International Physics competitions
- International Physics Olympiad website
- Online Physics Olympiad 
- International Physics Online Olympiad (IPhOO) website
- Rudolf Ortvay Problem Solving Contest in Physics website
- The University Physics Competition website
- Online Physics Brawl – next on 28th November 2018 website
- FYKOS – The Internet Physics Competition website
- Physics League Across Numerous Countries for Kick-ass Students (PLANCKS) website
- Princeton University Physics Competition website
National Physics competitions
- American Association of PhysicsTeachers Physics Bowl website
- Auburn Physics Invitation website
- Iowa State Physics Olympics website
- NJAAPT Physics Olympics website
- Princeton University Physics Competition website
- The Raytheon/TAPT Annual High School Physics Competition
- St. Louis Area Physics Teachers Physics Competition website
- San Diego COE/SDSA Physics Team Competition website
- Unites States Physics Olympiad website
- University of Alabama High School Physics contest website
- University of Miami Physics Competition website
- University of Michigan Physics Olympiad website
- UNC-Charlotte Physics Competition website
- University of Northern Iowa Regional Physics Olympics website
- Utah Physics Olympiad website
- Western Kentucky Physics Olympics website
- Yale Physics Olympics website
Regional Physics competitions
- AoPS hosts both an Introductory Physics Forum as well as an Advanced Physics Forum.
- AoPS also teaches PhysicsWOOT—like WOOT, but for physics.
- Physics Forums -- One of the largest educational forums on the web!
- Physics Challenges - Problems -- Collection of Challenging Physics Problems
Statement regarding COVID-19
Dear members of the PhysicsBowl Community,
It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 PhysicsBowl Exam.
Due to the fact that most schools are closed through the end of March, combined with the uncertainty of when schools will reopen, we could not find a time period in which to offer the exam. We understand and applaud the hard work that you put into the preparation for this exam and apologize for the inconvenience caused by its cancellation.
You will be contacted shortly regarding reimbursement of your registration fees. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility in these uncertain and rapidly changing times in which we find ourselves. Also, thank you for your support of AAPT!
Please contact me if you have any questions.
PhysicsBowl Academic Coordinator
How the Contest Works
Each year, approximately 10,000 students take a 40-question, 45-minute timed, multiple-choice test under their school’s supervision. The 2020 exam will be given between March 25 and April 10, 2020. Exam questions are based on topics and concepts covered in a typical high school physics course.
To enhance the distribution of awards, Division I is for first-year physics students and Division II is for second-year physics students. Each Division has 15 regions that have been established across the country to allow schools in each region to compete against one another. Specialized math and science schools compete in their own region. PLEASE NOTE: Test Prep Centers and Educational Services will compete in their own region, and will be eligible for student prizes only.
We have established five regions specifically for China, regions 15 through 19. Schools in China will register via ASDAN China. For more information regarding registering in China, please contact email@example.com, website http://liuxue.xdf.cn/
Note: School Team scores are determined by the sum of the scores of the top five students competing.
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 during registration.
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.