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Exam cheating devices explode, perforate ears
(Shanghai Daily)
Updated: 2006-06-20 06:50

A walkie-talkie exploded under the clothes of a student who carried the device to cheat during the official English skill examination on Saturday, the Beijing Morning Post reported yesterday.

More cheaters were found in this year's College English Test Band 4 and Band 6 in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province.

In Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuchang campus, exam supervisors found more than 100 cheating devices and over 20 examinees suspected of cheating during the exam.

A mini-earphone perforated one student's eardrum during the exam. Some students lined up at the doctor's office after the exam when they realized the mini-earphones were stuck in their ears, news reports said.

A doctor in Hubei Province received six students in one day, all of whom had mini-earphones stuck in their eardrum. The doctor had to take them out using a pair of surgical pliers as one student pointed out that the devices were magnetic.

The students confessed they used the earphones to cheat on the exam, when the doctor asked them what it was for.

On the same day, another hospital in Hubei also hosted dozens of students with the same issue.

These students spent hundreds of yuan to purchase the earphones and exam answers. The retailer arranged experienced exam-takers to sit in on the testing, each of whom would finish one part of the exam and then send the answers to the retailer by micro-camera. The retailer then broadcast answers to the students via mini-earphone.


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