By 3rd week of December the CBSE schools would be receiving the question papers of Problem Solving Assessment (PSA), as informed by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
The PSA which is applicable to students of Class IX and XI is scheduled for January 18 from 10am to 12 noon.
"Schools are requested to verify if any bilingual question paper is also needed to be sent i.e. Hindi & English, for the candidate(s) opting Hindi medium. The above statement is to be confirmed by each school online," as stated by a circular issued by the board.
PSA was an optional test earlier, which the students took to measure their qualitative and quantitative skills. From January 2014 onwards this test will be mandatory and the marks scored will be considered in marking scheme of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system for standard IX in its developmental evaluation. The XI students will be given a certificate bearing the students' scores as CCE pattern is not applicable to them.
The scores will be reflected in one language (English/ Hindi), Science, Mathematics and Social Science; and it is important for the students of class IX to note the same.
The board has considered the number of enrolment data sent by schools and hence, the students are no longer required to register separately. The test will be in multiple choice questions (MCQ) format. The number of question papers that will be sent to schools will be based on the number of registered students. The booklet will include a special OMR (Optical mark recognition) answer sheet.
Class XI students will have a common question paper, regardless of what stream (Science, Commerce etc) the student has opted for, as clarified by the board. The notification added, "There will be a single question paper covering qualitative reasoning, quantitative reasoning and language conventions."