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CBSE to release test material for Open Book Exam in September

The Text material for the first ever open book examination is going to available by Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in the month of September, 2013, reports TOI. This assessment will be conducted for Classes IX and XI only and it works on the concept of providing the students with the test material weeks or months before the examination.

CBSE’s director Sadhana Parashar clarified how the marks scored in OTBA by Class IX students will be adjusted in the summative exam II (SA-II) since that class follows the continuous and comprehensive evaluation scheme (CCE).

CBSE to release test material for Open Book Exam in September. She explained that the question papers in main subjects at SA-II will be of 90 marks (in English, of 70 marks + 20 marks for assessment of speaking and listening skills) based on prescribed syllabus and question paper design. The question paper in each main subject will have a separate section of 10 marks for OTBA.

The OTBA section will comprise of text material accompanied by two or three questions based on that text. The questions based on the text will be of application level and the students would be required to apply to the situations given in the article/ report/ case study and draw inferences/conclusions from it. The questions based on the text will be open ended, extrapolative, inferential and will look at personal response justifying a point of view.

For Std XI the OTBA will be applicable only to Economics, Biology and Geography.

For both classes the OTBA will be part of the final examination scheduled for March. In an earlier circular CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi had justified the need for OTBA saying “multiple modes of assessment need to be provided to cater to the varied abilities of individual strengths of the learner.

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