What can I expect to see?
What should I HAVE prepped on?
(I want to see if I would pass a score of 3...)
And lastly, Is D actually the most common answer?
Is there a guessing strategy, and other last min tips?
idrk what the AMC8 might have on it...since i haven't done the AMC's in like a thousand years :')
but what i can tell you is that you should look at the past year's problems or do some problems on like AOPS or something just to warm up your brain for tomorrow! :D
you will do awesome don't worry
yeah if you have done a slightly more advanced AoPS before, you should be perfectly fine.
No D, is not the most common answer. Or at least DO NOT TRY TO GUESS D.
Despite statistics, the creators of AMC 8 are AWARE of this fact, and they take advantage of this.
The answers are prettry random, and D happens to be the most common answer.
If you want to do good, I HIGHLY recommend to practice the first FIFTEEN minutes untimed. Try to think about it, take as long as you want. Then time your self once you are good.
If you get to a point where you score an average of 20 or above on the old AMC 8s, and a 15 or above on the recent ones, you should be set!
However, that is insanely hard, and I rarely get to that point. The best I gotten was a 23, but my average is like a 14.
The most common mistake is SILLY errors, so try double checking your first 15 problems. Then just attempt the last ten.
AMC8 this year wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be. Just be prepared for a lot of number theory.
I think I got a 21 or 23
Question 1 - 5.
Easy elementary operations, with a twist to them.
They usually are straightforward operations, DESIGNED so you make a silly mistake.
Usually involves basic counting, probability, or geometry. They sort of are based on interpretation, testing if you understand the problem.
Expect at least one silly mistake in this section.
Logic / clever based problems. They have basic elementary concepts, however, they need cleverness, noticing skills, and some imagination. These can be solved quite easily, if you have the experience.
Questions 15 - 20.
These are the ones I make errors on, usually in sillyness. They involve the hardest drill-type problems you see on school homework, with some special twists. They can involve probability, rates, geometry, manipulative thinking.
21 - 25.
These are the questions covering topics you don't learn in school (or at least not yet)
Number theory, "hard" geometry (couldn't find a better word to describe), and counting plus probability.
These questions are the combination of hard and clever, usually long and involve a little claculation on the paper. And they are on these ousite- of school topics.
Just focus on the first 15. And getting a score of 15 is actually really good. If you get the first 15 right, you are bound to get somewhere around a 16 or a 17. That actually gives you a change to earn the Honor Roll.