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The AMC 8 is a contest for students in grades 8 and below, hosted annually by the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) to students all over the United States.

Usually, high scoring students will be given a chance by their school to take the more challenging AMC 10 exam. However, there is no requirement for the AMC 10 besides the fact that you have to be 10$^\text{th}$ grade or below.

The AMC 8 is administered by the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC). Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) is a proud sponsor of the AMC. The test is intended to foster interest in mathematics and also to help middle school students learn mathematical problem solving.

The AMC 8 replaced the AJHSME.

Region: USA
Type: Multiple Choice
Difficulty: 1 - 1.5
Difficulty Breakdown:

Problems 1 - 12: 1
Problems 13 - 25: 1.5


The AMC 8 exam is a 25 problem exam. There are 40 minutes given in the exam. Problems increase in difficulty as the problem number increases.


The AMC 8 is usually administered on the third week of January. There is a 1-week window for students to take the test.


The AMC 8 tests mathematical problem solving with algebra, arithmetic, counting, geometry, logic, number theory, and probability.

It is easier than the AMC 10, but because of the difference in topics, it is not recommended to practice AMC 10s for the AMC 8.


Video Playlist

These videos are really good for learning many concepts that come on the AMC 8:

-Permutations and Combinations:

-Casework, Complementary Counting, and Overcounting (PIE):

This is a playlist made by Sohil Rathi that covers many of the key concepts and strategies that are on the AMC 8.

Here are some more good videos that go through AMC 8 problem solving ~ MathEx


Use the links above to access many years worth of competition questions and answers.

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