The Canadian Math Contest (CMC) and the American Math Contest (AMC) have recently took place in our school; the CMC was taken place on March 1st and the AMC was taken place on February 16th. Their names say it all. They are math tests designed by institutions from Canada and America that measure the magnitude of your skills in math.
The CMC is made by the Canadian college institute of Waterloo, a university famous for it’s math and engineering programs. There are a total of 5 different tests for the 5 different secondary grades- grade 9s,10s,11s and they all have different names; the 9th grader’s tests are called Pascal 10th grader’s tests are called Cayley and the 11th grader’s tests are called Fermat. Even if you are in an honors math class, you still have to take the test for your own grade. For example, Jane Kim, a student from the Honors Math 11 class, would still take the Grade 11 Fermat test, even though she studies normal grade 12 material. This test is not mandatory to regular math students, but it is for honors math students. During the CMC, the students can use their calculators to solve 25 problems that are focused on thinking of creative and logical ways to solve it.
The AMC is made by the MAA. It’s supposed to “[lead] the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers”. There are a total of 3 tests, AMC 8, AMC 10 and AMC 12, each becoming increasingly difficult as you go on to the next test. For each test, you can either solve the A version or B version of the tests, and both are a few days apart. During this test, you cannot use your calculator and can only rely on your head and your hand to do the calculations. The results come out as rankings (up to 3rd place) from the test result of your school.
Many students took the CMC, but not a lot of students took the AMC. “There only 3 of us doing the AMC 12” says Hans Son, a grade 11 student. “That means we are all guaranteed a reward!” The school encourages students to try out the new AMC tests.