• PLEASE NOTE that the TEST DATES for the 2022 F=ma exam were February 9, F=ma A, and February 15, F=ma B, ONLY, please check your calendar before registering your students.
  • Students must be either U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents of the United States (green card holders), or currently attending a U.S. school to participate in the F=ma exam.
  • Students must be either U.S. citizens, or legal permanent residents of the United States (green card holders), to take the USAPhO exam.
  • The F=ma A and F=ma B are designed to cover the same topics and have the same difficulty, but will have different questions.
  • Students may take both F=ma A & B exams, but they must meet or exceed the cutoff score for both exams to move on to the USAPhO exam. There is no benefit for students to take both exams.
  • If you are not the proctor for the exam, you will need to provide your proctors contact information when you register.  You will need to provide the proctor's email address, and mailing address.

School Registration Fee - $50 ($25 for AAPT Members) PER SCHOOL plus, $10 per student (You do not need to supply the names of students who will participate at this time; only the number of students.)

It is preferred that one person register all students from a school. We will be acknowledging schools that register the greatest number of students to take the F=ma exam regardless of their scores.

The F=ma exam will be sent to the teacher/proctor via email as a printable PDF. Teachers/proctors will also receive a printable answer sheet for the F=ma exam. Teachers/proctors will need to have the ability to print the exam and answer sheet, and then scan the completed answer sheets, and upload them to a Google drive.



REGISTER ONLINE with a credit card!
PDF Registration Form for checks or purchase orders! (If mailing form, please also email the form to programs@aapt.org)
Proctoring Requirements for the F=ma and USAPhO exams
  • Both the F=ma and USAPhO exams 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
  • Proctors cannot be relatives 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. Libraries may proctor the test at a public library, provided they can observe the test to ensure the integrity of the process.
  • Testing centers will need to acknowledge that they are a testing center, and provide a web address to verify their status.

PLEASE NOTE: AAPT does not refer or arrange test centers, teachers or proctors for the F=ma and USAPhO exams.

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.