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Watch ban imposed at GCSE and A-level exams

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Picture caption The JCQ examination physique is publicising the brand new guidelines by way of an internet video

Pupils are being informed to take away watches from their wrists earlier than taking GCSE and A-level exams, to fight dishonest.

Usually, college students are being informed to position the timepieces on their desks, however invigilators can demand they’re left exterior of the examination corridor.

The brand new rule was launched to stop pupils attempting to cross off smartwatches – which have lengthy been banned – as regular ones.

Some universities have already imposed comparable necessities.

The regulation was introduced by the Joint Council for {Qualifications} (JCQ) in an online guide published last July however was first reported this week by the Gloucestershire Reside information web site.

The rule can also be meant to stop examinees attempting to smuggle in notes folded up and positioned underneath regular watch faces.

Hidden earpieces

Varied watches explicitly marketed as dishonest units might be discovered marketed on-line, together with on Amazon’s UK retailer.

Some work by urgent a button to switch a graphical illustration of a watch face with uploaded textual content, however others haven’t any digital show and work by taking part in audio to a small earpiece by way of a Bluetooth connection.

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A number of examination centres had already launched their very own advert hoc watch bans.

However the JCQ’s transfer implies that most faculty college students sitting exams in England, Wales and Northern Eire are actually affected.

Though a number of the JCQ’s members award Scottish Highers, these exams are usually not lined by the change.

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A spokesman for the organisation informed the BBC that it had published a video earlier this week to offer pupils with extra info.

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