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CBSE Proficiency Test 2012 will be conducted in July 2012 for class 10. This test is optional and students appearing in class 10 exam this year are eligible to take the test.
You are aware that the Board conducted the first Optional Proficiency Test in the subject of English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science and Social Science for Class-X students in the month of July, 2011 as a part of ongoing examination reforms. Taking into consideration the interest and enthusiasm on the part of large number of affiliated schools, it has again been decided to conduct a similar optional test for Class-X students appearing in March,2012 examination. The broad objectives of the proposed test include benchmarking of skills and higher mental abilities of students, providing motivation to students for academic excellence in the respective subjects, providing feedback to schools on levels of learning of their students and setting goals, priorities and targets in their future educational plans.
What is 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 internalized the related concepts and principles. Such a test in language e.g may assess a student’s skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking or vocabulary. Similarly a test in Science may focus on assessing students’ abilities to apply concepts and principles to analyze 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, synthesizing, creating, composing, deducing, justifying and judging/evaluating.
Salient Features of the Test
It is optional in nature. Only those students who wish to take this test willingly may appear.
It will be conducted in the month of July, 2012 as per the following schedule.
9th July, 2012
10th July, 2012
11th July, 2012
12th July, 2012
13th July, 2012
It will be conducted in all the five main subjects studied by a student in class-X. However, a student may appear in one or more subjects depending upon his/her choice.
There will be a separate test in every subject one test will be held on a single day.
It will be a paper-pen test to be administered on the same day across all willing schools in the country.
Students wishing to appear in the test will be required to pay separate examination fee for the same.
The amount of fee to be paid by a student is as under:
One subject = Rs. Three hundred only
Two subjects =Rs. Four hundred only
Three subjects = Rs. Five hundred only
Four or five subjects = Rs. Six hundred only
The registration fee has to be submitted in the form of a Demand Draft in favour of Secretary CBSE, Delhi payable at Delhi.
Any student studying in secondary or senior secondary school affiliated to CBSE and appearing in March, 2012 final examination (School conducted or Board Conducted) is eligible to appear in this test.
Every student appearing in the test will be issued a certificate by the Board indicating percentile rank.
Format of the Question Paper
All questions will be of multiple choice type with only single correct answer. A student will be required to mark the answers on a given OMR sheet.
Question paper in every subject will carry 100 marks.
The duration of the test in every subject will be 2½ hours.
The test will be based on classes IX-X syllabus in the subject prescribed by CBSE
The questions included in the question paper will be of varying difficulty level.
The typology of questions will be different from the type of questions asked in conventional final examination conducted by the Board at the end of Class-X. The test will not include any direct recall, information-based or memory –based questions. It will only include questions to assess students’ skills and abilities to apply understanding of concepts to analyze a given situation or an unfamiliar everyday life problem.
Negative marks will be awarded for wrong answers. More than one answer indicated against a question will also be deemed as incorrect response and will be negatively marked.
The willing schools are required to submit the related information to the Board through online filling up of the registration form available on CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in.
Procedure for online submission of List of candidates shall be available on the website shortly. The last date for submitting the online information is 14th April, 2012.
The print out of filled in online registration form (Hard copy) duly signed and attested by the Principal of the school alongwith the registration fee in the form of a draft in favour of Secretary CBSE, Delhi payable at Delhi, may be submitted to the Director (Academic), Central Board of Secondary Education, 17 Rouse Avenue, New Delhi-110 002 by 30th April, 2012.
The following salient points for taking the tests may be taken note of:
- Only those students are allowed to take the proposed test (s) that have applied through the schools and paid requisite fee.
- A student will have to appear from the same city/place where his/her school is located. .The examination will be conducted only at pre-decided centres as per Class-X Board examination.
- The timings of the test will be from 10.30 A.M. to 1.00 P.M. in every subject