Wristwatches no longer allowed at exams

Starting this spring, you can no longer wear a wristwatch during your school exam. Smartwatches that look like analog watches are the reason for the ban. 

Wristwatches and other clocks are no longer allowed at school exams (photo: colourbox.com)

At previous exams there was a ban on smartwatches only, but from now on the ban includes all types of wristwatches and clocks.

- This is a practical way of making sure smartwatches won't be used in attempts at cheating, and we observe that other universities are doing the same, says Erling Hjelmeng, Vice Dean for Studies.

Keeping track of time

Smartwatch or regular watch? Not always easy to tell (photo: lg.com)

Before a school exam starts, the staff will ask the candidates to put away all watches. But, since it is important for candidates to be able to organize their time, wallmounted clocks will be put up in all rooms.

Also, since all school exams at the Faculty of Law are conducted on PC's, you can keep track of time using the clock on your exam-PC.

Smart or "stupid" watch?

With a smartwatch it's possible to send and recieve messages and email, and you can also access any notes you may have. That's why smartwatches were banned last semester.

However, many smartwatches are designed to look like regular watches, and it can be hard to tell them apart. And some devices, like pulse watches, looks like smartwatches, but are not.

To assure no one brings a smartwatch to an exam, the solution has therefore become to introduce a ban on all types of watches.

Published Apr. 18, 2016 12:14 PM - Last modified Apr. 18, 2016 12:14 PM