How To Enter

Registration DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 22, 2022.

The PhysicsBowl exam will be administered via printable PDF, or online via WebAssign.

  • You can register students to take the exam via a printable PDF. PDF download sold in sets of five* at $25 each set. AAPT will email each registered teacher a password protected copy of the exam.  Teachers will need to make a copy for each student.  Each exam is approximately 12 pages long.  A scantron for each student will be mailed to your school. PLEASE NOTE:  Scantrons that your students will use to fill in their answers, will need to be mailed to an address in Texas at your expense.
  • You can register students to take the exam via WebAssign at $5.00 per student (you may enter one or more students via WebAssign, but you will need 5 students to qualify for team competition*). Teachers should agree that they will monitor their students who take the test.  WebAssign is available for all participants taking the exam, even if your school is not currently enrolled.  Use WebAssign now to take practice exams.  Important: WebAssign information will be sent to registrants via the proctors email address you provide.

Teachers should reserve a room and arrange for supervision of the test any one day between March 23 and April 15, 2022, students should take the exam at the same time. 


Registration DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 22, 2022.

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Register with a Printable PDF registration form for checks or purchase orders! If mailing form, please also email the form to


Proctoring Requirements for the PhysicsBowl Contest

The PhysicsBowl exam MUST be proctored. It is expected that competitors will take the exam at their local school.  Homeschooled students should contact nearby high schools, community colleges, or universities to ask if they can take the exam there.

In order to verify the identity of exam proctors, we ask that email addresses be official school email addresses whenever possible, ideally associated with a school district or an accredited private school. If you are unable to provide an official school email, then you will need to provide additional contact information for your organization in order to verify your identity and the identity of the organization.

The requirements for the proctor are that they not be a relative of the student(s) taking the exam.  Proctors should have at least a 2-year degree, though this degree does not need to be related to physics.  Librarians would make a suitable proctor, and a student may take the test at a library, assuming that the librarian will be able to observe the test taking to ensure the integrity of the process. Parents may register and provide proctor information when they register.

Testing centers will need to acknowledge that they are a testing center, and provide a web address to verify their status. Unfortunately, the immediate parents of a homeschooled student are not acceptable proctors; in such cases, parents will need to arrange for a non-relative proctor, preferably a teacher at a local school.

PLEASE NOTE: AAPT does not refer or arrange test centers, teachers or proctors for the PhysicsBowl Contest.

School, Teacher, and Student Awards

  • Certificate of Participation will be provided as a printable PDF for all teachers and students competing.
  • Additional awards to be announced.

* School team scores are determined by the sum of the scores of the top five students competing.


For more details and information about the PhysicsBowl, please contact AAPT's Programs department at 301-209-3340 or