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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 34 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: Videos of solutions to previous AMCs and problem solving techniques
 PDFs of every previous AMC 10/12 and solutions
 AMC Study Guide
 Blog discussing qualifications / preparation techniques
 AMC website  example previous tests (Note: only use tests from 2007 12A or later  the test changed in 2007.)
 Helpful Formulas
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 12 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 Ti83, Ti84, Ti86 are allowed. Calculators with symbolic manipulating capabilities or QWERTYkeypads, such as Ti89, Ti92 are not allowed). TinSpire calculators must use the Ti84 style faceplate.)
Who should participate?  Very strong math students who have taken, or are taking, honors algebra 34 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