Stanford Certamen

Sat October 12th 2019, 8:30 - 10:15am
Event Sponsor
Department of Classics
Stanford Campus (multiple locations)
Stanford Certamen

Stanford Certamen takes place Friday, October 11 through Saturday, October 12, 2019. 


Friday, October 11 - Building 110, Room 112
5:45-6:30pm - Dinner and panel discussion with students and faculty
6:45-7:30pm - Lecture by Stanford faculty member

Saturday, October 12
8:30-9:30am - Registration, Building 110, Room 112
9:45am - Opening assembly, Building 200, Room 030 (History Corner)
10:30am-12:30pm - Intermediate Prelim Rounds, Building 110, Rooms 101 and 114
10:30am - Campus Walking Tour, meet outside Building 110, Room 112
12:00-1:00pm - Lunch, Building 110, Room 112
12:30-2:00pm - Advanced Prelim Rounds, Building 200 (History Corner), Rooms 107, 202, 219
12:30pm - Campus Walking Tour, meet outside Building 110, Room 112
2:00-3:00pm - Semi Finals, Building 200 (History Corner), Rooms 107, 202, 219
3:00-4:30pm - Finals, Building 200 (History Corner), Room 030
4:30pm - Awards/Closing assembly, Building 200 (History Corner), Room 030

Registration is required. Attendance is limited to high school certamen teams and their chaperones. 

Apply now! Registration closes September 21st. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOON ON October 4!


Lodging and Food Recommendations

There are many hotels within 10 miles of the Stanford campus. The two closest are:

Westin Palo Alto - (650) 321-4422 

To book: 

Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel  - (650) 328-2800 

To book visit


Food info coming soon!


Study Materials

Rossview Latin - OJCL Study Materials - FJCL Regional Study Guides - Flint Hill School Certamen



Who is eligible to compete in Stanford Certamen?

During our inaugural year, we are prioritizing high school students in the western region of the US. Intermediate and Advanced teams may compete.


How many chaperones does each school need to bring?

Every team/school MUST have 1 adult chaperone for every 10 students. In the case where there are fewer than 10 students, at least 1 adult must still be present. For all chaperone requirements, please visit


Is there a registration fee? 

There is NO tournament registration fee! However, you are responsible for lodging, transportation, Saturday breakfast, and Saturday dinner. We do ask that each school bring a buzzer system unless you do not own one. 


Are Friday events mandatory? 

You are NOT required to attend the Friday events in order to play in Saturday's tournament. Friday's events are just for fun and celebration of the Classics!


How many teams can compete for one school? How many people are allowed on a team? 

Each school may bring up to two teams for each level (two Intermediate teams, two Advanced teams). Each team may only have 4 students playing in a round. However, a team may be composed of up to 6 students. Substitutions can only be made in between rounds. 


What can teams do to prepare for the tournament?

We recommend starting with the Certamen Starter Kit, a six-week comprehensive study plan with corresponding materials made by Mr. Michael Howard, a Latin teacher at Boston Latin School. We will be modeling the level of difficulty of our questions on Yale and Duke Certamen, whose past questions can be found here and here respectively. 


How can I contact Stanford Certamen?

The best way to reach us is to send an email to vkiszka [at] stanford.edusumersao [at], AND linawang [at] Sending your questions to all three means one of us can get back to you ASAP!

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