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REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!  Due to numerous school closings because of inclement weather, we have extended the registration deadline to December 5, 2019.

Exam Information

Complete the short registration form online by clicking on this LINK or, if utilizing a purchase order, you can download this PDF Form, complete and send to the AAPT National Office. We encourage on-line registration. You do not need to supply the names of students who will participate at this time; only the number of students.

  • Please Note that the test dates for the 2020 F=ma exam are January 23, F=ma A, and January 28, F=ma B, ONLY, please check your calendar before registering your students.
  • Students must be either U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States (green card holders) to participate in the F=ma or USAPhO exam. 
  • The F=ma A and F=ma B are designed to cover the same topics and have the same difficulty, but will have completely different questions.
  • It is expected that students will take only one of the F=ma exams, but they may take both exams if they wish.  If students wish to take both F=ma exams, you will need to select, and pay for both dates during registration.
  • We will select approximately 400 students from the F=ma exams to move on to the USAPhO exam.  The two F=ma exams will have different cutoffs for USAPhO qualification, adjusted for the difficulty of each exam.  Students who take both F=ma exams will qualify for USAPhO if either of their F=ma results meet the respective cutoff.
  • 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.

Fee Structure

Please note that there has been an increase in the fees for 2020.

The registration fee to participate is $50 ($25 for AAPT Members) per school plus:

  • $10 per student – Downloadable PDF

Exam proctor will receive a password protected PDF of the exam by email.  Scantrons for the students to answer exam questions will be mailed to arrive 3 to 5 days prior to exam date.  After the exam, completed Scantrons will need to be mailed to our external scorer at your expense.


Proctoring Requirements for the F=ma and USAPhO exams

  • Both the F=ma and USA Physics Team exams 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
  • 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.