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    During a science ISA exam under the AQA exam board a mate of mine was caught using his phone. His claim is that he recieved a text during the exam (the phone was on silent so no one heard) and looked at it under the table.

    Although the teacher in the room did not notice a fellow teacher unluckily walked past the door and spotted him. The teacher later informed the student she had seen him although did not specify any punishment or if she was going to contact the exam board.

    My friend is quite worried about this and is concerned he may be disqualified from the GCSE. Does anyone know or have any experience into what the saction is likely to be?
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    he might be okay if he proves that it was only a text, which he would have had to prove around the time it happened
    I once came into an exam late and got to my desk with my phone, but technically that meant that I "had my phone out during an exam" so I was penalised but they later excused me based on the circumstances
    edit: actually, I don't know about this...if they explicitly said "no phones out" and he ignored that statement while he was already at his desk, then that's different to my case
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    (Original post by sleepysnooze)
    he might be okay if he proves that it was only a text, which he would have had to prove around the time it happened
    I once came into an exam late and got to my desk with my phone, but technically that meant that I "had my phone out during an exam" so I was penalised but they later excused me based on the circumstances
    edit: actually, I don't know about this...if they explicitly said "no phones out" and he ignored that statement while he was already at his desk, then that's different to my case
    As it happens we were never explicitly told not to have phones in the room. Although this was the third ISA we have done this year so would have been expected to know as all such exams are done under high control.
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    Ofc he'll be disqualified, providing they report to the exam board (which may or may not happen).

    He deserves it too.
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    (Original post by liverninthered)
    During a science ISA exam under the AQA exam board a mate of mine was caught using his phone. His claim is that he recieved a text during the exam (the phone was on silent so no one heard) and looked at it under the table.

    Although the teacher in the room did not notice a fellow teacher unluckily walked past the door and spotted him. The teacher later informed the student she had seen him although did not specify any punishment or if she was going to contact the exam board.

    My friend is quite worried about this and is concerned he may be disqualified from the GCSE. Does anyone know or have any experience into what the saction is likely to be?
    IF the school report the incident, and according to the regulations they absolutely should, then the most likely sanction is that he gets disqualified and receives no marks for that ISA. If they have any reason to think that it's not an isolated incident then he could be disqualified from all ISA taken with that examiner. The school should tell him if they report it. He can find the rules and procedures about cheating in exams on the JCQ web site.


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