For the first time this year, 75,000 students from CBSE schools across the country will appear for the board’s inaugural proficiency test for Class 10 students.
The optional test will be held in July, board officials said. The CBSE introduced the test this year as part of its ongoing examination reforms.
The tests will begin with Maths on July 4, followed by Hindi, Science, Social Studies and English, on the following days.
“Some of our students signed up for the test because they wanted to see where they stand since there was no board exam this year,” said Avnita Bir, principal of RN Podar School in Santacruz. “It will be a good test to give them an insight into their abilities.”
“This is more of a challenging optional test for students and it has nothing to do with admissions or the board exams,” said Rama Sharma, public relations officer for the CBSE.
The board will issue certificates to all those who write the test. The results will be announced on the basis of percentiles for each of the five subjects and the ranks will be reflected in the certificates that students will receive.
The board has not yet said when it will be ready with the results.
A circular issued last September had previously stated that “the proposed proficiency test is being conducted with the broad objective of acting as a benchmark in testing the skills and higher mental abilities of students” and “providing feedback to students and parents on how well students have achieved the desired learning objectives”.
Students will be tested on Class 9 and 10 syllabi and questions will be in the multiple-choice format. They can take as many tests as they wish to.