Scanning the cheats: China wards off hi-tech trickery in university exams

13 Jun 2015

Last weekend’s national college entrance exam – or gaokao – has a reputation as the world’s toughest.

And no wonder. Of the more than nine million students who take part, more than one-third will miss out on a college place, something that many mainlanders believe is a must for a well-paid career.

Sadly, the pressure to do well has resulted in a spate of cheating, including students hiring people to take the tests for them or turning to hi-tech devices which allow wireless communication during the tests.

Apart from double-checking identities and electronic monitoring, authorities have even employed drones that scan for wireless signals.

Photographers from ImagineChina, China Foto Press and CNS covered the exams.