Testing Time for CBSE Students

The students of CBSE- affiliated schools will have to perform well in all important tests right from the 9th class, so that they can get a good grade when they pass out of 10th class.

They should excel in all term tests conducted by their respective schools in 9th as well as 10th classes, as the board will consider and include these scores while issuing the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) certificate as part of a newly – introduced system.

The year – end examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for 10th class will no longer be the sole criterion for assessing a student’s performance.

In the backdrop of the CBSE ushering in examination reforms, the summative assessment (10th class year – end test) would constitute just 20 per cent of the final assessment, based on which a student is awarded marks and grade.

The remaining 80 per cent of assessment is made on the basis of student’s performance in all relevant internal examinations conducted by the school and also the final test conducted by the CBSE.

CBSE Chairman Vineet Joshi and Controller of Examinations M.C. Sharma recently sent circulars explaining the procedure to the affiliated schools in the city.

Throwing more light on the reforms, V.P. Siddhartha Public School Principal Col. C.V. Ramanaiah says that students have to be alert and more focussed right from the first formative assessment (FA1) test conducted in the first term of the 9th class, so that they will be able to get good grades in the comprehensive assessment at the end of 10th class.

In all, 12 assessment tests will be taken into consideration as part of the CCE and grade system introduced by the CBSE from 2009 – 10 academic year.

Of these tests, the board conducts only one test – summative assessment – 2 – towards the end of 10th class.

In the schools offering courses up to +2, it is again the school that conducts this test.

Under the CCE, an academic year is divided into two terms and each term will have two formative assessment (FA) tests and one summative assessment test.

Each FA test carries 10 per cent marks while the two SA tests conducted at the end of first term and second term will carry 20 per cent and 40 per cent marks, respectively.

Except the SA- 2 test conducted at the end of 10th class, all the three other SA tests in the first terms of 9th class and 10th class will be conducted based on the papers sent by the board while the evaluation will be done internally.

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