This page will be updated periodically with important information about the 2021 F=ma exam, USAPhO exam, and the U.S. Physics Team training camp.



An email was sent to all teachers/proctors with instructions for having your student(s) register for the F=ma exam on the AoPS contest platform.  The email was sent by an AoPS email address,  If you have not received the email, please check your spam email to see if it is there. If you do not find the email, please email to have a copy sent to you.

Please have your students register on the AoPS website and access the practice exam as soon as possible.  We want to make sure the students are familiar with the platform, and are able to access the exam with the technology that they are using.



Important announcement for the 2021 F=ma exam

Dear Physics Community,

The F=ma exam for 2021 will be online at one time only, offered on February 18, 2021 at 4 pm EST, administered by the Art of Problem Solving. Whether your students are physically and/or virtually attending school, we are conducting the exam online for greater ease and convenience. Thank you for securing the safety of yourself and others during this competition administration cycle.

PLEASE NOTE:  For 2021 we ask that only the students’ high school science/physics teacher, or parent/guardian register for the F=ma exam.  No testing/education centers are eligible to register or proctor the exam.

Important Policies for ONLINE Administration:
            The 2021 F=ma exam must be administered on February 18, 2021 at 4:00pm EST ONLY.

            Students should register for the exam with their high school science/physics teacher, or a parent/guardian if a teacher is not available.

            If the school is open, and can proctor students in a safe environment equipped with a computer, then students should use that option.

            If the school is not open, or doesn’t have the resources to safely proctor students, then students can take the test at home, proctored by a responsible adult.

            Students should NOT take the exam at testing/education centers.

Proctoring options include teacher/counselor proctoring, and parent/guardian proctoring.

As part of the registration process, there are fields asking for the proctor’s contact information (name, email address, phone number, relation to the student, and where the exam will be taken). This is where the exam information will be sent. If there is any suspicion of cheating or unapproved resources, proctors will be contacted. Participants should be continuously monitored by the proctor during the entire exam period.

U.S. Citizens Living Abroad
Teachers may register U.S. Citizens living abroad for the F=ma exam. However, the USAPhO Exam may only be administered within the United States.

The American Association of Physics Teachers may change the program rules, regulations, and conditions of participation in whole or in part. Whenever possible, teachers will be notified of these changes ahead of time.


The 2021 F= ma exam will be held on Feb 18, 2021 at 4 pm EST ONLY. More details concerning registration and the testing procedure will be posted soon.


Details for the 2021 F=ma exam are still being worked out.  The exam will take place as an online only exam, on one day, and at one time in mid-February, the exact date and time are still being determined.

Registration for the F=ma exam will open mid-November.  Please stay tuned to this page for additional updates.