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Besides jamming phone signals, many schools will for the first time use face-recognition software, fingerprint verification and close-circuit cameras to combat cheating during the gaokao.
Separately, education authorities will monitor vehicles that transport test papers and track them with the Global Positioning System (GPS).
These high-tech measures - together with new legislation that criminalises exam-cheating - make this year's gaokao "the strictest ever", according to Chinese media reports.