While entrance exam has been a common practice in many schools, this year it gets added weightage. “This time, schools are depending more on the proctored entrance test than pre-boards. Till last year, exams were conducted physically, and marks on report cards were accurate. However, with pre-boards going online, not only did students not take them seriously, but concerns about accuracy also emerged as students tend to adopt unfair means during such exams,” said Sarada Chandrasekaran, director, Whitefield Global School.
For instance, Nagarjuna Vidyaniketan, which usually conducts an entrance exam only for outsiders, has decided to extend it to its students too. “After online pre-boards, we conducted offline exams in which many students did not farewell. We had to work extensively with them before they improved their scores. Therefore, we want to conduct a test to understand their capabilities,” said Leena BH, principal of the institution.
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Several schools use the admission test as a way of understanding the student’s capability and interest in each stream. “We conduct entrance tests every year to get clarity about what combinations would suit a child. However, this year students themselves want to write the tests and see where they stand as there have been a lot of gaps in learning and they want to substantiate their choice,” said Hema Nagarajan, principal, Vyasa International School.
Schools are also looking at various means to test students to ensure fairness of the exam. “The online entrance test will include more analytical questions that can’t be just copy-pasted from other sources,” Leena added.
Harvest International School is replacing the pen and paper test with a presentation/viva. “We will give a few topics to children to prepare. We will ask them to make a presentation or conduct a viva. If time permits, we also want to explore the possibility of holding a group discussion. We want students to speak about their interests and the reason for choosing a combination. We’re looking at communication skills, clarity of thought, and basic skill set…,” explained Dakshayini Khanna, founding director.
While CBSE and ICSE class 10 exams have been cancelled, SSLC exams are scheduled from June 21. Some school principals said one needs to wait and watch to know the repercussions on admissions because of policy differences in conducting exams.