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how to prepare for science practical skill test

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how to prepare for science practical skill test which is going to be held on 28 march08, help…..

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The problem of neglect of

The problem of neglect of experiments in our schools and of proper assessment of students in practical skills has always been a matter of great concern for the Central Board of Secondary Education. The problem assumes even greater importance for Class X, which is the terminal stage of secondary education. The Board has been keen to find out ways to promote laboratory work in our school system and has taken a number of initiatives in this direction. The Board tries to ensure that its affiliated schools have the necessary infrastructure to carry out experiments prescribed in the syllabus to Class IX and X.

As an important initiative to make assessment of practicals fair, uniform and reliable and to increase the emphasis on practicals in schools, the Board introduced a new scheme of assessment for Class IX from the academic year 2005-06. A document giving detailed guidelines on the new scheme of assessment of practicals with sample question papers was brought out by the Board. This was done to ensure that practicing teachers understood the new scheme clearly and were sensitized and oriented to the same before it was introduced for the more critical Class X stage. The positive experience and feedback to the new scheme for Class IX have convinced the Board that this is a step in the right direction. Accordingly, the present document reiterates the detailed guidelines of the Class IX document and gives sample question papers and related matters concerning the syllabus of practicals for Class X. In view of the critical importance of Class X stage, an even greater care has been taken that the new scheme is fair and realistic, does not cause hardship to any student or school, and promotes uniform and reliable assessment of practical skills.

As per the new scheme, theory and practical examination will have a weightage of 60% and 40% respectively. The practical examination will comprise of two components. One component of this practical examination will be in the form of a multiple choice type theory paper test, to be conducted by the Board in Class X as an independent paper. This question paper will be of 20 marks and 1 ½ hour duration. It will aim at testing of practical skills through multiple-choice type questions. Each multiple-choice question will have four options, with only one of them as the correct option. The second component will also have a weightage of 20 marks but will be conducted at school level on the lines being followed presently.