2018 Fall Contest Prep Classes

Mrs. Nal

Mrs. Nal is a nationally well known mathematics teacher focused on contest math. As a math coach, Mrs. Nal taught State and National MATHCOUNTS participants, USA(J)MO qualifiers, MOSP attendees, USAJMO winners/honorable mentions. She was the coach of the TX MATHCOUNTS Team that placed 1st at Nationals in three consecutive years, 2018, 2017 and 2016, 3rd in 2011 and 7th in 2015. In 2018 and 2017, 2 of her students ranked were the MATHCOUNTS NATIONALS Champion and Runner-Up. In 2016, all her 4 students made top 12 in the country.

She is currently coaching the Quail Valley GT Academy team who won 2015-2018 Texas State MATHCOUNTS. She is a two time recipient of the MAA’s Edyth May Sliffe Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Raytheon MathMovesU Heroes Award.

Momentum Learning is offering two Mathworks/AMC 8 practice sessions.

The practice session will cover efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve AMC8 problems as well as test-taking tactics.

Session 1:

First half

  • Geometry: Similarity and Area
  • Algebra: Word Problems

Second Half:

  • Algebra/Number Theory: Algebraic Manipulations
  • Combinatorics: Counting : Casework and Probability

Session 2: 2 shortened Practice AMC 8 Test (Similar to last 15 questions on AMC 8)

AMC8 Session 1
Date: 11/3 (Saturday)
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm CT
Location: Katy or online
Cost: $75
Optional Shuttle: $7 (leaving Sugar Land Momentum at 4:50pm, coming back to Sugar Land at 8:00pm)

AMC8 Session 2
Date: 11/10 (Saturday)
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm CT
Location: Katy or online
Cost: $75
Optional Shuttle: $7 (leaving Sugar Land Momentum at 4:20pm, coming back to Sugar Land at 7:30pm)

Both sessions are available online for students NOT residing in the greater Houston area.
(Pearland and The Woodlands students can take online sessions.)

MATHWORKS Math Contest

What is Mathworks? The Mathworks Math Contest (MMC) – a free contest: an opportunity for middle school students (6-8th grade students) to explore mathematics and be challenged by high-level problems.

Format: The contest is a 15-question test (2 hours) that is proctored by math teachers and coaches at their respective schools. For students whose schools are not sponsoring the test, they can take the contest at Momentum Learning. Once all the students have taken the test, the contest papers will be sent back to Texas State MathWorks to be graded. After all the grades are calculated, they will be released to the teachers and coaches.

The top 4 students (with some age requirements) are invited to represent the United States at the Primary Math World Competition (PMWC) – an all-expense paid trip to HongKong. In addition, all participants are invited to apply to the Mathworks residential Junior Summer Math Camp (JSMC).

Momentum Learning will be hosting this contest. If your school does not sponsor this contest, you can take it at Momentum Learning on November 1st. The contest is free of charge.

Test Date: November 1st, 2018 (Thursday)
Katy Momentum: 4:30pm – 6:40pm
Sugar Land Momentum: 5:00pm – 7:00pm


What is AMC8? The AMC 8 is a 25 multiple-choice question, 40 minute test for middle schoolers designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem solving skills. No problems require the use of a calculator, and their use has been banned since 2008.

The AMC 8 is scored based on the number of questions answered correctly only. There is no penalty for getting a question wrong, and each question has equal value. Thus, a student who answers 23 questions correctly and 2 questions incorrectly receives a score of 23. This is not a standardized test; i.e. no school has to take it, but some schools choose to, mainly to encourage growth in mathematics among their students. Full scorers on the AMC 8 (25/25) get recognition and their picture on the AMCs web site as a top scorer.

Capacity is limited. First come, first serve. No additional registration fee.

  • You will receive an invoice within 1-2 days after online-registration
  • Payment needs to be received within 7 days of online-registration
  • $10 late fee will be charged if payment not received by the deadline indicated on the invoice


  • $10 discount if signing up both sessions and pay before 9/30

Payment methods

  • Online Chase Quickpay (billing@momentumlearning.org)
  • Checks payable to “Momentum Learning Academy Inc.” (mail to or drop off at Momentum Office)