• PLEASE NOTE that the TEST DATE for the 2024 F=ma exam is February 8, 2024 ONLY, please check your calendar before registering your students. The exam window on February 8th is 7am to 8pm EST.
  • 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. IMPORTANT: Students must also be located in the U.S. to take the USAPhO exam.
  • 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.

PLEASE NOTE that there has been an increase in the school and per student fees for 2024.

School Registration Fee - $75 ($37.50 for AAPT Members) PER SCHOOL plus, $15 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.

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 email them to AAPT.



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. Parents or relatives of students are not acceptable proctors. It is expected and preferred that competitors will take the exam at their local school, though they may take the exam elsewhere if needed.
  • Homeschooled students should contact community colleges, universities, or libraries to ask if they have proctoring services. PARENTS OR RELATIVES OF HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE PROCTORS. Parents of homeschooled students may register their children for the exam, but they must provide information for an alternative proctor.
  • 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. We do not keep a sharable listing of centers or teachers that have, or will participate in the exam.

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.