The Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE) is conducting the optional proficiency test for Class 10 students in April 2014. The test is aimed at benchmarking of skills and higher mental abilities of students and motivating students for academic excellence in the respective subjects.
The board has asked the schools to submit the related information by filling up the registration form online, available on CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in.
The schools can send the details of willing candidates from December 3 till December 31, 2013.
The print out of the filled registration form (hard copy) duly signed and attested by the principal of the school, along with the registration fee in the form of a draft in favour of 'secretary, CBSE, Delhi' payable at Delhi, may be submitted to Ram Shankar, assistant professor and joint director (A&V), CBSE, 17 Rouse Avenue, New Delhi, by January 15, 2014.
The test is optional in nature and students wishing to appear in the test will be required to pay the fee for the same. The fee for one subject is `300, two subjects `400, three subjects `500 and four or five subjects Rs. 600.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Mona Singh, principal of Guru Nanak Public School, Sarabha Nagar, said, “No student from our school is interested in giving this proficiency test as the timings are wrong. The test is scheduled in April and by that time the students are already in Class 11. So, if the board wants to receive a good response from students they must conduct this test before April."
Pradeep Singh, principal of Shamrock Christian Senior Secondary School, Hambran, said, “We have received the instructions from the board and will inform the students and details of the willing students will be sent to the board accordingly.”
What's a proficiency test?
A proficiency test measures an individual's abilities and skills in a domain or subject to know how well he/she has learned, understood and internalised the related concepts and principles.
Such a test in language e.g. may assess a student's skills in reading, writing or vocabulary.
Similarly a test in science may focus on assessing students' abilities to apply concepts and principles to analyse a given situation, solve a given problem and conduct practical work efficiently. A test in mathematics may similarly assess problem solving abilities and skills of mathematical thinking, mathematical reasoning and procedural techniques followed by students.
Thus, the proposed proficiency test will mainly focus on assessing students' abilities and skills to apply knowledge and understanding of any subject to new and unfamiliar everyday life situations.
The core testing element of such a test will include observing, comparing, classifying, solving, translating, interpreting, analyzing, synthesising, creating, composing, deducing, justifying and judging/evaluating.
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