American Math Contest (AMC)

  • American Math Contest (AMC)

    What is it? - A nationwide math contest consisting of a single test of 25 questions.  The test questions are conceptual, 'think out of the box' style questions, and no calculators are allowed.

    Who should participate? - Very strong math students who have taken, or are taking, honors algebra 3-4 and are willing to commit some time to prepare (study) in order to do well on the test.

    Why take this test? -
    1) It looks good on college applications, particularly if you score well.
    2) The AMC test score is one of the factors used to determine our Desert Vista Top 10 Math Students ranking.
    3) For the enjoyment of a math challenge!

    When/where is the test? - Please talk to your math teacher for information about this year’s contests.

    Cost / registration procedure? - Talk to your math teacher about cost/procedures for registering.

    How can I prepare? - Below are links to study materials published from previous contests:

State Math Test

  • State Math Test

    What is it? - A statewide math contest consisting of a single test of 80 questions.  The test questions are based upon material covered in a typical high school math curriculum from Algebra 1-2 to Calculus III.  (Students compete against other students who are in their same grade, and have taken similar math classes.)  Some calculators are allowed on this test. (Calculators like Ti-83, Ti-84, Ti-86 are allowed.  Calculators with symbolic manipulating capabilities or QWERTY-keypads, such as Ti-89, Ti-92 are not allowed).  Ti-nSpire calculators must use the Ti-84 style faceplate.)

    Who should participate? - Very strong math students who have taken, or are taking, honors algebra 3-4 and are willing to commit some time to prepare (study) in order to do well on the test.

    Why take this test? -
    1) Top placing Seniors have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship.
    2) High achievement looks good on a college applications.
    3) The State Math Test score is one of the factors used to determine our Desert Vista Top 10 Math Students ranking.
    4) Top performing students receive a plaque or certificate depending upon how high they place.
    5) For the enjoyment of a math challenge!

    When/where is the test? - Please talk to your math teacher for information about this year’s contests.

    Cost / registration procedure? - Talk to your math teacher about cost/procedures for registering.

    How can I prepare? - Below are links to study materials published from previous contests:
    - State Math Contest Study Packet 1 
    - State Math Contest 2011 - example problems 
    -State Math Contest 2003 - example problems
    State Math Contest 2002 - example problems
    - Helpful Formulas 

Preliminary SAT Test (PSAT), SAT, ACT, SAT II

  • Preliminary SAT Test (PSAT), SAT, ACT, SAT II

    What is these? - Nationwide exams used to assess readiness for admission to colleges and universities.

    Who should participate? - All students expecting to attend a college or university.

    Why take this test? -
    1) SAT and/or ACT is required by nearly all universities for college admission.
    2) Some scholarships are based upon students' scores on these exams (notably the National Merit Scholarship, based upon score on the PSAT taken junior year.)
    3) The PSAT/SAT score is one of the factors used to determine our Desert Vista Top 10 Math Students ranking.

    Test dates, locations, cost, registration info - For more information, please see the college entrance exam page on our Counseling department's website.

    How can I prepare? - In addition to the materials on the DV counseling webpage, here are some additional preparation resources:
    - CollegeBoard.com - The website of the organization that administers the exams contains information on test preparation.
    - Example questions for math portion of PSAT/SAT
    - Helpful Formulas