The broad objectives of the optional proficiency 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.
The proficiency test will be conducted in all the five main subjects studied by a student in Std X. 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.
The board has fixed a time duration of 2.5 hours for each paper and it will in multiple choice question format. There will be negative marking hence students are advised to attempt only those questions for which they are sure. Question paper in every subject will carry 100 marks and 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 analyse a given situation or an unfamiliar everyday life problem. Every student appearing for the exam will be given a certificate by CBSE mentioning the percentile score.
Applications for the exam can be submitted till the end of December. However, they have to be compulsorily routed through schools. The fee has to paid by students and schools will provide information on the various modes of payment and the exact amount.
Day Date Subject
Monday April 14English
Tuesday April 15 Mathematics
Wednesday April 16Science
Thursday April 17Social Science
Friday April 18Hindi