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The information regarding watches on my exam authorization is rather conflicting.

Top section: "1. No...watches....or any other electronic devices may be worn on the wrist. 3. The test site will have large timers available to keep track of time."

Bottom section: "Wear a watch and turn off the beeping function. Clocks are not always visible. Smart watches are prohibited."

Thoughts/experiences?

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DO NOT under ANY circumstances wear a fitness tracking device of any brand.  people were thrown out of the test in a couple states for that.  a non-digital watch to set on the table would be best.  

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Except at my location, if you had a watch (I agree, analog is best) had to be worn on the wrist! It couldn't be put on the table.

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Thanks guys. You'd think they'd be a little more clear on the subject. But I will bring an analog watch and put it where I am told lol.

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Is this from NCEES or the State rules? Also which State?

Maryland had a fitbit fiasco a few years ago (referenced above) and they now forbid all jewelry.

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I wore a very simple digital watch with a stop watch.  As soon as they said 'start', I started my stopwatch.  All beeping sounds were turned off.  It stayed on my wrist.  Did this for 8 hr, CA-Seismic, CA-Survey, and FE.    

I still swear to this day that they called stop exactly one minute early on my CA-Survey Exam.  :o/  

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Mine just says: "Wear a watch and turn off the beeping function. Clocks are not always visible. Smart watches are prohibited."

I'll be wearing a regular analog watch. Most of my watches are automatic mechanical action (no battery) so those ones are truly electronics free. :P

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In CA they won't allow you to put your wristwatch on table. Only a tableclock can be put on table. 

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If you accidentally stroll in with a forbidden device and you're too far from your car/hotel, they should have an "amnesty box" where you can leave gadgets, phones, fitness trackers, and (gasp!) unapproved calculators. So don't stress too much, if you're not looking for trouble neither are the proctors, probably.

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14 hours ago, Mohican said:

In CA they won't allow you to put your wristwatch on table. Only a tableclock can be put on table. 

Good ol' CA regulations.... :P LMFAO!

 

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On 4/3/2018 at 1:25 PM, RBHeadge PE said:

Is this from NCEES or the State rules? Also which State?

Maryland had a fitbit fiasco a few years ago (referenced above) and they now forbid all jewelry.

I guess it would be NCEES. Yes, it's in MD. 

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On 4/5/2018 at 7:41 AM, breezy_moto said:

I guess it would be NCEES. Yes, it's in MD. 

When in doubt: follow the more restrictive instructions.

The bottom section of the authorization is the boilerplate instructions. The boxed top section is the state or site specific instructions. They don't always agree.

You can find a few other tips here:

 

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Watches real bad.  You could try this instead  hqdefault.jpg

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On 4/3/2018 at 9:28 PM, ptatohed said:

I wore a very simple digital watch with a stop watch.  As soon as they said 'start', I started my stopwatch.  All beeping sounds were turned off.  It stayed on my wrist.  Did this for 8 hr, CA-Seismic, CA-Survey, and FE.    

I still swear to this day that they called stop exactly one minute early on my CA-Survey Exam.  :o/  

Ptatohed, what brand of watch did you use? I just realized the cheap Casio F91W watch I bought, the stopwatch feature only goes up to 60mins before it resets. I'd like to hit the stopwatch and have it go up to 4hrs like you mentioned. 

I never wear watches so I don't know anything about em, but can anyone recommend an affordable one that the stopwatch feature can go up to 4hrs? 

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3 hours ago, medieval_pancake said:

Ptatohed, what brand of watch did you use? I just realized the cheap Casio F91W watch I bought, the stopwatch feature only goes up to 60mins before it resets. I'd like to hit the stopwatch and have it go up to 4hrs like you mentioned. 

I never wear watches so I don't know anything about em, but can anyone recommend an affordable one that the stopwatch feature can go up to 4hrs? 

m_p, I don't remember the model number, sorry.  I can try to find it.... I'll think about where I put the watch.  I do think it was a Casio though.  Does your F91W have a countdown timer?  You can set it at 4 hours and have it count down.  Do make sure the alarm/beeping is turned off though.  

