How To Enter
REGISTRATION FOR THE 2016 PHYSICSBOWL CONTEST WILL OPEN DECEMBER 1, 2015.You have two options for how you may receive the exam:
Teachers should reserve a room and arrange for supervision of the test any day between March 30 and April 15, 2016, students should take the exam at the same time.AAPT will ship instructions and scantrons (and email link for downloading PDF) mid March. Notify AAPT if you have not received your test packets by March 24, 2016.
Proctoring Requirements for the PhysicsBowl Contest
The Physics Bowl 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 will need to register, and then provide proctor information).
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: Students cannot register for the exam! If someone other than the proctor registers, please provide the contact information of the person who will proctor the exam.
School, Teacher, and Student Awards
* School team scores are determined by the sum of the scores of the top five students competing.
For more details and information about the PhysicsBowl, please contact AAPT's Programs department at 301-209-3340 or firstname.lastname@example.org