CBSE is carrying out a Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) examination for IX and XI standards from 10 am to 12 noon on 20th November 2014. The Problem Solving Assessment examination came into process last year as a paper pen based exam to assess critical thinking, verbal communication, analytical reasoning, decision making skills and creative thinking amongst the students.
In this academic session, the question paper of Problem Solving Assessment by CBSE will have 60 multiple choice questions & will be of a total of 60 marks in place of 90 marks which was the total score of the last year examination. The examination will be conducted in Hindi or English. The paper will have 3 sections:
- Language Conventions
- Qualitative Reasoning
- Quantitative Reasoning
Language Conventions section carries questions of Grammar & Usage, Passage Completion and Vocabulary in Context.
Qualitative Reasoning carries questions on Generic Thinking Skills like patterns, coding - decoding etc; & MCQs based on passage to assess Higher Order Thinking Skills.
Quantitative Reasoning carries questions on Basic Mathematical Concepts & Practices, and MCQs based on passage that will be based on advances of Science and Technology & other areas of interest.
As per the Central Board of Secondary Education, this PSA examination is mandatory for all students of Class IX & Class XI. The students of class X & XII who aspire to emerge for the PSA examination so as to perk up their last year score are also allowed to do so. The score of Problem Solving Assessment will be counted towards FA4 assessment for Class IX students. For the students of class XI, the board will issue a separate certificate for the PSA examination.