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A guide to Chinese exam cheating

Weird ways students try to cheat the gaokao

06·11·2014

Every year up to nine million Chinese students take their gaokao exam The exam itself is held once a year and acts as a prerequisite for undergraduate courses in China.

As students finish this year’s exam period China Radio International has reported through Kotaku a number of the weird, wacky and ingenious ways students attempted to cheat the system. 

Highlights include one student from Shenyang who used a Google Glass-type homemade camera system. The device would take pictures of the paper and transmit them to a source on the outside.

In Sichuan Province, 40 students have been caught by police trying to use pens (with cameras built in) which would then transmit the exam paper to a source outside, who would then communicate the answer with the student via a built in ear-piece.

Perhaps the most intriguing case is one which involves a collection of old-style Nokia phones. Which when wired up to a t-shirt, uses the phones built in camera to send a live stream to another user who would respond with the correct answer via signals through the phones.

Camera glasses. Image courtesy of Chinanews.com on Kotaku.com

Camera glasses with ‘Shutter coin’.
Image courtesy of Chinanews.com on Kotaku.com

A camera built into a plastic drinks bottle.  Image courtesy of Chinanews.com on Kotaku.com

A camera built into a plastic drinks bottle.
Image courtesy of Chinanews.com on Kotaku.com

Mobile phones would be attached to vest, records students . Image courtesy of dfic.cn on Kotaku.com

Mobile phones would be attached to vest (See below) and records the exam paper.
Image courtesy of dfic.cn on Kotaku.com

Some of the high tech pens used to cheat. Camera built inside.  Image courtesy of Chinanews.com on Kotaku.com

Some of the high tech pens used to cheat. Camera built inside the pen lid.
Image courtesy of Chinanews.com on Kotaku.com

Audio receivers. Users would get their exam answers back through this method. Works with the pen. Image courtesy of Chinanews.com on Kotaku.com

Audio receivers. Users would get their exam answers back through this method. Works with the pen (Above).
Image courtesy of Chinanews.com on Kotaku.com

This electronic vest would send signals out. Users would get their exam answers back through this method. Works with the pen. Image courtesy of dfic.cn on Kotaku.com

This electronic vest would send signals out. Users would get their exam answers back through this method.
Image courtesy of dfic.cn on Kotaku.com

 

 

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