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The exam guidelines list what is permitted on exam hall desk. There’s no mention of any watches.
However, there’s a section on smart technology, which explicitly disallows smartwatch.
My question is if some non-smart watches allowed in exam hall?
If yes, can you guide me to official ACCA policy paper?
Short answer – YES.
There is no published policy – if no watches whatsoever were permitted a policy would have to say so – the policy is not about what people wear generally – as it is normal for accessories to be worn, there is nothing against watches being worn other than those that are specifically excluded – where it is clear that they might have some potential benefit.
I was not permitted to exam hall with my non-smart digital watch (a simple digital wrist-watch). It is a murky area: the back of the exam docket states:
“5(a) You are not permitted to use a dictionary or an electronic device or translator of any kind or have on or at your desk a calculator which can store or display text. You are also not permitted to use in your examination room an electronic communication device, camera, smart watch, any other item with smart technology functionality.. ”
Exam administrators considered this watch “an electronic device” and did not permit it.
Convincing them that although this is an electronic device, however, it is not a smart-device was a non-starter, since the docket printed regulations are so vague.
Edit: a simple electronc wrist-watch has menu items shown as text – Sun, December etc. Technically, it stores and displays text.
You have until tomorrow to make an exam centre complaint https://www.accaglobal.com/ca/en/help/exam-sessions.html
Students should complain when invigilators tell students they cannot use equipment – watches/calculators – which are valid for use. If this isn’t fed back to ACCA, ACCA will not know that invigilators need more instruction/guidance.