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The AMATYC Math Contest at CCSF

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Date/Time/Room for Next Contest Exam at CCSF

The Round #1 exam for the 2015-2016 Academic Year will be held on:

Date: Friday, November 6, 2015
Time: 2:00–3:10 pm (for alternate time, see details below**)
Room: To be arranged.

** The preferred starting time is 2:00 pm...if you cannot make that time due to a schedule conflict (or if you may need to leave before the 60 minute exam interval is over), you can take the exam from 3:00–4:10 pm. Just be sure to arrive no later than 3:05 pm since, due to contest rules, students cannot be admitted after 3:05 pm.

Please Note: Contest rules specify that no student may begin the contest exam after any student has left the test room. Thus students beginning the exam at 2:00 pm must commit to staying until at least 3:05 pm, so that we can offer the second time option from 3:00-4:15 pm for those who can't begin at 2:00 pm. Students who may need to leave before 60 minutes are up should take the exam with the 3-4pm cohort!!.

FURTHER INFO: Participants have exactly 60 minutes to work on the exam. It takes about 5-10 minutes to distribute the exams and read through the instructions, so participants in the cohort beginning at 2pm should plan to be present from 2:00-3:15 pm.

You can have a look now at the exam instructions and answer sheet. At the beginning of each contest exam, we'll read through the instructions and you'll fill in the student information on the answer sheet...after that you'll have 60 minutes to work on the contest problems.

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Brief Overview of the AMATYC Math Contest

The AMATYC "Student Math League" Contest is a math contest held each year at community colleges nationwide. It consists of two one-hour exams. At CCSF, the first exam is typically given in early November and the second exam is given in early March. Each exam consists of 20 multiple choice questions covering precalculus material (e.g. algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and statistics/probability). Examples of past exams can be downloaded (as PDF files) from this AMATYC webpage. [Note: You'll need the free Adobe Acrobat software to read these files.] Various contest scholarships and prizes are awarded, among them:

All CCSF students are welcome to participate. No special registration is required --- all an interested student needs to do is come to the contest room at the announced time on the contest date. Students are also permitted to bring and use any scientific or graphics calculator that does not have a QWERTY (i.e. typewriter) keyboard.

Note, however, that students who have already earned a two-year college degree (or higher) are not eligible to compete for official awards.

For More Information

If you'd like to learn more about the contest, you can:

or you may contact one of the following CCSF math faculty:

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CCSF Contest Workshop Schedule for Spring 2015

Date Time Room Instructor
Pre-Contest Workshop
Friday, October 23
2–3 pm 
To be arranged
Aaron Schusteff  
Pre-Contest Workshop
Friday, October 30
2–3 pm 
To be arranged
Mike Greenberg 
AMATYC Contest Exam: Round #2
Friday, November 6
2:00–3:10 pm

(or   3:00–4:10 pm)

To be arranged

To be arranged

Post-Contest Meeting
Friday, November 13
2–3 pm 
To be arranged
To be arranged

During the pre-contest workshops we typically discuss how the contest works, look at problems from previous contest exams, and discuss solutions and strategies to help prepare students for the upcoming contest exam.

During the post-contest meeting we'll:

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Links to Math Contest Practice Problem Sites

  • Your first "best resource" for preparing for the contest is to take a look at some of the many previous AMATYC exams . Note that all 20 exams available at that link have answer keys provided, and the last 4 exams have brief solution summaries as well...very helpful!!
  • For other potential practice problems see:

  • The Math Forum "Math Puzzle" Links: A selection of links to math puzzle/problems sites with a variety of levels.
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