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Problem Solving Assessment Exam Pattern

  
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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has started "Problem Solving Assessment" (CBSE- PSA) for students of Classes IX and XI from the second term of session 2012-13. Problem Solving Assessment test (PSA) has been especially made to analyze the problem solving and decision making skills of students.

PSA highlights student’s research and analytical skills, ability to apply basic concepts of different subjects, solving problems based on applications in mathematics and science, comprehension and analysis of written text and effective communication potential.

Connection of CBSE PSA and FA4

  • In CBSE there used to be four formative assessments (FA) to analyze teacher – student classroom learning experience. The fourth assessment included multiple choice questions, projects and unit test. But now this PSA has replaced the fourth FA.
  • For 9th class students the marks of PSA will be counted towards FA 4 which is 10% of total assessment. This score will be reflected equally in one language (English or Hindi), Mathematics, Science and Social Science.

Facts related to CBSE PSA

  • It is mandatory for all students of Class IX and Class XI to appear in Problem Solving Assessment (PSA).
  • It is conducted once in a year usually in January except for schools falling in winter bound areas. For these schools the tests are conducted in the month of October.
  • The marks obtained in CBSE PSA of class 9th are carried forward to class 10th
  • The student who is absent on the date of conduct of PSA in class IX may appear in class X along with Improvement candidates.
  • Incase if students wish to improve their PSA scores then the 10th class students can also sit with 11th class students and reappear for the test.
  • Separate certificate is given for CBSE PSA only after class 11th PSA
  • It is interesting to note that the best score of the two attempts is considered in the final certificate.
  • The CBSE PSA result usually comes in the month of May, which is directly sent to the respective schools in India and overseas through their email Id’s.

Note: CBSE PSA for class 9th and 11th has a subtle difference. The difference lies in the level of difficulty question paper.                                                          

 The assessment of PSA :

  • Helps average students also to explore their own skills and decide the different areas where they best befit
  • Stirs Creative thinking, Decision making, Critical thinking, Problem solving, and Communication skills
  • Improves the generic and higher order thinking skills 
  • Ensures success for students in higher studies as well as in professional field
  • Tests a student’s knowledge on co-scholastic situations
  • Assists in assessing students’ ability to process, interpret and use information rather than merely assessing students’ prior subject matter knowledge.
  • Exam format is based on multiple choice questions, which helps students to get an idea of how to deal with various other competitive examinations.

Pattern of CBSE Problem Solving Assessment

There is no specific syllabus for CBSE `Problem Solving Assessment’. It will assess the Life Skills relating to following areas:-

  • Quantitative Reasoning: It includes the reasoning seen in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • Qualitative Reasoning: It includes the kinds of reasoning found in Mathematics and Science
  • Language Conventions: It includes different aspects of written communication (e.g. grammar, vocabulary etc.)

The exam pattern for CBSE PSA for class 9th and 11th are same. The total number of questions is 60 with maximum marks 90 and duration of test is 2 hours. Each question carries 1.5 Marks and there is no negative marking in the question paper.

Text Content Domain/Item Type No. of Items Sub-Total

Qualitative Reasoning

Stand Alone MCQs

Passage Based MCQs Set #1

Passage Based MCQs Set #2

 

6

6

6

 

 

18

Quantitative Reasoning

Stand Alone MCQs

Passage Based MCQs Set #1

Passage Based MCQs Set #2

 

10

4

4

 

 

18

Language Conventions

Grammar and Usage MCQs

Vocabulary in Context Based MCQs

Passage Completion Based MCQs

 

8

8

8

 

 

24

To get the real feel of CBSE PSA for both class 9th and 11th visit MyCareerLift.com for offline and online test series.

 

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