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Drones at College Entrance Exams in China Used to Detect Cheating

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 Jun 2015 12:44 PM

A drone monitored students taking a college entrance exam in China on Sunday, searching for signs of cheating or smuggled devices being used.

The drone flew over two National College Entrance Exam testing locations in Luoyang city in central China’s Henan province, according to a Henan province news website via The Associated Press.

Luoyang’s Radio Supervision and Regulation Bureau Lan Zhigang told the AP the cost of the six-propeller flying device was tens of thousands of dollars. The drone is approximately the size of a gas station pump from propeller end to propeller end.

“A drone has its advantages,” Lan said. “In an urban area full of tall buildings, various barriers limit the operating range of devices on ground, while the drone can rise up to 500 meters (1,640 feet) and detect signals over the whole city.”

The two- to three-day exams are required for all high school graduates and determine which level of university the student may enter. More than 9 million students began the exam Sunday, the AP reported.

Many students spend months, sometimes even years, studying for the Gaokao, also referred to as the “Battle to Determine Fate,” according to CNTV.

Education consulting firm Intialview CEO Terry Crawford told CNTV, “It's one chance that everyone gets to get into the college of their dreams.”

The exam covers science and mathematics, but also has essay questions as well.

Those who fail the test may opt to take another year of school or obtain a low-paying, blue-collar job, according to the AP.

Cheating is not uncommon. CNTV reported that, in recent years, the rate of cheating has increased.

Cases of selling supposed answers, hiring proxy test-takers, and using communication devices have all been found, according to the AP. Cheaters can be prohibited from testing for up to three years.

Since late May, more than 20 people have been arrested for attempting to cheat, the Education Ministry told the AP.

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