CBSE Aptitude Test after Class X boards
CBSE Aptitude Test
Students looking for guidance on which stream to pursue after Class X now have a little help from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). In addition to holding an external board examination for students wanting to transfer to another board, a pre-university or a vocational course, the CBSE will also administer an aptitude test for the interested.
Authorities of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Chennai, said such aptitude tests could be administered by independent organisations as well but the central body was stepping in to make it easier for all schools. Some like C Sathish, senior principal, RMK Group of Schools, welcomed the move. “It is definitely useful since students tend to be unsure of whether they’re better suited for science, commerce or the humanities. Often they make these choices based on what their friends or parents say.”
Teachers felt the tests would give an idea of where a student’s interests lay– whether he/she had a mechanical or artistic bent of mind, for instance. Sathish said: “The aptitude tests have nothing to do with their academics or performance in school. It is just a facility being offered for those who want to know where their strengths lie. It is not compulsory.”