The Board (CBSE) is planning to initiate a `Problem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE- PSA) for students of Classes IX and XI from the second term of this session 2012-13.
The features of the `Problem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE-PSA) will be as
1. It will be compulsory for all students of Classes IX and XI and carry 90
marks. There will be 60 items of MCQ type.
2. There is no specific syllabus for `Problem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE-PSA).
It will assess the following areas:-
3. The items will incorporate aspects of 21st Century Skills (Creative Thinking,
Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Communication) that lead
to success at Secondary Stage. They would be assessing student’s ability to
process, interpret and use information rather than assessing student’s prior subject
4. The Assessment in language will contain items that will assess grammar, usage,
vocabulary in context and passage-completion.
5. The items in Problem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE-PSA)will be designed in such a
way so as to improve the generic and higher order thinking skills. This will also result
in improving scores within the core school subjects.
6. All items will be prepared in Hindi and English.
7. The `Problem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE-PSA) will be held on 14 February 2013
(Thursday) from 10.00 AM to 11.30 AM
8. The `Problem Solving Assessment’ (CBSE-PSA) will be counted towards FA-4
which is 10% of total assessments of Class IX. This assessment will also be carried
forward towards the FA-4 in Class X.This score will be reflected in one Language
(English or Hindi), Mathematics, Science and Social Science w.e.f the session 2012-
2013 for Class IX and 2013 – 14 for Class X. The same score will be reflected in FA-
4 for class IX and Class X.
9. The students will have the option to improve their PSA Score in Class X, as they
can sit for the test with Class IX students of the Session 2013-2014 in January –
February 2014. The best scores will be reflected in the final certificate in case of
those applying for improvement.
Problem Solving Assessment (PSA)
10. Three parts of the paper will include
Quantitative reasoning : which includes the reasoning seen in the Humanities, Arts
and Social Sciences
Qualitative reasoning : which includes the kinds of reasoning found in Mathematics
Language Conventions: which includes different aspects of written communication
(e.g. grammar, vocabulary etc.)
11. The Class XI students will get a certificate on the `Problem Solving Assessment’
12. No separate registration for PSA is required. Students already registered
for class IX and XI with the Board are eligible for this test and will use
same registration number for PSA. There is no separate roll number required for
13. There will be a single question paper covering qualitative reasoning, quantitative
reasoning and language conventions as per the details given in the earlier circulars.
The OMR answer sheet to be used for answering the questions will be kept inside
the question paper booklet.
14. Sample question paper for PSA will be made available on Board’s website by
last week of November, 2012. You may download this material.
The information is available on CBSE's official Website.
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