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Random Math prepares students for the AMC 8 in a year-round system that culminates at the end with a series of mock tests and review sessions, where coaches guide students through challenging concepts students need to master one to two months before the math competition.
Over the year, students work on difficult problems to stretch their problem-solving skills with other students at their levels. By working with peers near their level, students can learn new ways to approach tough problems from their coaches and classmates. Random Math’s classrooms encourage students to speak out, ask questions, and share their thoughts to help everyone improve their math proficiency to a new level.
Our math problems are divided into four units over the school year and cover all topics tested in AMC 8 math: Algebra, Number Theory, Geometry, and Combinatorics. Once students have mastered these four units, they will excel at the AMC 8. Random Math closely monitors students’ progress by tracking their scores on mock tests, analyzing every individual’s weakness, and teaching appropriate concepts to help each student overcome their weakness and achieve mastery.
The majority of Random Math students have continuously placed among the top 5-10% of the AMC 8 math competition. Those who place in the honor roll, which comprises the top 5-percentile scorers, and the distinguished honor roll, which comprises the top 1-percentile scorers, have continued to perform well in the AMC 10 and AIME competitions.
In 2019, 29 Random Math students placed in the top 1 percentile, out of which 9 had a perfect score. A total of 54 students placed within the top 5 percentile.
For more information about our results, please see the page: https://www.randommath.com/tournaments/amc-8.
The AMC 8 is one of the largest middle school level math competitions in the U.S. It is taken individually, but several middle school tournaments have both individual and team rounds.
The Berkeley Mini Math Tournament (BMMT), open to students grade 8 and below, is among the most well-known middle school level tournaments drawing over 2000 contestants. It takes place over two days and includes four competition rounds, three of which are team rounds and one of which is an individual round. In 2021, 7 Random Math students placed in the top 10 individual awards, and 13 students placed in the top 20% of all contestants. Additionally, the Random Math team, which comprised five students, placed 1st for Overall Team. For more information about BMMT, please see our page:
The Exeter Math Club Competition (EMCC) is another middle-school mathematics competition held annually at the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. It has one individual round and two team rounds. In 2020, 7 Random math students placed among the top 10 in multiple rounds, 2 of which placed in the top 10 Overall. That year, Random Math also received first place for the Team and Overall Sweepstakes rounds. For more information about EMCC, please see our page:
Other popular middle school level math competitions include the Continental Math League (CML), Purple Comet Math Meet, Math League, Math Counts, Mathematical Olympiads for Elementary and Middle School (MOEMS), Math Kangaroo, and Noetic Learning Math Contest (NLMC). For a complete list of middle school math tournaments, please see our page:
The AMC 8 competition is widely seen as an essential competition for building foundational math skills and knowledge required to perform well in higher-level math competitions — schools usually provide their students an opportunity to take the AMC 10 if they perform well in the AMC 8 (i.e. scoring within the top 5 percentile).
While the AMC 8 primarily tests students on prealgebra and basic algebra concepts, higher-level competitions like the AMC 10/12 and AIME build off such foundational concepts and test students on more advanced topics in algebra, number theory, and geometry. To perform well in these higher-level competitions, students must apply the same critical thinking and problem-solving skills they have been developing since participating in the AMC 8.
Since many students who perform well in the AMC 8 continue competing in the AMC 10/12 competitions, taking the AMC 8 will allow students to get a better feel of their peers’ level in competitive math. This enables students to gauge their performance in higher-level math competitions on a more accurate scale.
As a middle school-level math competition, the AMC 8 also poses low stakes for students who have just begun their mathematical journey. Students are allowed to learn from their mistakes before moving on to higher-stakes competitions like the AMC 10/12 and AIME, scores that can be reflected on their college resumes.