MathCounts is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests. It provides engaging math programs to middle school students to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem-solving. This class mainly works on the school and regional level of MathCounts problems.
The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The contest is held in November every year and for students in grades 8 and below.
This class is designed to learn the common problem-solving strategies for both competitions and also working on the previous years of competition for practice. By the end of the class, students will have been exposed to hundreds of MathCounts/AMC 8 test questions to help them to succeed.
The focus of this class is on test-taking strategies and critical thinking skills. Most students have the basic knowledge they need to take the competition, so our philosophy is to help students in the other requirements of the competition, namely, accuracy and speed. The test-taking strategies taught in this class will help students not only in the competitions but also in the future for taking other tests inside and outside of school (such as the SAT and ACT).
Prerequisites: Students have completed AGS I or Algebra I. For great achievements in the competitions, students find that AoPS Algebra class helps a lot along with this competition class.
Note: The class materials used for this class are not repeated in 2 years. So students may join this class multiple times in 2 years to refine their competition skills.