Can’t read exam clock/ prefer a digital one with seconds.

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get an analogue wrist watch and get used to it
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(Original post by Slx.24)
You never know till you try
You're not allowed a watch or any electronic device in exams https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/up...ns_2021_v5.pdf

Edit: There are some rare exceptions - e.g. if you are diabetic and use your phone to monitor your levels, but these are very strictly controlled.
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Like 5 seconds, idek who invented that sort of clock when you’re gonna have to convert it anyway. Trust me I’m not stupid I just find digital clocks easier as I’m sure most people do
Gonna pretend I didn't ask why people invented analogue clocks....
I don't accuse you of being stupid for preferring digital.. but please just read your first sentence again 😅
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You're not allowed a watch or any electronic device in exams https://www.jcq.org.uk/wp-content/up...ns_2021_v5.pdf
You didn't read what I said buddy
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(Original post by Slx.24)
You didn't read what I said buddy
It's an electronic device. The OP is not allowed to bring it in to an exam room.

The OP could ask the exams officer if they would change to a digital clock but the recommended digital ones do not include seconds because they are considered distracting.
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You should be allowed a watch in the exam. You just have to put it on the desk so the invigilators can see that it isn’t an Apple Watch
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You should be allowed a watch in the exam. You just have to put it on the desk so the invigilators can see that it isn’t an Apple Watch
This was the rule but they changed it about 3 years ago because there wasn't time to go round checking everyone's watch to see what it was capable of and there was a couple of cases of watches being knocked on the floor and trodden on.
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I went through GCSE-masters mostly looking at *****y clocks on walls from weird angles. (one of university exam halls was a giant sports arena and they had a giant scoreboard they'd use which was awesome, but that an exception to the norm).

It's the same for everyone, you just learn to live with it, if you are down to the last 15 seconds every paper id say you need to practice more because this sounds like a lack of preparation thing to me.
or perhaps the person gets a sudden idea of an answer they could include ? or they suddenly saw a mistake on their paper which they had to go and rectify ?
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(Original post by EOData)
It's an electronic device. The OP is not allowed to bring it in to an exam room.

The OP could ask the exams officer if they would change to a digital clock but the recommended digital ones do not include seconds because they are considered distracting.
Not the exact same digital clock that the exam room itself would use
Op could indeed do that
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or perhaps the person gets a sudden idea of an answer they could include ? or they suddenly saw a mistake on their paper which they had to go and rectify ?
If that's the case the time is irrelevant, you just scribble like mad.
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(Original post by EOData)
This was the rule but they changed it about 3 years ago because there wasn't time to go round checking everyone's watch to see what it was capable of and there was a couple of cases of watches being knocked on the floor and trodden on.
Yikes, I can see it happening though with an apple watch which obviously cant be allowed on during the exam.

It would be easier to just ban everything and then just have exam centres store a set of standard approved scientific calculators specifically for exams and then they are on the desks before candidates walk into halls. Especially nowadays with LCD screens on giant graphics calculators.
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Not the exact same digital clock that the exam room itself would use
Op could indeed do that
The OP isn't going to get one with digital seconds in the exam room. There was a big discussion about these a couple of years ago as quite a few candidates said it made their levels of panic rise, they became obsessed with watching the seconds tick by fruitlessly and it gave them a sense of doom. This didn't seem to happens with an analogue clock with a second hand.
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(Original post by aliaa03)
or perhaps the person gets a sudden idea of an answer they could include ? or they suddenly saw a mistake on their paper which they had to go and rectify ?
Its all preparation at the end of the day. Generally if you are very well prepared you can move through papers diligently and quickly. Running out of time tends to be from taking a long time to think, re-correcting work, putting down excessive material in the hope of scraping an extra mark, or being puzzled by questions (how do you prevent this, preparation & practice).
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Yikes, I can see it happening though with an apple watch which obviously cant be allowed on during the exam.

It would be easier to just ban everything and then just have exam centres store a set of standard approved scientific calculators specifically for exams and then they are on the desks before candidates walk into halls. Especially nowadays with LCD screens on giant graphics calculators.
Except that schools can't afford to have calculators ror everyone just for exams. The one most of our 140 kids doing A levels Maths use costs £70 even with Edexcel's discount...and then you'd need a different one for all the GCSE students.
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(Original post by EOData)
This was the rule but they changed it about 3 years ago because there wasn't time to go round checking everyone's watch to see what it was capable of and there was a couple of cases of watches being knocked on the floor and trodden on.
The rule was there when I did my gcses in 2019 and when I did my mocks for year 13 in 2021 since exams were cancelled. Just depends on the school
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(Original post by EOData)
Except that schools can't afford to have calculators ror everyone just for exams. The one most of our 140 kids doing A levels Maths use costs £70 even with Edexcel's discount...and then you'd need a different one for all the GCSE students.
Back in the day I bought a casio 991es for like £15 (this was probably 8 or 9 years ago), just ban the expensive ones and go for a stock casio scientific calculator. It would be a grand or two up front for an exam centre so maybe it would need to be implemented over a couple years so people with calculators on GCSE/A-levels can use what they've got but im sure its doable.
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The OP isn't going to get one with digital seconds in the exam room. There was a big discussion about these a couple of years ago as quite a few candidates said it made their levels of panic rise, they became obsessed with watching the seconds tick by fruitlessly and it gave them a sense of doom. This didn't seem to happens with an analogue clock with a second hand.
I mean, if OP is buying the clock for himself he can choose whether to have seconds or not, right? 😅
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(Original post by mnot)
I went through GCSE-masters mostly looking at *****y clocks on walls from weird angles. (one of university exam halls was a giant sports arena and they had a giant scoreboard they'd use which was awesome, but that an exception to the norm).

It's the same for everyone, you just learn to live with it, if you are down to the last 15 seconds every paper id say you need to practice more because this sounds like a lack of preparation thing to me.
Nope I’m well prepared that’s not an issue, the thing is 15secs can make a difference maybe you need a few seconds to try to recall a specific date or person, in more stem subjects it could be the difference of a grade if you need to change the format of your answers e.g. to 1st or add a £ sign etc. I wish schools cared more about this it’s really important that students get the full time to do the best they can imo but I doubt anything will be done about it
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I mean, if OP is buying the clock for himself he can choose whether to have seconds or not, right? 😅
I’m probably not going to by a clock when there’s a high chance I won’t be allowed to use it, after my mock I’ll ask about how the real exams will be like and see if there’s anything they could do even if it’s just getting a bigger analogue. That’s if exams even go ahead this year
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Nope I’m well prepared that’s not an issue, the thing is 15secs can make a difference maybe you need a few seconds to try to recall a specific date or person, in more stem subjects it could be the difference of a grade if you need to change the format of your answers e.g. to 1st or add a £ sign etc. I wish schools cared more about this it’s really important that students get the full time to do the best they can imo but I doubt anything will be done about it
If you are eating a lot of time to recall key facts or forgetting units that that is a sign of lack of preparation... it really shouldn't be do or die in the last 15 seconds, and forgetting a unit or rounding mistake would be 1 mark not a grade.
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