NEW DELHI: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi, have created ‘ Tamanna ‘ (which stands for Seek And Test Aptitude And Natural Abilities), an aptitude test for high school students to enable stakeholders to learn the aptitude of class 9 and 10 students.
According to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the Government of India, this test module was developed under its aegis. The CBSE piloted the aptitude test with 17,000 students studying in classes 9 and 10 through its affiliated schools across various parts of the country.
Students, teachers and parents should bear in mind that the aptitude test provides information about the students ‘ strengths and there is no pass or failure in this test, says MHRD. The exam should be taken by interested students on a voluntary basis and should not be used to force any subject, research courses or vocations etc. on the students, says the ministry.
“Each student is unique and different from the other. Students vary in terms of their physical characteristics such as height, weight, endurance, and mental qualities such as intellect, aptitude, curiosity, and temperament,” said HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘ Nishank ‘ in a report that followed the tutorial.
While one may be outspoken, another may be submissive, some may be creative and flexible, while others may be accurate and specific, some may excel in voicing their views, while others may do well in numerical reasoning. It is these distinctions that make each person special and set the stage for different situations for their behavioral differences, “he said.
The CBSE and NCERT followed a very rigorous procedure for building this aptitude test, according to the document. Items have been produced for seven sub-tests defined, i.e. Language Aptitude (LA), Abstract Reasoning (AR), Verbal Reasoning (VR), Mechanical Reasoning (MR), Numerical Aptitude (NA), Spatial Aptitude (SA) and Perceptual Aptitude (PA), together with the practical manual describing the rest, Test Booklet containing items related to the seven dimensions measured and Guide for Teachers and Parents consisting of the features of aptitude testing, administering and scoring and understanding the meaning of the scores.
In order to make this relevant to the Indian context, standards were developed based on data collected from 5491 students tested at 11 different locations in different regions of the country, the paper said.