Pupils are being instructed to take away watches from their wrists earlier than taking GCSE and A-level exams, to fight dishonest.
Normally, college students are being instructed to put the timepieces on their desks, however invigilators can demand they’re left outdoors of the examination corridor.
The brand new rule was launched to forestall pupils making an attempt to go off smartwatches – which have lengthy been banned – as regular ones.
Some universities have already imposed related necessities.
The rule can be supposed to forestall examinees making an attempt to smuggle in notes folded up and positioned below regular watch faces.
Numerous watches explicitly marketed as dishonest gadgets may be discovered marketed on-line, together with on Amazon’s UK retailer.
Some work by urgent a button to switch a graphical illustration of a watch face with uploaded textual content, however others haven’t any digital show and work by enjoying audio to a small earpiece by way of a Bluetooth connection.
A number of examination centres had already launched their very own advert hoc watch bans.
However the JCQ’s transfer implies that most college college students sitting exams in England, Wales and Northern Eire are actually affected.
Though a few of the JCQ’s members award Scottish Highers, these exams aren’t lined by the change.
A spokesman for the organisation instructed the BBC that it had printed a video earlier this week to supply pupils with extra data.