Practice Exams

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WebAssign Practice Exams

WebAssign practice exams are open to everyone without a fee. In order to take the practice exams, see the following instructions:

  • Go to
  • Click the "ENTER CLASS KEY" button at the top of the page
  • Enter aapt 4230 8575 as your class key. Anyone can use this key to access the class
  • Click Yes, this is my class (Instructor will be John Risley)
  • Follow the instructions to create a WebAssign account.

Students will need the following information to register for the Preliminary Exam:

PLEASE NOTE: There has been a change in the way that student's taking the exam via WebAssign will be registered to take the exam. Student's will need to create a WebAssign account using the above class key, they will then be able to access past exams to practice. TEACHERS/PROCTORS will need to submit student's names, email addresses, WebAssign usernames and passwords to AAPT. You will receive a link to a form in order to provide this information. You will also be asked to indicate what day you plan to administer the exam, there will be a different password each day, and you will receive a password on the day you plan to administer the exam. You will be receiving an email further explaining these procedures.

Practicing & Administering the Exam

Students will be able to take past exams to practice how to answer questions in WebAssign. When the exam dates are open, none of the practice exams will be available.

The student's instructor or person proctoring the exam will have the password for the "F= ma" exam and should administer the test verifying that the student took the exam. Students will get just one attempt to answer all 25 questions.

Contact Information

For more details and information about the US Physics Team, please contact AAPT's Programs department at 301-209-3340 or