There’s more to education than just textbook-learning. Students studying at Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) schools will now be tested for problem-solving abilities from this year.
From this year, the CBSE board has introduced problem-solving assessment which will include questions beyond the textbook, and spur students to put on their thinking caps.
The board decided to test students for such abilities following complaints from schools that students lag behind in communication and problem-solving abilities. There is no specific syllabus for the test, but it will assess skills relating to qualitative reasoning, quantitative reasoning and language conventions.
It will include qualitative reasoning seen in humanities, arts and social sciences, while quantitative reasoning will look at mathematical and scientific skills. Also, language conventions will test vocabulary, grammar and written communication.
Students will have to crack 60 Multiple choice questions carrying 90 marks.
The tests will carry 10% of the total assessment of Class 9. The scores will be reflected in the language paper, mathematics, science and social science.
The first such assessment is scheduled for February 14, 2013. According to a circular issued by the board and which has been put up on the its website, appearing for these tests will be mandatory.
A senior CBSE official said, “The Problem Solving Assessment’ will be designed such that it improves generic and thinking skills. It will also result in improving scores within core school subjects.”