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
2018
2017 2017 Advanced Certamen Round 1 2017 Advanced Certamen Round 2 2017 Advanced Certamen Finals
2016 2016 Advanced Certamen Round 1 2016 Advanced Certamen Round 2 2016 Advanced Certamen Finals
2015 2015 Advanced Certamen Round 1 2015 Advanced Certamen Round 2 2015 Advanced Certamen Finals
2014 2014 Advanced Certamen Round 1 2014 Advanced Certamen Round 2 2014 Advanced Certamen Finals
2013 2013 Advanced Certamen Round 1 2013 Advanced Certamen Round 2 2013 Advanced Certamen Finals
2012 2012 Advanced Certamen Round 1 2012 Advanced Certamen Round 2 2012 Advanced Certamen Finals
2011 2011 Advanced Certamen Questions Round 1 2011 Advanced Certamen Questions Round 2 2011 Advanced Certamen Questions Finals
2010 2010 Advanced Certamen Round 1 2010 Advanced Certamen Round 2 2010 Advanced Certamen Finals
2009 2009 Advanced Certamen Round 1 2009 Advanced Certamen Round 2 2009 Advanced Certamen Finals
2008 2008 Advanced Certamen Round 1 2008 Advanced Certamen Round 2 2008 Advanced Certamen Finals
2007 2007 Advanced Certamen All Rounds 2007 Advanced Certamen All Rounds 2007 Advanced Certamen All Rounds
2006 2006 Upper Certamen Round 1 2006 Upper Certamen Round 2 2006 Upper Certamen Finals
2005 2005 Upper Certamen Round 1 2005 Upper Certamen Round 2 2005 Upper Certamen Finals
2004 2004 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 2004 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 2004 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds
2003 2003 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 2003 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 2003 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds
2002 2002 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 2002 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 2002 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds
2001 2001 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 2001 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 2001 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds
2000 2000 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 2000 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 2000 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds
1999 1999 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 1999 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 1999 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds
1998 1998 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 1998 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 1998 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds
1997 1997 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 1997 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 1997 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds
1996 1996 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 1996 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds 1996 Upper Certamen Questions All Rounds

Intermediate

Year Round 1 Round 2 Finals
2018
2017 2017 Intermediate Certamen Round 1 2017 Intermediate Certamen Finals
2016 2016 Intermediate Certamen Round 1 2016 Intermediate Certamen Finals
2015 2015 Intermediate Certamen Round 1 2015 Intermediate Certamen Round 2 2015 Intermediate Certamen Finals
2014 2014 Intermediate Certamen Round 1 2014 Intermediate Certamen Round 2 2014 Intermediate Certamen Finals
2013 2013 Intermediate Certamen Round 1 2013 Intermediate Certamen Round 2 2013 Intermediate Certamen Finals
2012 2012 Intermediate Certamen Round 1 2012 Intermediate Certamen Round 2 2012 Intermediate Certamen Finals
2011 2011 Intermediate Certamen Questions Round 1 2011 Intermediate Certamen Questions Round 2 2011 Intermediate Certamen Questions Finals
2010 2010 Intermediate Certamen Round 1 2010 Intermediate Certamen Round 2 2010 Intermediate Certamen Finals
2009 2009 Intermediate Certamen Round 1 2009 Intermediate Certamen Round 2 2009 Intermediate Certamen Finals
2008 2008 Intermediate Certamen Round 1 2008 Intermediate Certamen Round 2 2008 Intermediate Certamen Finals
2007 2007 Intermediate Certamen All Rounds 2007 Intermediate Certamen All Rounds 2007 Intermediate Certamen All Rounds
2006 2006 Intermediate Certamen Round 1 2006 Intermediate Certamen Round 2 2006 Intermediate Certamen Finals
2005 2005 Lower Certamen Round 1 2005 Lower Certamen Round 2 2005 Lower Certamen Finals
2004 2004 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 2004 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 2004 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds
2003 2003 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 2003 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 2003 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds
2002 2002 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 2002 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 2002 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds
2001 2001 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 2001 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 2001 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds
2000 2000 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 2000 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 2000 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds
1999 1999 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 1999 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 1999 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds
1998 1998 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 1998 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 1998 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds
1997 1997 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 1997 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 1997 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds
1996 1996 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 1996 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds 1996 Lower Certamen Questions All Rounds

Novice

Year Round 1 Round 2 Finals
2018
2017 2017 Novice Certamen Round 1 2017 Novice Certamen Round 2 2017 Novice Certamen Finals
2016 2016 Novice Certamen Round 1 2016 Novice Certamen Round 2 2016 Novice Certamen Finals
2015 2015 Novice Certamen Round 1 2015 Novice Certamen Round 2 2015 Novice Certamen Finals
2014 2014 Novice Certamen Round 1 2014 Novice Certamen Round 2 2014 Novice Certamen Finals
2013 2013 Novice Certamen Round 1 2013 Novice Certamen Round 2 2013 Novice Certamen Finals
2012 2012 Novice Certamen Round 1 2012 Novice Certamen Round 2 2012 Novice Certamen Finals
2011 2011 Novice Certamen Questions Round 1 2011 Novice Certamen Questions Round 2 2011 Novice Certamen Questions Finals
2010 2010 Novice Certamen Round 1 2010 Novice Certamen Round 2 2010 Novice Certamen Finals
2009 2009 Novice Certamen Round 1 2009 Novice Certamen Round 2 2009 Novice Certamen Finals
2008 2008 Novice Certamen Round 1 2008 Novice Certamen Round 2 2008 Novice Certamen Finals
2007 2007 Novice Certamen All Rounds 2007 Novice Certamen All Rounds 2007 Novice Certamen All Rounds
2006 2006 Novice Certamen Round 1 2006 Novice Certamen Round 2 2006 Novice Certamen Finals
2005 2005 Novice Certamen Round 1 2005 Novice Certamen Finals
2004 2004 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 2004 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 2004 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds
2003 2003 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 2003 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 2003 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds
2002 2002 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 2002 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 2002 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds
2001 2001 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 2001 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 2001 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds
2000 2000 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 2000 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 2000 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds
1999 1999 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 1999 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 1999 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds
1998 1998 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 1998 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 1998 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds
1997 1997 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 1997 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 1997 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds
1996 1996 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 1996 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds 1996 Novice Certamen Questions All Rounds