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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?

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New post 18 May 2012, 02:45
I don't know the totality of your situation, obviously.

But this goes to show that there are things far, far more important than a person's GMAT performance.

Whatever happens, you're a grand individual for your sacrifices for your father. Whether you were expected to do what you did is irrelevant. You did it, you were there when someone needed you.

Sure, that really will help you little in getting into the business school you want. You've already shown your value by your actions in the last few months, though. Whether you score 750+ or you tank it, you've already proven you're an individual of great worth for society.
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