National Level Science Talent Search Examination
NSTSE is a diagnostic test which actually helps students
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
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.
This exactly is the philosophy behind the Unified Council's
NSTSE is unlike other tests in many different ways. It
has interesting questions that require thinking, not simply recall.
provides detailed skill-wise feedback highlighting strengths and weaknesses
provides a benchmark of the student's performance with peers all over the
Thus, NSTSE focuses on IMPROVEMENT rather than comparison or
grading. It also reduces the stress of exams by checking UNDERSTANDING rather