To excel in a subject, a thorough conceptual understanding goes a long way. Students’ competence can be measured accurately by testing their micro and macro level understanding of the subject. Nalanda established a system to assess these capabilities at regular intervals through the semester system, introduced in the academic year 2008-2009. It divides the curriculum into two halves, and the tests judge the students’ assimilation of the concepts at both the grass-root and the bird’s eye view level.
There are three ‘Evaluations’ per year in Primary for classes I to V. Evaluation 1, Evaluation 2, Evaluation 3 The three evaluations are conducted to asses the performance of the students. They are conducted at 3 regular intervals of the whole academic year.The syllabus is divided for the 3 assessments and scheduled at the start of academic year. This division of syllabus for assessments help the teachers to point on the subject where the student is poor.
From Classes VI to X (State & CBSE) two semesters divide the entire syllabus into two equal parts. Each of the two semesters consist of two assessments, replacing the system of Mid-Term Test and the Final Exam. The syllabus is divided in a way that the topics that are relevant to the next academic year are scheduled for the second semester. The first and second semesters end in November and in April respectively, and the grades also include assignments given during the semester and overall session performance. The main objective is to systematically consolidate what has been learnt, while relieving the stress that was earlier associated with the end of the academic year.