Certamen


About Certamen

Certamen is a game of fast facts and speed, similar to quiz bowl. It's a fun and intense game, and tournaments are often held on the local, state, and national levels. Certamen is played in 2 categories: Open or Competitive Certamen. Open Certamen is more laid-back and is best for those who have not had much Certamen practice, while Competitive Certamen is more fast-paced and is used for competitions. All players must be cleared by provincial/state chairs to play Competitive Certamen at NJCL. There are 3 divisions of Competitive Certamen: Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Rules and Resources

Forgot the TSJCL Certamen Rules and want to brush up before the next tournament? Here's a perfectly outlined guide to the TSJCL-specific regulations. For NJCL rules or guidelines, information can be found on the NJCL website.

Source Lists

Need some help finding sources to help you study for Certamen? Consult this handy source list. It's also available in a Word document so you can take a few notes about each source.

Practice Questions

Want to play an impromptu round of Certamen with your friends? Print out one of the rounds below!

Advanced

Year Round 1 Round 2 Finals
2017
2016
2015
2014 2014-advanced-round-1.docx 2014-advanced-round-2.docx 2014-advanced-finals.docx
2013
2012
2011 tsjcladvanced2011-2.pdf tsjcladvanced2011-3.pdf tsjcladvanced2011.pdf
2010
2009 2009-advanced-round-1.pdf 2009-advanced-round-2.pdf 2009-advanced-finals.pdf
2008 2008-advanced-round-1.pdf 2008-advanced-round-2.pdf 2008-advanced-final.pdf
2007 2007-advanced.pdf 2007-advanced.pdf 2007-advanced.pdf
2006 2006-upper-round-1.pdf 2006-upper-round-2.pdf 2006-upper-finals.pdf
2005 2005-upper-round-1.pdf 2005-upper-round-2.pdf 2005-upper-finals.pdf
2004 tsjclupper2004.pdf tsjclupper2004.pdf tsjclupper2004.pdf
2003 tsjclupper2003.pdf tsjclupper2003.pdf tsjclupper2003.pdf
2002 tsjclupper2002.pdf tsjclupper2002.pdf tsjclupper2002.pdf
2001 tsjclupper2001.pdf tsjclupper2001.pdf tsjclupper2001.pdf
2000 tsjclupper2000.pdf tsjclupper2000.pdf tsjclupper2000.pdf
1999 tsjclupper1999.pdf tsjclupper1999.pdf tsjclupper1999.pdf
1998 tsjclupper1998.pdf tsjclupper1998.pdf tsjclupper1998.pdf
1997 tsjclupper1997.pdf tsjclupper1997.pdf tsjclupper1997.pdf
1996 tsjclupper1996.pdf tsjclupper1996.pdf tsjclupper1996.pdf

Intermediate

Year Round 1 Round 2 Finals
2017
2016
2015
2014 2014-intermediate-round-1.docx 2014-intermediate-round-2.docx 2014-intermediate-finals.docx
2013
2012
2011 tsjclintermediate2011-2.pdf tsjclintermediate2011-3.pdf tsjclintermediate2011.pdf
2010
2009 2009-intermediate-round-1.pdf 2009-intermediate-round-2.pdf 2009-intermediate-finals.pdf
2008 2008-intermediate-round-1.pdf 2008-intermediate-round-2.pdf 2008-intermediate-finals.pdf
2007 2007-intermediate.pdf 2007-intermediate.pdf 2007-intermediate.pdf
2006 2006-intermediate-round-1.pdf 2006-intermediate-round-2.pdf 2006-intermediate-final.pdf
2005 2005-lower-round-1.pdf 2005-lower-round-2.pdf 2005-lower-finals.pdf
2004 tsjcllower2004.pdf tsjcllower2004.pdf tsjcllower2004.pdf
2003 tsjcllower2003.pdf tsjcllower2003.pdf tsjcllower2003.pdf
2002 tsjcllower2002.pdf tsjcllower2002.pdf tsjcllower2002.pdf
2001 tsjcllower2001.pdf tsjcllower2001.pdf tsjcllower2001.pdf
2000 tsjcllower2000.pdf tsjcllower2000.pdf tsjcllower2000.pdf
1999 tsjcllower1999.pdf tsjcllower1999.pdf tsjcllower1999.pdf
1998 tsjcllower1998.pdf tsjcllower1998.pdf tsjcllower1998.pdf
1997 tsjcllower1997.pdf tsjcllower1997.pdf tsjcllower1997.pdf
1996 tsjcllower1996.pdf tsjcllower1996.pdf tsjcllower1996.pdf

Novice

Year Round 1 Round 2 Finals
2017
2016
2015
2014 2014-novice-round-1.docx 2014-novice-round-2.docx 2014-novice-finals.docx
2013
2012
2011 tsjclnovice2011-2.pdf tsjclnovice2011-3.pdf tsjclnovice2011.pdf
2010
2009 2009-novice-round-1.pdf 2009-novice-round-2.pdf 2009-novice-finals.pdf
2008 2008-novice-round-1.pdf 2008-novice-round-2.pdf 2008-novice-finals.pdf
2007 2007-novice.pdf 2007-novice.pdf 2007-novice.pdf
2006 2006-novice-round-1.pdf 2006-novice-round-2.pdf 2006-novice-finals.pdf
2005 2005-novice-round-1.pdf 2005-novice-finals.pdf
2004 tsjclnovice2004.pdf tsjclnovice2004.pdf tsjclnovice2004.pdf
2003 tsjclnovice2003.pdf tsjclnovice2003.pdf tsjclnovice2003.pdf
2002 tsjclnovice2002.pdf tsjclnovice2002.pdf tsjclnovice2002.pdf
2001 tsjclnovice2001.pdf tsjclnovice2001.pdf tsjclnovice2001.pdf
2000 tsjclnovice2000.pdf tsjclnovice2000.pdf tsjclnovice2000.pdf
1999 tsjclnovice1999.pdf tsjclnovice1999.pdf tsjclnovice1999.pdf
1998 tsjclnovice1998.pdf tsjclnovice1998.pdf tsjclnovice1998.pdf
1997 tsjclnovice1997.pdf tsjclnovice1997.pdf tsjclnovice1997.pdf
1996 tsjclnovice1996.pdf tsjclnovice1996.pdf tsjclnovice1996.pdf