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No need to write answers verbatim

delhi Updated: Feb 21, 2013 01:12 IST

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As students assess their preparation of the past year and gear up for the forthcoming board examinations, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) provides tips on last-minute revision and the best way to answer the paper.

Student: Now that the board exams are around the corner, I was wondering what is the best way to tackle last minute revisions. What is the best strategy and timetable to follow?

CBSE: With the examinations around the corner, we sincerely advise you to relax. Since you have been preparing for your examination throughout the year, there is no cause to worry. Work on a timetable so that you get enough time to revise all subjects in a balanced manner and also monitor your progress. This approach will boost your confidence and reduce any pre-exam stress. Make sure you take short breaks.

Student: I am a class 12 student and I want to know if it is necessary to write the answers exactly as they are written in the English text books to get good marks.

CBSE: No, it is not necessary to write the answers exactly as given in the book.You should write the relevant answers in your own sentences. Write short simple sentences, without repetition. Use appropriate punctuation marks. Before writing the answer, decide the points that you are going to write in the answer. This strategy will fetch you good marks, provided what you write is correct.

Student: I have a question related to the value-based questions. Since every person has different values and there is a lot of subjectivity, on what basis will the examiner award marks for these questions?

CBSE:Value-based questions tend to be open-ended and do carry an element of subjectivity. For their assessment, Marking Scheme will be comprehensive enough to cover all possible relevant and logical answers.

Student: I am in class 12 and I am confused about continuing with my tuition classes. We have completed the syllabus in tuitions and we are attempting questions these days. I lose 30 minutes in commuting every day. Should I continue?

CBSE: It is advisable at this stage to do self study with concentration. Follow a timetable. Make notes while doing revisions. You may attempt questions given in the NCERT or some standard books. You may also attempt questions included in sample question papers and in the previous years’ question papers uploaded on the CBSE website <> .

Student: I wanted to know whether or not a student will be given marks in a mathematics exam if she has arrived at the correct answer, without using the same method as prescribed in the marking scheme?

CBSE: There can be more than one method of arriving at the correct solution of a question. Though the steps of solution given in the Marking Scheme have weightage, any alternate scientifically correct solution is given full credit.