AMC 8/Mathcounts Prep (for Rising 5th to 8th Graders) Fall Weekend Courses Starting September 10


To help rising 5th to 8th graders prepare for AMC 8 (Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016) and MATHCOUNTS (See: The AMC 8 Contest at the Montgomery College on Tuesday, November 15, 2016)


Fall 2016 Schedule

Class Day/Time Grade Hours Tuition
AMC 8/Mathcounts Prep Regular Level Saturday
3:00 – 5:00pm
3-8 22 $660
AMC 8/Mathcounts Prep Advanced Level Saturday
6:00 – 8:00pm
5-8 22 $720
We offer discounts of $20 for returning students.
  • We will focus on efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve AMC 8/MathCounts problems as well as test-taking tactics.
  • We will utilize a highly effective teaching model as described in the article: Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model.

11 Weekends, Total: 22 Hours
9/10,     9/17,      9/24,     10/1 (Mock Test/Review
10/8,     10/15,   10/22,    10/29 (Mock Test/Review)
11/5,      11/12 (Mock Test/Review),    11/15 (AMC 8 Contest, No Class),
11/19 (Comprehensively Reviewing and Analyzing the 2016 AMC Problems)

Instructor: Dr. Henry Wan

Online Registration is now open! Click HERE to register.

A commitment to the whole course can maximize the benefit of learning all the math ideas, methods, strategies, tactics, skills, and techniques.

Location: 18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841

Contact Information:
Ivy League Education Center
Tel:  301-922-9508                Email:

Regular Class Advanced Class
Specific Goal of the AMC 8 To become part of the top 5% of scorers on the 2016 AMC 8, and then receive National Honor Roll Certificates. In 2015, this was 16-20 correct out of 25 problems. To become part of the top 1% of scorers on the 2016 AMC 8, and then receive National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates. In 2015, this was 21-25 correct out of 25 problems.
Specific Goal of the AMC 10 To earn a score of 60 or more out of 150 on the 2017 AMC 10. To earn a score of 90 or more out of 150 on the 2017 AMC 10, and then receive National Achievement Honor Roll Certificates.
Handout The material covered is the accelerated middle school math curriculum. The emphasis will be on basic comprehensive problem-solving. The material covers math normally associated with grades 9 and 10. The emphasis will be on advanced comprehensive problem-solving, especially in fundamental Discrete Math.
Lecturing The lecture material will be presented with detailed step-by-step explanations at a slower speed, which allows students time to better understand the material itself. The lecture will be presented at a faster pace, so more advanced materials will be covered in a shorter amount of time.
 Homework Problem Sets have similar difficulty and style as the real AMC 8 problems. The focus will on the first 20 problems on the AMC 8. We will give students 500 brand new problems at the AMC 8 level extracted from the licensed AMC Database.

Click HERE to see a typical sample (Regular Level Problem Set).

The focus will on the final 10 problems on the AMC 8, and the first 15 problems on the AMC 10, as well as those hard problems on the MathCounts. We will provide students with 500 brand new problems, extracted from the licensed AMC Database, having similar difficulty and style as the hard real AMC 8 problems.

Click HERE to see a typical sample (Advanced Level Problem Set).

There are many math competitions in the United States. Of those, only AMC → AIME → USAMO sequence would take you to the IMO (International Math Olympiad), the highest level math competition for high school students in the world!

Payment Policy

  • Full payment must be received on or before the day of first class.
  • A late fee of $50 will be added to the tuition for payment after the first class.

Refund Policy

  • Withdrawal before the first class: Full Refund
  • Withdrawal after the first class: $75 deduction
  • No refund after the second class

Our curriculum focuses on advancing the mathematical skills of rising 5th-8th graders to prepare them for AMC 8 and MathCounts. A variety of contest questions, including the first 15 problems on the AMC 10, are used to teach students strategies to solve problems and help students prepare for the competitions. These problems stimulate their interest and enthusiasm for critical and creative thinking and problem solving, broaden their mathematical intuition, and develop their brainpower. The topics taught in this class are not covered in regular school math classes, allowing our students to stay one step ahead.


