CBSE To Introduce Modified Open-Book Test for Boards

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CBSE has decided to introduce the ‘open book exam’ concept for its board exams (Std X, XII) from academic session 2013-14. The new system is supposed to test “higher order thinking skills” (HOTS) of students rather than their current reliance on a rote-based methodology. The test is not literally to be an “open-book” but it will be called “Pre-Announced Test” (PAT) and will be applicable for all Std X subjects and some major ones of Std XII.

A formal announcement with complete details regarding the new system is expected to be made in December this year. The HRD ministry had initiated the process and a reforms committee was constituted to look into the concept.

“Today, what matters on exam day is how well a student is able to recall what he has learned. PAT will force a change of approach. Students will not be able to depend on guides,” a school principal said while welcoming the introduction of the concept.

Complete Report : TOI

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