How To Enter

Registration Deadline is February 27, 2023.

PhysiscsBowl exams are $5 per student. You will need five students to qualify for team competition.

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

  • You can purchase a secure PDF version of the exam. A password protected exam and instructions will be sent to the proctor via email. You will also receive a printable answer sheet for the exam. Teachers/proctors will need to print the exam and answer sheet, and then scan the completed answer sheets, and email them to AAPT.
  • You can register students to take the exam via WebAssign. Students will need access to the Internet, but no additional software will be needed. You do not need to have an account with WebAssign to use this method, further instructions are at this LINK.

    Teachers should reserve a room and arrange for supervision of the test any one day between March 22 and April 14, 2023, students should take the exam at the same time. 


Registration Deadline is February 27, 2023.

Register Online with a credit card!


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. Parents or relatives of students are not acceptable proctors. 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