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CBSE plans pilot run of open-book exams in select schools




is planning a pilot test of open-book


in selected schools for classes IX to XII later this year, according to officials. The idea was floated in the last governing body meeting of Board in Dec, 2023. However, according to Board officials there is no plan to adopt the format in class X and XII board exams.
“CBSE is planning a

pilot run

of open-book assessments in selected schools, targeting subjects -English, Mathematics, and Science for classes 9 and 10, and English, Mathematics, and Biology for classes 11 and 12.

The aim is to gauge the time taken by students to complete these tests and gather feedback from stakeholders.
“The plan is in line with recommendations made in

National Curriculum Framework

. These tests would undergo a pilot phase in schools to evaluate various aspects such as completion time, suitability for formative and summative assessment, and stakeholders’ perceptions,” a senior board official said.
In an open-book exam (OBE), students are allowed to carry their notes, textbooks, or other study material and refer to them during the examination.

The pilot will be focused on assessing higher-order thinking skills, application, analysis, critical and creative thinking, and problem solving abilities. While the design, development, and review of open book tests is proposed to be completed by June 2024, the pilot testing of the materials in schools is being planned in Nov-Dec 2024.
“The method could be used in internal exams to promote innovative thinking among students. However, it is only in an ideation phase, and there is no plan to adopt OBE format in CBSE class 10 and 12 board examination,” said a source.

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