National Level Science Talent Search Examination 2011
NSTSE is a diagnostic test which actually helps students
improve. Unlike regular tests which try only to find out how much a child knows
(or has memorized), NSTSE measures how well a student has understood concepts
and gives detailed feedback on the same, to help them improve.
Thus NSTSE helps each student know whether he/she has
actually understood a concept early on so that immediate action can be taken.
Often students have conceptual gaps which increase as they progress and when
they reach the higher classes, they develop a "phobia" for the subject.
School tests - including board exams - tend to be
superficial, testing what children have memorised. But the important skills like
the ability to think independently and reason logically - critical in today's
world - are often not emphasised in school tests.
The focus on fundamentals is so important that when the
child finishes studies he/she will have to face the competitive world armed with
these fundamentals. Even while opting for higher studies, the student has to go
through a complete scan of what he/she knows and how much. Exams like IIT-JEE,
AIEEE, AFMC, AIIMS, GRE, GMAT, CAT etc., are so designed to test the fundamental
strength of student. Hence the need of the hour is building the fundamentals
base as strong as possible.