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On Valentine’s Day next year, a surprise test of the academic kind awaits Central Board of Secondary Education students of Std. IX and XI.
The Problem Solving Areas (PSA) test is a surprise because there is no syllabus for it. The test is mandatory and test scores will reflect in any one of the subjects.
The details will be announced soon, according to CBSE officials. CBSE controller of exams M. C. Sharma said the PSA test will assess 21st-century skills like creative thinking, decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, and communication. The board is conducting this exam to gauge a students’ ability to process, interpret and use information rather than assess his/her knowledge about the subject matter.
ACBSE circular says the test will determine students’ life skills in the following domains: quantitative (reasoning in humanities, arts and social sciences), qualitative (reasoning in Mathematics and Science) and language conventions (different aspects of written communication like grammar, vocabulary etc).So, how will the test help students the board says it will improve the generic and higher-order thinking skills besides enhancing scores in the core school subjects. The test will be in the format of multiple choice questions and must be answered on OMR sheets.The CBSE has clarified that there will be no separate registration for PSA test. The board will prepare question paper and send it to schools a week before the test. The students will be given a separate certificate for the scores obtained in PSA.
Courtesy: Times of India
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