The most well-known high school physics competition in the US

Hosted by the AAPT - the world's leading science community

Over 500 schools from 11 countries compete and rank together

Outstanding students are invited to more advanced science programs

Date: 27th March, 2021


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 (ASDAN Academy) 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 5000 students from more than 200 schools in China each year have participated and achieved outstanding grades globally, with cooperating schools and exam centers increasing year by year.

Requirements & Awards

Competition Requirements

Language: English

Date:27th March, 2021, Saturday, 14:00-14:45pm (45 mins)

Exam locations:
Exam center: recommend students at the exam center choose their own school, non-exam center students choose to take the contest online, or contact the relevant responsible teacher to apply for the exam center
Online :exam computer or phone must be equipped with a camera

Participants: High school students

Format: Individual written test (no experiment)

Exam problems:
Two sets of problems arranged as Division 1 and 2;
Division 1 is suitable for Grade 10 students. (IB Grade10, A-Level G2 students and excellent G1 students)
Division 2 is more difficult.(IB Grade 11-12, A-Level).

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


Individual award

  • Global top 100
  • National Gold: National top 10%
  • National Silver: National top 25%
  • National Bronze: National top 35%
  • Honorable award: Regional top 20%

Team award
The top 5 scores from a school in a particular region/division are added together to give the team score.

  • Global top 50
  • National top 10
  • Regional top 10

Notes: Division 1 and Division 2 are ranked separately

Competition Regional Division

  • Northern China(Region 15): Beijing, Tianjin, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Shandong
  • Southern China(Region 16): Guangdong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hainan, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan
  • Eastern China(Region 17): Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu
  • Central China(Region 18): Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Jiangxi, Henan
  • Western China(Region 19): Chongqing, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Tibet, Ningxia, Xinjiang



Includes the exam fee, proctor fee, grading, international post, past-papers and and one online mock exam (ASDAN doesn't provide any trainings)



March 18, 2021

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 will be provided after registering for PhysicsBowl.
4、Refund policy
If, for some reason, the student is unable to attend after paying the fee, please contact us. If you apply before the registration deadline, 25% of the registration fee will be deducted as academic materials and service fees. If you apply after the registration deadline, no refund will be given.
Northern Contact
Northern Region:
Beijing、Tianjin、Heilongjiang、Jilin、Liaoning、 Heibei、Inner Mongolia、Shanxi、Shandong
Eastern China Contact
Eastern Region:
Southern China Contact
Southern Region:
Western China Contact
Western Region:
Central China Contact
Central Region:
Central China Contact
Central Region: