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Problem Solving Assessment Class 11th


Introduction

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in a bid to test the quantitative and qualitative reasoning of students, introduced a compulsory 'problem solving assessment' (CBSE-PSA) for class 9th and 11th students from the second term of the 2012-13 academic session.

Syllabus: Although there is no specific syllabus for CBSE-PSA, the test aims to assess the students in their quantitative and qualitative reasoning and language conventions. The questions asked in the test will incorporate aspects like creative-thinking, decision-making, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication to improve the generic and higher order thinking skills. The test will also assess students' language skills like grammar, usage, vocabulary in context and passage-completion. 

Scoring: While students of class 11th will get a certificate on CBSE-PSA, for class 9th students, CBSE-PSA will be counted towards final assessment (FA), which is 10% of total assessments of class 9th. This assessment will also be carried forward towards the FA in class 10th. This score will be reflected in one language (English or Hindi), maths, science and social science. 

Improvement: The students will also have the option to improve their PSA score in class 10th, as they can take the test with class9th students of the session. The best scores will be reflected in the final certificate in case of those applying for improvement. 

Registration: The examination shall be conducted in the school and the Candidates shall appear against their Registration No. issued earlier.

The need for PSA?

It is a widely acknowledged fact that research and analytical skills, ability to apply basic concepts of different subjects, solve application-based problems in mathematics and science, comprehend and analyse written text and effective communication are the skills, which ensure success in higher studies and professional areas.

These skills are quite hard to be developed through the regular examination process that involved the basic subject knowledge. With this view, the CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi, focussed on nurturing these dimensions of 21st century life-skills into the students right from their secondary education through the PSA exam.

PSA- 2015 (Class 11th)

 Exam Pattern:    

      

Test

Duration

Timing

Date

Question Detail

Maximum Marks

PSA class 9th

2 Hours

10:00 to 12:00

20thNovember,2014

60 MCQs

60

 

 

Section

Number of questions 

Total number of questions

A: Language Conventions

1. Grammar & Usage MCQs
2. Vocabulary in Context based MCQs
3. Passage completion based MCQs



8
8
8



24

B: Qualitative Reasoning

1. Stand-alone MCQs  
2. Passage based MCQ Set #1 
3. Passage based MCQ Set #2 

 

6
6
6



18

C: Quantitative Reasoning 

1. Stand-alone MCQs
2. Passage based MCQs Set #1
3. Passage based MCQs Set #2



10
4
4



18

 

Important Links:   

Pioneer's CBSE PSA Mock Test Papers 2014-2015

 


Problem Solving Assessment for 11th Class
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