CBSE has decided to postpone the Optional Proficiency Test for the Class X students which was scheduled to begin from April 14 and end on April 18. The decision was taken on the plight that a few national holidays were coinciding with the exams: April 14 is Ambedkar Jayanti and April 18 is Good Friday. According to the new schedule, the exams will begin from April 21 and end on April 25.
The Optional Proficiency Test has set benchmark for the student’s understanding of the subject with its syllabus based on Class IX and X; consisting of Concept-based Application Questions. This method will help students judge their understanding of the subject in comparison with students of other schools.
The result also reflects the schools stand and acts as a feedback for their improvement. Students who appear for the test receive certificates and percentile ranks from CBSE. Regional Officer of CBSE R J Khanderao said, "We changed the dates as we wanted to keep the date-sheet in continuation."
Mrs. Rakesh Sachdeva, a CBSE counsellor, said, "This test helps students decide which field they want to choose and tells them where they stand. The test is based on Class IX and Class X syllabus and focuses on skills, abilities and understanding-based questions."
She also added, "The date-sheet is now set according to convenience, as it doesn't have any holidays in between."