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AMC 10 Preparation!

I just got a call from my mom that went something like the following: "Hi Finn! Oh, did you hear that I signed you up for some test at the college? I think it's called... Oh, what is it... oh yeah! It's the AMC 10! And by the way... it's tomorrow." You can all imagine that right now I'm freaking out! What do I do to prepare, and what should I expect? How is it graded? What's a good score?

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2 years, 11 months ago

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I also just searched it. The AMC 10 is a math test of 25 multiple choice questions in 75 minutes using algebra and geometry. I could be wrong, but that would mean that Google would be wrong. Robert Fritz · 2 years, 11 months ago

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Wait what about the AMC 8? I'm in seventh grade as well (way worse at math than anyone else on here though D: ) and I think I'm going to take that next year... Dana Chiueh · 2 years, 9 months ago

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I just took it and it was REALLY easy, but super hard at the same time. I think I got anywhere from 80 to 120. Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Finn Hulse A 7th grader in my class got a 130.5 on the AMC10 A, so I would aim higher in 8th grade Chris Hambacher · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Chris Hambacher That's actually really impressive. Daniel Liu · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Daniel Liu Yeah... I'm aiming for the 80's. :D Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Chris Hambacher I'm in 7th grade, dude. Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Finn Hulse Score 120 and higher, and you're cool. this way you get into AIME, which is the next test. It's a 15 question 3 hour tests; the questions are pretty hard.

My scores: 135 on the AMC 10 A and a 139.5 on the AMC 10 B. Daniel Liu · 2 years, 11 months ago

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I'd say a good score to be a 120 or higher. 6 points for every correct answer, 1.5 for every blank, 0 for every wrong. 25 questions, 75 minutes. Good Luck, and see if you can beat me. And it is a very awesome competition that leads to AIME, USAMO, USAJMO, and the IMO. Chris Hambacher · 2 years, 11 months ago

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You can find good answers to your questions on AoPS. Xuming Liang · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Xuming Liang That's what I've been doing. But I really need to know about what a good score for a 7th grader is. Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Finn Hulse Last year in 7th I got a 102. ._. Michael Diao · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Michael Diao In 7th grade, don't stress. You should aim for a score in the 96-120 range, because 8th grade is when it matters more. The average 7th grade score is around 58.5, according to MAA. Michael Diao · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Michael Diao How is it graded? Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Finn Hulse Okay, so there are 25 questions, and for each correct answer, there are 6 points rewarded. For every blank answer, there are 1.5 points rewarded. There is no penalty for incorrect answers, so the maximum score is 150. O_o Michael Diao · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Michael Diao Woah... Cool beans! Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Finn Hulse wat Michael Diao · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Michael Diao beans? Michael Diao · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Michael Diao Yeah! You've never heard "Cool beans"? Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Finn Hulse o_o Michael Diao · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Michael Diao Here. Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Finn Hulse It depends on whether or not you want to qualify for the AIME. In fact, as of today from the MAA statistic site, there are 3 7th grade perfect scorers on the 10A. Xuming Liang · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Xuming Liang Nice! ....... Wait, how do you know that? Robert Fritz · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Robert Fritz There's a statistics page on the MAA website. Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Xuming Liang Three in the United States! To get that in 8th grade, you have to be: a) A extremely good guesser b) The best in the U.S.A. c) Both a and b Chris Hambacher · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Chris Hambacher Haha, yeah. Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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It kind of depends on what your trying to get on it and why you are taking the test. If you are trying to ace it and get into college or something, then you should probably scour the internet. If you are just taking it for some normal reason( whatever that might be because that's not normal) you will probably be fine. Just go over the things that you have learned so far, or something that would be on the A.C.T. The reason that I'm suggesting this is that the ACT is a test that tests how well you have learned your school material. If the AMC 10 is not a test like the ACT, the only other thing that it could be is a logic test, kind of like the SAT. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing that the only type of tests that you can take are things like going over school material,or logic. Plus, since your mom signed you up for it, she probably thought of your strengths. It might involve quite a bit of math and science. Robert Fritz · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Robert Fritz This is not a standardized test. This is for math only, that leads to the AMC10/12, then to the AIME, then to the USAMO/USAJMO, then to the camp, then to IMO. NOT STANDARDIZED TESTS! Chris Hambacher · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Chris Hambacher Ok ok I'm sorry. Robert Fritz · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Robert Fritz Uh... no I don't think so. I've taken the AMC 8, I was just wondering about the 10 and what to expect that's different from 8. Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Finn Hulse What was the AMC 8 like? Robert Fritz · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Robert Fritz 25 questions, 40 minutes, most problems were a little easier than MathCounts, but really easy to screw up on. Check them out here. Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Finn Hulse Do you think that I might take it. Or is it just something that you sign up for, or is it just in your state. Robert Fritz · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Robert Fritz Your school has to purchase the test. You can probably find it at a local high-school, and colleges will look at it, so it's a good idea. You can talk to the PTA at your school or the math specialist. ;) Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Finn Hulse Thanks! Normally at my school we take ISAT's. But since the school system is changing the programs in schools, we even have different standardized tests. For example, the people that need help in math are thrown in Acc. Math to "raise" the states test score average. The classes don't even feel accelerated. I'm in Acc. English which apparently everyone at our school is in because we never had any tests to be leveled at in the first place. Also, how do you crank out so many questions? I use ones off my math tests, but do you just make it up? Robert Fritz · 2 years, 11 months ago

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@Robert Fritz Cool! As for the questions, I spend all of my (very boring) Algebra 1 class sitting in the back thinking of random math. For some, my friends and I will be talking about something math-y, and then I'll come up with a problem. Sometimes, I'll be solving decent MathCounts problems, and I'll take the idea behind that problem and make it better and put more work into it that the creator. Finn Hulse · 2 years, 11 months ago

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