The National California Certamen team placed 3rd in HS-Adv Certamen at UNLV 2013.Salvete, and welcome to Certamen!

Certamen is the Latin version of Jeopardy - and like everything Latin, much better than its non-Latin counterpart. 

In a typical Certamen round there are 20 toss-up questions, each followed by 2 bonus questions. Certamen questions range from the goofy ("Translate this hit song title into English") to the hard-core ("Who was the defendant in Cicero's famous oration given on April 4, 56 BC?"). The final rounds of Certamen are the highlights of State and National Conventions.

Not only does Certamen work your brain and thumbs like no other sport, but it also gives you a much deeper insight into both the Latin language and culture than you would ever get in a high school class. The skills and knowledge acquired from Certamen translate directly into your Latin class (obviously), and also into other high school classes and even into college - one can never have too much understanding of Latin derivatives or Roman culture! Maybe one day you'll make it to National Certamen, just as the California HS-Adv team did at the 2013 NJCL Convention at UN:Las Vegas to win 3rd place.

(If you're interested in starting a Certamen team at your school, contact Brian Briggs, CJCL Certamen Chair [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ] for details and help on how to get started. It's a decision you won't regret!)

Check out the important Certamen rules and some useful resources listed below. Happy Certamening!

Please contact Brian Briggs (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions


March 18, 2017
10 AM to 1 PM
Acalanes Adult Education Center
1963 Tice Valley Blvd
Walnut Creek, CA 9459
Loyola High School
1901 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Click here (.pdf) to check out the Certamen rules!

Click here (.pdf) for some Certamen sources to aid in your study.

Click here (.pdf) for the guidelines by level of study and genre of question.

Looking for the questions from the World Series of Certamen? Click here (.doc) for the questions and here (.pdf) for the visual aid.

* State Certamen Guidelines

Registration: https://n343.fmphost.com/fmi/webd#CJCL%20Database


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