Students have been cheating with £45 exam cheat watch
Teachers are complaining that certain smartwatches from Amazon, are being advertised with functions specifically targeted at helping students to cheat at exams. We know you wouldn’t do that though.
These watches hold a data or written information that can be read in exams. A student can press an emergency button if an invigilator walks past, which will remove the incriminating text and replace with with a digital clock face.
Teachers want more academic institutions to be aware of the problem and seek to ban all smart watches from exams.
A cheating watch we found on Amazon (delivered from China), costs $51.68 with free shipping, and describes itself as ‘2016 Student 8GB cheating watch’. In the description it says
‘This watch is specifically designed for cheating on exams with a special programmed software. It is perfect for covertly viewing exam notes directly on your wrist, by storing text and pictures in the 8GB memory storage. It supports various file formats, such as: TXT, MP3, JPG, GIF, WAV, WMV, AVI, etc. It has an emergency button, so when you press it - the watch's screen display changes from text to a regular clock, and blocks all other buttons.’
You can even play 3.5 hours of video on the watch and supports 25 different languages. In our day, we had to cheat by writing on pencil cases.
The Joint Council for Qualifications, speaking on behalf of exam boards, said schools should tell students "what is and what isn't allowed in the examination room".
"A candidate found in possession of anything used for cheating - like these watches - would be reported to the awarding organisation whose examination was affected.
"This could result in the student being disqualified from the exam and the overall qualification."