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Cancelled my score [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 18:11
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So I took the GMAT today and it was a disaster.

I have a fever and didn't sleep much last night so I took the 8 minute break after AWA & IR to go to the restroom.

Being an idiot, I didn't keep an accurate track of the time, ended up losing a minute on Quant, and everything just went downhill from there.

I panicked on the first question, and took too much time on the ones that followed trying to catch up. I ended up completing only 24 questions before time expired.

Verbal, I probably guessed 5 or 6 at the end. I was so rattled by my Quant performance that I never really recovered.

I had only really prepared for about 10-14 days, and that too, didn't practice many problems, but I scored 650 on a GMATPrep test yesterday (41Q,37V), so I thought it was worth taking the risk.

I know cancelling scores looks terrible on a score report but in light of how badly the test went, I think I made the correct decision.......right?

I'm going to start over in a day or two. I had planned to apply Round 2 to a bunch of schools next week but obviously that's not going to happen.

I guess I'm just looking for advice on how to reflect on this performance and prepare for next time, which will have to be relatively soon because its very likely I am going to have to apply R3 to most schools.
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Re: Cancelled my score [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2013, 21:59
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It is fine - do not worry about it.
things happen and sometimes you may need to reschedule. It is actually not bad either way (canceled or low score), which if an admissions committee has a brain, they will equate but will figure something unusual took place, so nothing to get hung up on. However, as I said - do not worry about it at all.

The adcom will ask for the score
You will put the highest score into your application.
They will verify that you indeed have that score (one of their student workers most likely)
That's it. Only if you are very similar to a large pool of applicants will they dig into your score reports and look at it, which again, don't think is an issue at all.

So, get some sleep - feel better and good luck next month!
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Re: Cancelled my score [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2013, 21:20
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It is fine - do not worry about it.
things happen and sometimes you may need to reschedule. It is actually not bad either way (canceled or low score), which if an admissions committee has a brain, they will equate but will figure something unusual took place, so nothing to get hung up on. However, as I said - do not worry about it at all.

The adcom will ask for the score
You will put the highest score into your application.
They will verify that you indeed have that score (one of their student workers most likely)
That's it. Only if you are very similar to a large pool of applicants will they dig into your score reports and look at it, which again, don't think is an issue at all.

So, get some sleep - feel better and good luck next month!


Thanks for the encouragement bb.

I'm actually thinking I should take a bit longer to ensure I score 700+.

I'm thinking of signing up for a class. Since I was scoring about 650 after 2 weeks of prep, which would you recommend?

I'm leaning towards Manhattan GMAT but I'm also considering Veritas Prep. Your thoughts on this?
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Re: Cancelled my score [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2013, 21:55
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I think both classes are strong and quite good taking into consideration the new revised Veritas Books.

I would take a look at the instructors and see if you can make your choice based on the instructor reviews here: http://gmatclub.com/reviews/highest-rat ... nstructors

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