Starting with the Fall term of 2016, JAMS students will be taking the League for Soroban Education in America Examinations. This will replace our in-house exam and will be given to Advanced, Pre-Advanced and Intermediate students. The exam will be administered from November 29 through December 2, 2016.

We’ve made this decision because it offers a couple of key benefits over the in-house exam we used in the past.

  • It is a more formally administered exam, which will prepare students for that experience as they progress through school and in other areas and activities that require formal exams.
  • The League provides a certificate for students successfully completing the exam. This is important as students begin the process of moving to (certain) high schools and colleges hold more and more weight to activities outside of school, as well as job applications and interviews.

It is very important for students to study, practice and prepare for these exams. As mentioned above, certificates are awarded to students who pass the exam, so preparation is key. The exam fees are dependent on the student’s level and which exams they will take.


Intermediate: $36-40
Pre-Advanced: $40-42
Advanced: $44
Dan: $60

Nothing fuels the fire for math than discovering you can be a math genius! If you’re not sure Abacus will help your child, sign up for a free preview of our online Abacus Classes – there’s no obligation to register! Come meet with us, watch some kids in action, calculating at the speed of light! We guarantee you will have fun watching these little geniuses.




JAMS is proud to be the only Abacus math school in Portland and in the State of Oregon certified by the League of Soroban of Americas. Since 2001, we have dedicated to Abacus & Anzan instruction and to building a strong foundation of Mental Mathematics along with lifelong skills. JAMS empowers children to achieve academic success, so they will grow in areas that go well beyond the classroom. JAMS parents can expect their child to improve in 5 different areas: concentration, discipline, problem-solving, time management, and confidence. This is the teaching approach at JAMS since opening its doors.