Is The HSC Really Less Stressful With A Timer Strapped To Your Wrist?

When taking your HSC -- or what ever the relevant government is calling it these days -- the last thing you want is your university dreams dashed because you ran out of time. So for $US40 this Testing Timer watch has a very specific purpose -- keeping you on time and on pace to finish every question in the allotted time frame.

Designed as specific versions for standardised SAT tests in the US, the watches feature various indicators and countdown timers that let the testee know how much time they've got for a given section, and the overall exam. A simple set of control buttons let's the user jump around from section to section, and the watch meets with all the criteria (at least in the US, anyway) so it can actually be worn in the testing room -- not just during preparations. Staying on top of the time and your progress is definitely a great idea, but having a constant reminder to hurry up sounds even more stressful than that annoying final Jeopardy jingle.

[Testing Timers via The Gadgeteer]



    Stopwatch and timer functions are against the VCAA rules (Victoria).

      Huh, I wonder why that is. Perhaps they'd be used to contest total examination time (ex: "We should end in 60 seconds, not now." etc)

      Also against HSC (NSW) rules. Not even allowed to wear a wrist watch, it must be sat on the table infront of you and not touched the entire exam.

    Ahh! HSC in 4 days!! Why am I reading articles on Gizmodo when I really should be preparing for the exams??!

    I honestly doubt it. There's so much useless stress surrounding it that this watch won't make a difference. Might make you more stressful since you'll keep looking at it.

    I work better under pressure. In fact, I can ONLY work under pressure.
    Too bad we have to "hand-in programmable watches to exam supervisors before the exam starts." :(

    There's only one problem, in the HSC you are asked to take off your watch before entering the exam hall; doesn't matter if it's analogue or digital, it has to come off otherwise they can mark you as 'non compliant' to the BoS exam regulations

    Last edited 11/10/12 8:49 pm

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