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'PBSMR is an improved version of PMR'


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Examination Board has clarified that the secondary school-based assessment test (Pentaksiran Berasaskan Sekolah Menengah Rendah -- PBSMR) is not to replace the Penilaian Menengah Rendah examination, but is an improved version of PMR.

The board yesterday said the secondary school-based assessment test comprised two components -- academic and non-academic.

"The academic component consists of school assessment and central assessment, while the non-academic component consists of three assessments, covering psychometric, physical education and co-curricular activities."

The statement said the school assessment would be carried out simultaneously by teachers with the teaching and learning process from Form 1 to Form 3.

"As for the central assessment, the board will provide the worksheet, standardised instrument, scoring procedures, assessment schedule and the guidelines," it said, adding that teachers would administer, assess and mark as per rules and guidelines provided by the board.

The central assessment would be implemented next year for Form 3 students.

"This means all subjects will be assessed under both school and central assessments and not just central assessment for four subjects, as reported in the media. This is because there will no longer be central assessments handled by the board."




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