How To Enter


Registration deadline was March 17, 2021.

For 2021 the exam will only be administered online via WebAssign.  The PDF exam format should return in 2022:

  • 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).  You do not need to have an account with WebAssign to use this method.

Teachers should reserve a room and arrange for supervision of the test any day between March 24 and April 9, 2021, students should take the exam at the same time. 

AAPT will email instructions for taking the exam via WebAssign.

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.  Home schooled 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 home schooled 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

  • Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer prizes for winning schools and students for 2021. We will however, be posting the list of winning schools and students on our website.
  • Certificate of Participation provided as a printable PDF for all teachers and students competing.*

* 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