Schedule For Optional Proficiency Test For Class X CBSE Students Announced

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Schedule for proficiency tests for class X CBSE students Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Tuesday announced the schedule for optional proficiency tests for class X students to be held in April 2013 for the students who are appearing for their annual exams in March 2013. The optional proficiency tests, conducted in all the five main subjects of English, Hindi, mathematics, social science and science shall be held between 8th April 2013, starting with English and in same succession as given until 12th April 2013. The last date for submitting online application is November 30, 2012.

It is optional in nature and only those students who wish to take this test willingly may appear. Although the test will be conducted in all the five main subjects studied by a student in class-X, a student may appear in one or more subjects depending upon his/ her choice. It will be a paper-pen test to be administered on the same day across all willing schools in the country.

Any student studying in class X in a secondary or senior secondary school affiliated to CBSE and appearing in March 2013 final examination (school conducted or board conducted) is eligible to appear in this test. Every student appearing in the test will be issued a certificate by CBSE indicating percentile rank.

The typology of questions will be different from the type of questions asked in conventional final examination conducted by the board at the end of class X. The test will not include any direct recall, information-based or memory -based questions. It will only include questions to assess students’ skills and abilities to apply understanding of concepts to analyse a given situation or an unfamiliar everyday life problem. Negative marks will be awarded for wrong answers.

All questions will be of multiple-choice type with only single correct answer. A student will be required to mark the answers on a given OMR sheet. Question paper in every subject will carry 100 marks. The duration of the test in every subject will be 150 minutes. The test will be based on classes IX-X syllabus in the subject prescribed by CBSE. The questions included in the question paper will be of varying difficulty level.

The core-testing element of such a test will include observing, comparing, classifying, solving, translating, interpreting, analysing, synthesising, creating, composing, deducing, justifying and judging/evaluating.

The proficiency test will measure an individual’s abilities and skills in a domain or subject to know how well he/ she has learned, understood and internalised the related concepts and principles. Such a test in language for example may assess a student’s skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking or vocabulary. Similarly a test in science may focus on assessing students’ abilities to apply concepts and principles to analyse a given situation, solve a given problem and conduct practical work efficiently.

A test in mathematics may, similarly, assess problem solving abilities and skills of mathematical thinking, mathematical reasoning and procedural techniques followed by students. Thus, the proposed proficiency test will mainly focus on assessing students’ abilities and skills to apply knowledge and understanding of the respective subject to new and unfamiliar everyday life situations .

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