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Problem solving assessment at CBSE

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Kochi, Nov 28,2012: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to introduce Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) for IX and XI Classes from this year itself. It is with an aim to assess the life skills of students relating to the areas of ‘quantitative reasoning’, ‘qualitative reasoning’ and ‘language conventions’.

Quantitative reasoning relates to reasoning seen in the humanities, arts and social sciences while qualitative reasoning includes the kind of reasoning found in mathematics and science. Language conventions relates to different aspects of written communication (e.g. grammar, vocabulary etc.).

The PSA will be counted towards Formative Assessment (FA)-4, which is 10 percent 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 from this academic year for Class IX and 2013–14 for Class X, according to CBSE officials.

The students will have the option to improve their PSA score in Class X. The best scores will be reflected in the final certificate in case of those applying for improvement. In Class XI, the students will get a certificate on the `Problem Solving Assessment’ by July, 2013. The question paper will be supplied by the CBSE.

There will be 60 items of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) in the three divisions of quantitative reasoning, qualitative reasoning and language conventions which carry 90 marks. The examination shall be held on February 14, 2013 from 10.00 am to 11.30 am.

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