Read more at:

Class Outline:
We will focus on efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve competitive math problems as well as test-taking tactics. The emphasis of this class will be on comprehensively problem-solving which is the most important to competitive math.

Class Date Topic
1 9/10, Sat Counting and Combinatorics
2 9/17, Sat Probability
3 9/24, Sat Number Theory
4 10/1, Sat Sequences and Patterns
5 10/8, Sat Statistics and Data Analysis
6 10/15, Sat Arithmetic and Proportional Reasoning
7 10/22, Sat Variables, Expressions , and Equations
8 10/29, Sat Algebra and Coordinate Geometry
9 11/5, Sat Plane Geometry
10 11/12, Sat 3-D Geometry
11 11/19, Sat Comprehensive problem-solving

Mock Test:
Three simulated tests will help students assess their level of preparation for the Math Competitions. The test consists of 25 questions at the AMC 8/MathCounts level from the licensed AMC Database, and is intended to mimic an actual math competition exam. After attempting the test, students get answers, explanations, and a detailed score report and wise performance summary.

On average, at least 2 hours per week, as described in the article: Homework assignments are a fundamental part of our courses. Click HERE to see a typical homework sample we developed. We will carefully review and check students’ homework, and correct any mistakes. Based on the student work, we will provide him/her with individualized help and support. More details can be found in the article: Homework Correction is very Important — We Give an Extensive Correction of the Incorrect Answers of All Homework.


We have to face the simple truth that to do well on these grueling contests, we will need to practice. Just like it is for sports and music, the key to success is repetition and practice. We strongly believe in effort and the malleability of intelligence. Intelligence can be enhanced through effort. People can develop impressive levels of expertise through hard work and practice. Effort and persistence are the keys to success. Hard work always pays off: practice makes perfect!

All problems from past AMC 8 exams (1985-2015) and MathCounts (1990–2016) form our “big data” system. We have used data mining and predictive analytics to examine the types and the frequencies of questions in all these materials, and then completely “decoded” the AMC 8 and MathCounts. We will show all the “secret code” cracked from the above big data to students, and teach them to totally grasp and “control” the AMC and MathCounts. For all questions on the recent AMC/MathCounts contests, we can find their “ancestors” and “roots” from the old AMC/MathCounts problems. Therefore, the best way to prepare for the contest is to practice by solving old AMC/MathCounts problems.


Main Purpose: 

Our main purpose is to help our students gain deeper understanding of the fundamental math concepts, build a solid foundation in math, and develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are so valuable to success in any career. We are big believers in the FUNDAMENTALS! Our students will receive the LIFELONG BENEFITS from learning math.

Regardless of his/her math level, each student will have the opportunity to learn math in a fun, friendly, cooperative, supportive learning environment. The most important thing is to have fun.


Our Students

In 2016, we have 36 students who are qualified to take AIME either through AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 23Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Joel (Junyao) T. Particularly, seven middle schoolers and one elementary schooler qualified for the AIME, which is geared toward high school students. Pravalika P., a 6th grader, got a 115.5 out of 150 on the AMC10B, which is very impressive. Read more at: 2016 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 36 Students Qualified for AIME

From 2011 to 2015, in total, 37 students scored above 120 on the American Mathematics Contest 10 (AMC 10) and qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME); 26 students scored above 100 on the American Mathematics Contest 12 (AMC 12) and qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME); 3 students qualified for the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), the highest level of math competition for high school students in the USA. Read more at: Notable Achievements of Our Students


Our Uniqueness

We have a long history of close collaboration with the MAA‘s American Mathematics Competitions (AMC), which are dedicated to strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation’s youth, and are the first of a series of competitions in high school mathematics that determine the United States team for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

We are only one in the Washington DC metropolitan area to offer elementary, middle, and high-school level competition math courses. Our students have received top scores and awards at prestigious national and math competitions.

We have extracted 5,000 brand new problems at the level of the AMC 8 from the licensed AMC Database. In addition, we have also collected all AMC8/10/12 and AIME Official Solutions as shown in the article “American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) Materials.” All these materials have formed a golden resource for our students, who are the ultimate beneficiaries.

Click HERE find out more about Math Competitions!



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