Competency-based multiple-choice questions do not test recall but rather measure students’ abilities to apply, analyse, and synthesise information.
Students have a common misperception that because the question paper will be focused on multiple-choice questions, they would not need to study very hard. Because the paper is made up of multiple-choice questions, students must understand that they will no longer be able to bluff.
Previously, the recall approach was used, and pupils were expected to memorise texts and formulas. The pupils were also allowed to respond to the questions in their own unique language. Students must now provide exact responses and employ critical thinking abilities while maintaining their originality when answering competency-based questions.
Stimuli such as a graph, a picture, or a news clip may be included in the questions. In the context of a lesson, the questions could alternatively be based on a case study. Because the MCQ structure is new to class 10 students, they should remember these key principles before taking the CBSE board term 1 exams.
— Students should make the most of their reading time by carefully reading each question and identifying the ones they are confident about. They can return to the difficult questions once they’ve completed all of the easy ones.
— Students should carefully study the directions. In each part, a certain number of questions must be answered, and students should double-check whether they have answered the required number of questions.
— Students should double-check the question for double negatives and understand how the questions are phrased. If the question is not interpreted correctly, what appears to be a logical answer may turn out to be erroneous.
— There will be one correct response and three incorrect responses. Although the responses may appear to be extremely similar, only one is the most appropriate. As a result, the correct solution can be found using the elimination procedure.
— Students should not look at the solutions while reading the question, but rather try to analyse and answer before glancing at the options. This would assist people avoid being distracted by poor decisions.
— No inquiry should be left unanswered because there is no negative marking. This means that even if some of the questions are pure guesswork and the students are doubtful of the answers, the amount of questions required to be answered per section should be replied. Even if it’s just speculation, they should try to figure it out logically before choosing an answer.
— Students should not waste too much time on a question because they only have 90 minutes to complete 50 questions, which means they only have 2 minutes per question. As a result, kids must learn to efficiently manage their time.
Students should practise sample question papers on CBSE-provided model OMR sheets to get a better understanding of the exam pattern and time management.
There is no replacement for putting in the effort. If the pupils pay attention in class, they will be able to confidently answer the questions.