Middle School Assessment Framework


Middle School Programme

Developing 21st Century Skills

Aga Khan University Examination Board Middle School Programme is a project-based learning approach for students of grade VI, VII and VIII. This is a form of experiential learning that recognizes learner’s diversity by offering broad-based interdisciplinary projects.

Project-based learning is a student centric learning approach that enriches the learning experience through application of knowledge to real world situations. It offers a diverse range of skills to facilitate the cognitive development and proficiency of students.

Middle School Programme projects focus on developing the following competencies often referred to as 21st Century Skills, deemed vital to success in both school years and beyond:

  • Listening, reading and observation skills
  • Information gathering
  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Responsibility
  • Team work
  • Creativity and innovation


Middle School Programme prepares the students for a smooth transition to secondary school studies by encouraging them to approach learning effectively, moving from conceptual knowledge to understanding and application.

​Programme Structure

Each school opting for Middle School Programme receives a set of six interdisciplinary projects. These project tasks are designed by AKU-EB based on middle school syllabi drawn from the National Curriculum of Pakistan that outline key concepts for each grade level across five core subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies
  • English
  • Science
  • Urdu

Students work in groups to complete project tasks and compile these as one portfolio. Students also attempt a set of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Constructed Response Questions (CRQs) provided by AKU-EB. This reinforces learning and familiarizes students with AKU-EB Secondary School Certificate and Higher Secondary School Certificate examination format.

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