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