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The Olympiad is a nine-day international competition among pre-university students from more than 60 nations. — AAPT.ORG



2019 U.S. Physics Team

Each year, AAPT and the American Institute of Physics (AIP) sponsor a competition for high school students to represent the United States at the International Physics Olympiad Competition. The mission of the U.S. Physics Team Program is to promote and demonstrate academic excellence through preparation for and participation in the International Physics Olympiad.  Photos of the 2018 Team and camp are available on Flickr.

Important Dates

December 4, 2018 - F=ma Registration Deadline

January 23 and January 25, 2019 - F=ma Testing Dates (PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE TWO TESTING DATES ONLY)

USAPhO Testing Date, April 2, 2019 (One day only, completed exams will need to be scanned and emailed to AAPT)

May/June 2019 - U.S. Physics Team Training Camp, University of Maryland

July 7-15, 2019 - International Physics Olympiad, Tel Aviv, Israel




The F=ma exam results are available at this LINK!

Solutions for the F=ma exams are also available, January 23rd exam solutions are at this LINK, January 25th exam solutions are at this LINK.

Student scores are still being compiled, they should be available by the last week of February, and will be emailed to the exam proctors.  Student scores will not be given out over the phone at the AAPT office, students and parents will need to contact their teachers/proctors to find out their scores.

Teachers/proctors will be receiving an email by the last week of February, with a password protected link to check student scores.

The teachers/proctors who have student(s) that qualified to take the USAPhO exam will be receiving an email informing them which of their student(s) have qualified.  Please note that the date for the USAPhO exam is April 2, 2019.

A formal listing of students qualifying for the USAPhO exam, and the Medal Ranking for the USAPhO exam will not be posted online until after the USAPhO exam is completed.


AAPT would like to welcome JiaJia Dong, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy at Buckell University, as Academic Director of the United States Physics Team Program. Read the AAPT Press Release.


Notice: We understand that the recent weather conditions may have caused an unexpected delay in mailing out your students’ scantrons. Please inform us if you encountered such a delay, and when you were able to mail your scantron packet.


Contact Information

For more details and information about the U.S. Physics Team, please contact AAPT's Programs department at 301-209-3340 or programs@aapt.org