CBSE Introduces Problem Solving Assessment Curriculum For IX & XI

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) proposes to test quantitative and qualitative reasoning, and language of students. For this, the Board plans to introduce a Problem Solving Assessment (CBSE PSA) for class IX and XI students from the second term of academic session of 2012-13.

This test will be a mandatory test for class IX and XI students, and is most likely to be held in the January–February 2013. The test will contain 60 multiple choice questions (MCQs) carrying 90 marks, to be completed in 90 minutes. The marks scored in CBSE PSA in Class IX will be counted in the IV Formative Assessment, which is 10% of the total assessment of Class IX.

What is CBSE PSA?

The skills which ensure success in higher and professional studies are research and analytical skills, ability to apply basic concepts, solve application based problems in mathematics and science, comprehension of written text and effective communication skills. As per widely acknowledged research, these skills help learners in attaining higher order judgement, problem solving and decision-making skills.

This PSA will be conducted in the respective schools, the question papers and evaluation will be supplied by the Board. The test will comprise of questions from Mathematics and passages from old essays or contemporary fiction for English. These questions will not be culled from the prescribed textbooks.

CBSE PSA will not have a fixed syllabus, nor will separate classes be held to prepare students for it. This test will evaluate three areas – Quantitative Reasoning, Qualitative Reasoning and Language Conventions. The Quantitative segment would test basic mathematical knowledge but would emphasize logical and numerical reasoning. The assessment in Language will contain question that will consider grammatical usage, vocabulary in context and passage completion.

PSA will be conducted to test students’ knowledge of co-curricular activities. Listed below are two books to acquaint you with PSA question pattern.

Crack CBSE-PSA Class 9 (Key Concepts & 10 Practice Papers) by Disha Publications

Since this test would assess students’ ability to process, interpret and utilize information rather than assessing students’ prior subject knowledge, this book perfectly guides students and helps them score in the test. It provides clear insight about the elements of the test. Also, the study material provides theoretical inputs along with practice exercises, which are 10 in number as per the pattern given by CBSE. These practice papers will help the students develop the right temperament for this exam.

Crack CBSE-PSA Class 11 (Key Concepts & 10 Practice Papers) by Disha Publications

This book includes key concepts and 10 practice papers and guidelines that will help the students score well in the test. The book takes into consideration all the elements of the test – Qualitative and Quantitative Reasoning, and Language. The 10 practice papers will help the students understand the pattern and method of the exam. The detailed solutions for these practice tests have been provided at the end of the book.

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