Physics Bowl

Date:31st March, 2018 (Saturday): 14:00-14:45 (45minutes)


American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) was created in 1930 with the aim of improving physics education. The association has 8,000 registered physics teachers; half of these are professors from famous universities, whilst a third are experienced high school teachers. The association provides the latest physics methodologies and rich educational resources through meetings, forums, magazines, contests and so on.

PhysicsBowl is an annual physics contest held by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Experienced registered physics teachers and professors get together to write the competition problems and judge results. It is the most influential physics contest for American high schools, with more than 5,000 participants every year. Most US students with high grades from the PhysicsBowl are also invited to join Physics Camps and Olympiads. The contest challenges students, with only one student in the past 8 years obtaining a full score.

ASDAN China and the AAPT have officially worked together since 2015. Region 15-19 in Physcisbowl are designated to represent the East, South, West, North and Central regions of China. Around 4000 students from more than 200 schools in China each year have participated and achieved outstanding grades globally. In 2015, Xi'an GaoXin No.1 high school won the first place both in China and the world in Division 1, Nanjing Foreign Language School won the first place in China and second in the world in Division 2. In 2016, Nanjing Foreign Language School again won the first place as a team globally and nationally in both Division 1 and 2.

Requirements & Awards

Competition Requirements

Language: English

Date: 31st March, 2018 (Saturday), 14:00-14:45 pm (45 min)

Exam locations: Exam Centers across China (check and choose exam center after registration)

Participants: High school students

Format: Individual written test (no experiment)

Exam problems:
Two sets of problems arranged as Division 1 and 2;
Division 2 is more difficult. (IB Grade10, A-Level G2 students and excellent G1 students)
Division 2 is suitable for Grade 11 and 12 students (IB Grade 11-12, A-Level).

Contest questions: 40 multiple-choice questions, 45 minutes.


Results will be announced within 2 months after the exam.

Individual award
Global top 100 (Division 1, 2)
National top 10 (Division 1, 2)
Regional top 10 (Division 1, 2)
Honorable award -- Top 30% (Division 1, 2)

Team award
The top 5 scores from a school in a particular region/division are added together to give the team score.
Regional top 10 (Division 1,2)
National top 10 (Division 1,2)
Global top 50 (Divison 1, 2)


How to register
Registration has not yet opened
Contestant Registration Deadline
16th March, 2018
Includes the exam fee, international post, past-papers and certificates

Exam Centers

Sample Problems



1、Can the students bring a calculator to PhysicsBowl?

Students can bring a basic calculator (without any equation editor and program functions).

2、Can the students bring a dictionary to PhysicsBowl?

The students can bring a printed version dictionary.

3、Are there any past exam papers or other studying materials?

Access to past exam papers and teaching videos will be provided after registering for PhysicsBowl.

4、Refund policy

If, for some reason, a student is unable to attend after paying the fee, please notify us in writing one month before the deadline of registration. If the student notifies us after that, we will not be able to offer a refund.