- Michigan Mathematics Prize Competition
(MMPC) (
**Wed., Oct. 5, 2005**). This competition consists of 40 multiple-choice questions with 5 answers to be answered in 100 minutes, with no guessing penalty. Students with more than about 17 correct (top 5–10%) advance to part II of the competition on**Wed., Dec. 7, 2005**. Most years we have 3-14 students achieve this. Current plans are to again request a special afternoon testing session (12:25-2:05) to also accomodate our Center Juniors and Seniors, so please do not take it in your home school. The Math & Science Center pays the $3 fee and requires all Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to participate. Except for accelerated students, Freshmen participation is voluntary but limited. Scores above a reasonable threshhold may be awarded as**extra credit**test points for freshmen and sophomores, but considered part of the Precalculus and Calculus grades. In 2000 (GB, MS), 2003 (JL, GA), and 2004 (JL) our students made it into the top 100 or even top 50 and had opportunity to join the celebration. - American Mathematics Contest
(AMC-10, AMC-12) (
**Tue., Jan. 31, 2006)**. This contest is a feeder exam for the International Math Olympiad. It consists of 25 multiple-choice questions with 5 answers to be answered in 75 minutes. The scoring is notable in that there are 6 points for a correct answer, 2.5 points for a blank answer, and 0 points for a wrong answer—*i.e.*a significant guessing penalty. Students receiving a score of 100 (top 3-5%) or more on the AMC-12 or in the top 1% (over 120) on the AMC-10 are invited to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME)**(Tue., March 7, 2006)**. Only grade 10 or below may take the AMC-10, and only one of the two tests may be taken. The AIME is a 15 question, 3 hour, 3 digit integer answer exam. A handful of our students qualify each year. Sophomores will miss part of chemistry and Seniors will all have science the following(?) day. In the past, freshmen and sophomores were given the higher of their AMC score or their test grade for the test given within about a week of the exam. For Precalculus and Calculus, the AMC-12 may be considered a test grade. - Michigan Mathematics
League
**(Oct. 25, Nov. 29, Jan. 10, Feb. 14, Mar. 14, and April 11–all Tuesdays**, but given on Oct. 21, Nov. 29, Jan. 10, Feb. 10, Mar. 10, and April 11–half Fridays). For this series of 6 contests, all students take the same 6 question contest. Answers are either right or wrong,*i.e.*there is no partial credit. When Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks do not interfere, the contest will generally be administered on the Friday before since "all" math sections meet. Special permission will be secured to allow testing in the morning and afternoon to accomodate our Center's schedule. It shall be understood that the**contest is not to be discussed with anyone until after the next Tuesday**to ensure fairness nationwide. The Berrien County Math & Science Center was awarded top in region for all Math & Science Centers in Michigan in 1997, 1998, 2003, and 2004 and was 8th statewide in 2005! Five times the Michigan Mathematics League contest points will be added to the contestants test points (with 10 as the possible) for grade calculation (potentially**extra credit**).

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