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So, I'm scheduled to take my second attempt at the GMAT tomorrow at 10:30am. My first attempt was back in November, and I figured that trying again before the GMAT changes was my best bet. Ohhhh... could that be further from the truth (in my situation, anyway).
I initially scheduled my second attempt for February, leaving me enough time for a third attempt before the change if I needed it. Then, life got in the way. My father had a stroke in February, and since I was the only one that had lots of free time (jobless right now), I was appointed as my father's main caretaker - making sure he ate one time, took his medications, and took him out on day trips. He wasn't severely impacted by the stroke - he only lost partial vision in his right eye. However, he was so depressed. So, I rescheduled for May.
My father's health suddenly took a turn for the worse in March... issues totally unrelated to the stroke a month prior. He went to the Emergency Room complaining of abdominal pain... and less than 2 days later, passed away from severe septic shock. The cause is still unknown.
I haven't been able to study properly since my father passed away. I studied a lot for my first attempt, but since my father's stroke, I haven't even been able to touch a prep book. I sit at my desk for hours, with my books open, but whatever I try to read or absorb - it just disappears.
I don't really know what to do. I know I'm incredibly unprepared for tomorrow. I doubt I will get a score much higher (if higher at all). But, I figure I'll at least try, and worst case scenario, retake again in a few months.
By the way, my first attempt was a 610 (Q44 V31 AWA6.0). My goal score is above 700. Tomorrow, if I do worse, should I cancel my score on the spot? Or will schools look unfavorably upon self-cancelled scores at the same level as getting a low score reported?