CBSE PSA – Problem Solving Assessment
Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) 2015
The main factor that CBSE aims to access through the PSA Exam is life skills, i.e. those skills which are acquired through direct experience, and are used in daily life to deal with and manage various personal problems and questions. There is no defined list of these life skills and they can be said to include psychosocial skills, interpersonal skills, thinking skills etc.
CBSE, through this test aims to reduce the pressure on the overall assessment of a child purely academic grounds and shift the focus more towards Formative Assessments, as in Class IX and X, it will count towards FA-4. The PSA score will be reflected in one language (English or Hindi), Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Since there is no CCE for Class XII students, students of Class Xi will get a certificate with the score obtained in the PSA test.
PSA is objective Test, having Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). Thus it will also help students get an idea of how to deal with various other competitive examinations. CBSE has not declared any specific syllabus for the PSA Exam. However they have broadly outlined the three key domains on which the questions are based. The focus on assessing a child’s life skills related to Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning, Qualitative Reasoning and Language Conversion. These three domains are given HERE
Salient features of CBSE PSA will be as follows:
- It will be compulsory for all students of classes IX and XI.
- It will comprise of 60 items of MCQ type and will carry 60 marks.
- The examination will be held from 10.00 AM to 12.00 Noon.
- The items will incorporate assessment of 21st Century skills such as Creative Thinking, Decision-making, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Communication skills that lead to greater success at higher education as well as real life situations. These items will be assessing students’ ability to process, interpret and use information rather than merely assessing students’ prior subject knowledge.
- The assessment in language will contain items that will assess grammar, usage, vocabulary in context and passage-completion.
- The items will be prepared in Hindi as well as English.
- PSA score will be counted towards FA4 which is 10% of total assessments for class-IX. This score will be reflected equally in one language (English or Hindi), Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Class-XI students will be issued a separate certificate for the same.
- All those students of classes X and XII (who appeared in PSA while studying in classes IX and XI during the previous session) who wish to improve in PSA may be allowed to do so. Related information may be indicated clearly at the time of submission of the List of Candidates for 2014 annual examination.
- There will be no separate registration for appearing in PSA.