About Certamen Certamen is a game of fast recall of facts about classical civilizations and its peoples, languages, and cultures. The matches are supposed to be fun, competitive, and informative. There are two types of Certamen contests for NJCL students at Convention, Open Certamen and Competitive Certamen.
Open Certamen provides an opportunity for students to engage in FRIENDLY competition.The designated purpose of open Certamen is to allow those delegates without much previous practice the chance to participate in Certamen on a fun level without the pressure of Competitve Certamen.
Competitive Certamen is for those students who wish to play Certamen on a competitive level. These students must be cleared to play by their state/providential chairs. The three divisions of NJCL Competitive Certamen are Novice, Intermediate, Advanced.
Additionally the World Series of Certamen (WSOC) is available for teachers and those who have graduated. While it does tend to be competitive, it is meant for fun and entertainment.
Here are some important links for Certamen practice: