, hosted this year by the Orange County Math Circle. This contest, commonly known just as AMC 8, is a 25 question multiple choice examination that lasts for about 40 minutes and is designed to promote the development of problem solving skills.

Well before the test started at 7pm, 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 7pm sharp, the test began, and every student furiously began to work through the 25 questions, which start off easier and get harder as you go on. Meanwhile, OC Math Circle volunteers went around distributing fliers and informing parents about the OCMC organization and its programs.

Forty minutes later, the proctors called “pencils down”, and both tests and scantrons 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 8 testing.
Results to the AMC 8 will be emailed out to students in early to mid-December.

Special thanks to Professor Alessandra Pantano, the contest manager, and to all the proctors and student volunteers who made this event possible!!

source: OC Scholar

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