Problem Solving Assessment (PSA) Class XI 2012-2013

Dear Parents,

This is with reference to the CBSE Circular No.Acad-087/2012 dated 6th November 2012 related to Problem Solving Assessment for class XI. It is mandatory for all the students of class XI to appear for this assessment to be held on Saturday 16-February-2013 in the school premises from 10 am to 12 noon. The Salient features of the scheme are :

  1. It is mandatory for all students of Class XI to appear in Problem Solving Assessment (PSA).
  2. There is no specific syllabus for `Problem Solving Assessment’. It will assess the Life Skills relating to following areas:
    • Quantitative Reasoning
    • Qualitative Reasoning
    • Language Conventions
  3. The Life Skills shall be assessed within the following domains:
    • Quantitative: which includes the reasoning seen in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
    • Qualitative: which includes the kinds of reasoning found in Mathematics and Science
    • Language Conventions: which includes different aspects of written communication (e.g. grammar, vocabulary etc)
  4. There will be 60 items of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and carry 90 marks. Distribution of 60 items shall be as follows:
    Test Context Domain/ Item Type No of Items Sub-Total
    Qualitative Reasoning:
    Stand alone MCQs 6 18
    Passage based MCQ Set #1 6
    Passage based MCQ Set #2 6
    Quantitative Reasoning:
    Stand alone MCQs 10 18
    Passage based MCQ Set #1 4
    Passage based MCQ Set #2 4
    Language Conventions:
    Grammar & Usage MCQs 8 24
    Vocabulary in Context based MCQs 8
    Passage completion based MCQ 8
  5. The items will incorporate aspects of 21st Century Skills (Creative Thinking, Decision Making, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Communication) that lead to success at Secondary Stage. They would be assessing student’s ability to process, interpret and use information rather than assessing student’s prior subject matter knowledge.
  6. The items in ‘Problem Solving Assessment’ will be designed in such a way so as to improve the generic and higher order thinking skills. This will also result in improving scores within the core school subjects.
  7. The students will get a certificate on the `Problem Solving Assessment’ by July, 2013.
  8. There will be no separate time tables or periods for teaching or practice of PSA in schools.
  9. The Question Paper containing OMR Answer Sheet shall be supplied by the Board.
  10. Every student of class-XI will get same question paper, irrespective of the subject combination he/she is offering.
  11. The sample question paper of Problem Solving Assessment for classes XI and sample OMR sheet is available on CBSE website under Academic Section.