June 11 (): CBSE plans to launch Open Book Exam system from March 2014 for Class 9 and Class 11,according to a recent circular.
Open Book Exam is most likely to be introduced for Class 12 students from the next academic session, according to some reports. CBSE officials stated that the Open Book Exam will apply to Class 10 board exams in 2014 and to Class 12 exams in 2015.
The schools will be supplied with the case studies by November 2013, before the commencement of Summative Assessment (SA) 2 and the formal announcement from CBSE is expected to come this November or December.
CBSE Open Book Exam Scheme Key facts
CBSE Open Book Exam would be entirely case study-based.
This section will carry 20% weight age.
Based on the ideas and concepts taught to the students during the school academic session, the textual material will be in the form of an article or a case study or a diagram or a picture or a cartoon or a problem/situation.
The CBSE Board will prepare the question paper, and the same material will be supplied to students at the time of examination along with answer books and question paper. The students are required to find the answer using the material supplied and thereby their studying at home for that part is eliminated.
For Class 9 students : Open Book Exam applies to all main subjects
For Class 11 students : Open Book Exam applies only to Economics, Biology Geography and a language
The Open Book Exam is designed to test the “higher order thinking skills of students rather than their current dependence on a rote-based methodology,” according to CBSE.
The Open Book Exam will be part of the Summative Assessment II for class 9 and also for those students who choose school-based class 10 exams under the CCE scheme instead of the board exams.
Questions would be set in such a pattern that the students may not find direct answers to them in their textbooks. The questions would instead test one’s understanding and capacity to analyse/evaluate/compare concepts thereby training one’s mind to seek information when one needs it,
CBSE terms this concept as pre-announced test (PAT) wherein case studies related to the subjects are supplied to the students four months prior to the examination.
CBSE hereby ushers in a new change in the testing pattern employed in schools.