Aptitude and Interest Assessment with the First Ever CBSE Students Global
Enrolment For The Programme
CBSE has designed a tool named as the Students Global Aptitude Index (SGAI)
to measure the aptitude in combination with the interest. The Aptitude reflects
the inherent capacity, talent or ability of a child. Aptitude testing is a
student-friendly, universally accepted mode of rating capabilities for a
particular activity. Aptitude tests are known to be reliable predictors of
future scholastic achievement as they provide a profile of strengths and
weaknesses of a student.
IN NEWS: After switching from marks
and yearly exams to grades and Continued and Comprehensive Examination (CEC)
system, the CBSE is set to introduce a new aptitude test for students.
Students' Global Aptitude Index (SGAI),the first ever aptitude assessment
system developed by the CBSE, will be available to students in all 10,000
schools affiliated to the board to help them make better career choices. The
first SGAI will be held on January 15, 2011. Students will have to pay a Rs
100 fee to take the test.
SGAI is a two-and-half hour paper and pencil test that will help
determine a Class X student's scientific, numerical, social, behavioural
science and art aptitudes, among others. Customised for Indian students,
CBSE's SGAI will differ from conventional aptitude tests -- which help
determine a student's professional orientation -- in that it will determine
his or her subject orientations at +2 level.
SGAI is aimed to empower a student with "self knowledge" in terms of
aptitude and interest to enable him or her to make informed decisions about
which subjects to pursue at the +2 level.
As the SGAI intends to reduce the mismatch between aptitude and interest,
it will further help "optimise a student's potential, enhance satisfaction,
increase motivation and reduce wastage of human and financial resources,"
says a CBSE circular.
HIGHLIGHTS OF CBSE STUDENTS GLOBAL APTITUDE INDEX (SGAI)
Although a variety of aptitude screening tests are already in vogue to
help the student identify personal interests and vocations, yet:-
1. SGAI is a battery of Aptitude Tests which also combines Interest profile
of a student.
2. It has been customized to suit the Indian context and variety of student
population in CBSE affiliated Private, Government and Aided Schools.
3. Unlike the conventional Aptitude Tests, which indicate professional
orientations the CBSE SGAI will indicate subject orientations at +2 level.
4. The CBSE SGAI is meant for students of secondary classes. This coincides with
the onset of adolescence and beginning of career concepts (although not in the
concrete form). It is therefore crucial to give a road map to the child which is
realistic and favorable.
5. SGAI is aimed to empower a child with “self knowledge” in terms of the
Aptitude and Interest, to enable the child in making informed subjects choices.
6. Since CBSE SGI purports to reduce the mismatch between the Aptitude and
the Interest it will further help in :
- Optimizing the child potential and enhance satisfaction
- Increasing motivation
- Reducing wastage of human and financial resources
SGAI : DESCRIPTION
CBSE SGAI is a battery of tests, designed for students pursuing class X in
CBSE affiliated schools. It is a simple paper and pencil test, which requires
approximately 2 – 2½ hours. Due care has been taken to make the assessment and
interpretation less complicated for the teachers.
The assessment broadly indicates:
- Scientific Aptitude
- Numerical Aptitude
- Social Aptitude
- Behavioral Science Aptitude
- Art Aptitude and Interest areas
A random survey was conducted in schools by devising a questionnaire to
primarily gauge whether the schools, parents and students were aware of Aptitude
Tests, at what stage should these tests be conducted and parents attitude
towards Aptitude Tests. The responses received were studied by a group
comprising of psychiatrists, psychologists, experts in Psychometrics and
practicing counselors It was decided to construct a battery of Aptitude Tests
and an Interest test which will be customized to suit the CBSE clientele.
THE PILOT TEST
The CBSE SGAI has been pilot tested on a sample of secondary level students
drawn from 100 CBSE affiliated Private, Government and Aided Schools from
different parts of the country.
PRE- TRIAL TEACHER TRAINING AND ORIENTATION
- Six orientation workshops were conducted between November –December 2009
to orient and train two teachers and one counselor from the selected schools
- These workshops were held in Delhi, Bhopal Bhubaneswar, Hyderabad,
Chandigarh and Mumbai.
- The participants were made aware of the rationale and the actual conduct
of the test batteries. The details of scoring were also discussed with the
- Time lines were given to the schools to conduct the test and send the
responses to the board for analysis by Jan 2010.
- The results obtained were put to item analysis done by a specialized
agency and based on that changes were made in the test.
TRAINING AND ADVOCACY MATERIAL
For the mental preparedness and climate building, Training Manuals,
Literature and FAQ’s for parents and students were prepared to generate
awareness about Aptitude and benefits of Assessment.
THE MICRO PILOT TEST
After the analysis of first trial and the Pre and Post trial feedback from
participating teachers and counselors, the test was modified and put to a second
micro trial to ascertain the efficacy.
The CBSE SGAI is finally ready for launch after rigorous process of
CBSE- SGAI can be taken in class X to know the students preference for
subjects after class X. However, it should be taken only as an indicator or a
facilitator. The test will help the larger population including parents,
teachers and students to initiate a dialogue on subject choices leading to
careers ahead in life .However, the results of SGAI taken together with the
student’s assessment from other sources will ultimately help students and
parents in making informed choices. Mental preparedness and sincere responses
are the pre- requisites for this test. SGAI scores may depend upon child’s
environmental stimulus and motivation level.
The option of using the CBSE SGI rests with the schools, however for those
interested, the board will conduct training workshops to familiarize the
principals and teachers with this new concept as well as its administration.
These principals, teachers and counselors will in turn advocate and educate
students and parents about the CBSE SGAI. Since it is not feasible to cover all
schools in one go, the training workshops will be conducted in a phased manner.
The details of the training programs along with the dates and venues will be
intimated in due course of time.
ENROLMENT FOR CBSE SGAI
The CBSE SGAI will be offered to those interested at a very nominal fee of
Rs.100 (one hundred) per student only. The first ever CBSE Students Global
Aptitude Test will be held for class X students tentatively on 15th January
2011. The principals may assess the number of class X students who would be
interested to enroll for this activity and thereafter register online on the
CBSE website www.cbse.nic.in The fee may be sent via Demand Draft payable at
Delhi in the name of Secretary ,CBSE. The conformation may be sent by15 th
October 2010 positively to:
PRO & Project Incharge
Central Board of Secondary Education
Shiksha Kendra, 2, Community Centre, Preet Vihar,Delhi-92
Tele Fax- 011-22440083