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15 hours ago, medieval_pancake said:

Ptatohed, what brand of watch did you use? I just realized the cheap Casio F91W watch I bought, the stopwatch feature only goes up to 60mins before it resets. I'd like to hit the stopwatch and have it go up to 4hrs like you mentioned. 

I never wear watches so I don't know anything about em, but can anyone recommend an affordable one that the stopwatch feature can go up to 4hrs? 

m_p, you are right about the F91W.  Yikes, that kinda blows.  

I found the watch I used for the exam, in my drawer.  :) It is a Casio DB-36.  

I'd recommend the DB-36 or:

W800H-1AV for $18

or

F201WA-1A for $10.50

or

W201AV-1AV for $12

or

W96H-1BV for $16

 

There a handful of choices under $20.  Good luck!

 

 

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12 hours ago, ptatohed said:

m_p, you are right about the F91W.  Yikes, that kinda blows.  

I found the watch I used for the exam, in my drawer.  :) It is a Casio DB-36.  

I'd recommend the DB-36 or:

W800H-1AV for $18

or

F201WA-1A for $10.50

or

W201AV-1AV for $12

or

W96H-1BV for $16

 

There a handful of choices under $20.  Good luck!

 

 

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I got the W201 but I couldn’t find a mute feature. There’ll be a little beep when I start the stopwatch.  Do any experienced test takers see that being an issue? I can cough when I hit it lol

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I've worn the F91W the previous two times I took the test (in Missouri) and have not had any issues with it being digital or the beep when the stop watch starts.  I believe they are more worried if you have an alarm that goes off at 3:30 or something and beeps until you turn it off, which could be distracting to others. 

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11 hours ago, bellalshaaban said:

I got the W201 but I couldn’t find a mute feature. There’ll be a little beep when I start the stopwatch.  Do any experienced test takers see that being an issue? I can cough when I hit it lol

Now that you mention it, I don't think I was able to turn off the one chirp/beep it makes when you start the stop watch.  I think you'll be ok.  

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The NCEES Examinee Guide (https://ncees.org/wp-content/uploads/ExamineeGuide_January-2018.pdf) defines what is allowed and what isn't:

 

Page 23/34 identifies what is/isn't allowed - wristwatches/small clocks are allowed.  What clearly is not allowed are smart watches, calculator watches, and any type of watch capable of recording/transmitting.

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22 hours ago, bellalshaaban said:

I got the W201 but I couldn’t find a mute feature. There’ll be a little beep when I start the stopwatch.  Do any experienced test takers see that being an issue? I can cough when I hit it lol

Depends on how strict the proctors are. One guy had a watch that made a soft chirp on the hour. It went off four times during the morning session and the proctors let it go. My guess is that everyone within 30' could hear it.

Before the start of the afternoon session they approached him and asked him to turn off the sound. It was a cheap drug-store watch and he very quickly offered to throw away the watch. He was clearly stressed out. Instead the proctors had him store it with the other watches and electronics that were accidentally brought into the room and surrendered during the grace period. Those items were stored at the front of the room to be reclaimed after the test. The proctors were much more lenient that they should/could have been per the rules. Do you want to risk it?

It may also be possible to mechanically permanently disable the chirp... with a safety pin.

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I know the exam is over, but posting for future exams: Maryland did not allow ANY WATCHES or arm jewelry of ANY TYPE (except medical) to be worn. One of the proctors even checked a girl who was wearing a hair tie on her wrist. 

Four or so big digital countdown timers were placed at the front of the room, I don't think anyone had an issue seeing them. 

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13 hours ago, shmoe said:

I know the exam is over, but posting for future exams: Maryland did not allow ANY WATCHES or arm jewelry of ANY TYPE (except medical) to be worn. One of the proctors even checked a girl who was wearing a hair tie on her wrist. 

Four or so big digital countdown timers were placed at the front of the room, I don't think anyone had an issue seeing them. 

Yep. The timers were nice to have! But I'm still butthurt I spent $11 on a watch from Amazon :laugh: It shouldn't be that hard to make the rules more clear on the exam authorization.

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We were allowed to wear watches in Northern CA FWIW.

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I was in Austin exam location, the watches were totally fine, but for the clock, I remembered it was not visible for me. 

They provided vocal reminders, at least 3 I think, 1 hr, 15min and 5min.

 

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