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New post 21 Sep 2009, 06:59
I took the GMAT on Saturday and due to some personal issues was unable to focus, so I decided to cancel my score as soon as the test was over. In retrospect, perhaps I should have viewed it regardless, but I didn't want to have a score on my record that was not nearly reflective of my ability (have been scoring in the low 700's on MGMAT and GMAT Prep) and I know I was nowhere near that on exam day.

How do schools view cancelled scores? Better/Worse than having a low score?

Thoughts if I should explain/mention this in my essays?

Thanks a lot in advance for any insight.
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ariel wrote:
I took the GMAT on Saturday and due to some personal issues was unable to focus, so I decided to cancel my score as soon as the test was over. In retrospect, perhaps I should have viewed it regardless, but I didn't want to have a score on my record that was not nearly reflective of my ability (have been scoring in the low 700's on MGMAT and GMAT Prep) and I know I was nowhere near that on exam day.

How do schools view cancelled scores? Better/Worse than having a low score?

Thoughts if I should explain/mention this in my essays?

Thanks a lot in advance for any insight.


I don't think you should worry about it, Just focus on retaking the exam. If you score well on the exam I don't even think you need to address it at all. Shoo, if you get a good GMAT score, even a bad score doesn't need to be addressed, canceled scores are even lower on the list.
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GoBruins to the rescue as usual ;) Thanks so much!

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Ariel, take a look over here: gmat-score-guide-to-gmat-scores-score-reports-83890.html

Most schools do not care about either a very low score or a canceled score - I'd say both are equal.
You are going to retake anyway, so usually not recommended to cancel the score, even if you feel you are scoring a 250.

Also, see this thread for retakers: should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html
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New post 25 Sep 2009, 07:02
I'd say it depends on school. You should ask each school on its policy on cancelled score.
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New post 25 Sep 2009, 07:40
Thanks, bb and arammug.

bb, the post you have put together for retakers is invaluable, thank you for sharing :)
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