I am a junior... The year that many of my teachers consider " the most important year of high school". I am honestly starting to wonder about my future past college and I would like some advice on how I should prepare. I love math and that is the truth, I have always excelled at math all the way to the point of where I am now (pre-calculus). Now I know what many of you are going to type is I have not even dove into the advanced math yet and I know. I was recommended before on here to purchase a linear algebra text book as that would be a good starting place for advanced math and I did so and am loving it so far. I just came across the test called the AMC 12. I never have heard of this test until I found it on google tonight and am interested in taking it. I am not sure if I am gifted enough to take it as I understand in order to qualify for the competition this is purely a talent based competition combined with hard work and effort. Now I ask of you all, should I take this test, I have no taken calculus yet and am going to do so in my AP AB Cal class next year. Do I need cal for this test or is Pre-Cal sufficient, as I would like to take this test next year. How hard is this test as I am just beginning my adventure into the exploration of proofs and not just simply solving problems such as my Pre-Cal course. I have researched some guides on how I should study for this test and I have came across " The Art and Craft of Problem Solving" by Paul Seitz and " The Art of Problem Solving Volume 2" by Richard Rusczyk. Are these good texts and will studying this in my junior year help me excel in Cal and in college? Will these books prepare me well for the AMC 12? Finally, how can you tell if you are gifted in math as I have not achieved a perfect score on the SAT math portion and that worries me. Thank you for your help.