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To GMAT Experts:

I just took my first exam yesterday, and I am debating whether I should cancel or keep my score.

I accepted my score (670/ V34, Q48, IR7) at the test center on the test day, mainly because I was happy with my IR score and wanted to get my AWA score as well. I was originally going to cancel any score below 690, which was average of my two mock tests, but 670 seemed acceptable with IR 7. Regardless, overall score is way below my target score of 730+, so I plan to retake within 1~2 months.

My question: would it be worth keeping the score (below target score) for IR and AWA?

The reason I am debating is because I am afraid if having 670 on the record will leave any negative impression on admission committee (say, M7), even if my scores show an improving trend. For example, is there any difference in how admissions think of a score record of 670-710-750 or 700-730-750?

Reading from some forum posts, I figure there should not be much difference, but I would still appreciate some thoughts! Thank you!
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Given that Business schools can no longer see the canceled scores, it makes no point that should not cancel your score. The bigger question is how sure are you that you would get a 730+ in your second attempt in 1-2 months. If you are confident enough, then you can very well cancel your current score. More importantly, most business schools do not emphasize a lot on the IR and AWA score. All the best.

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Hi amysong,

First off, a 670/Q48 is a strong score - and it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. In general, Business Schools do not care if applicants take the GMAT more than once, so having this Score on your record shouldn't be an issue. Assuming you were to raise this Score and hit your Goal Score, then you can actually use the two Scores to your advantage (your commitment to work harder and earn a higher Score is a character trait that you can use to 'market yourself' to the Admissions Committees).

As it stands, you're closer to a 730+ than you probably realize, but you will likely have to make some significant adjustments to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Before we can discuss how you might best proceed, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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New post 23 Feb 2019, 18:29
Hello amysong ... welcome to the community.

I wouldnot cancel the score. A definite 'NO' .

First of all , 670 is not a bad score.
In ur next attempt if you improve... good .... it shows your progress
If you score below 670, cancel the 2nd one and try again ... for obvious reasons.
Remember , B-schools donot penalize for multiple attempts. Moreover, they generally consider the highest overall score.

Hope this helps !!
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amysong wrote:
To GMAT Experts:

I just took my first exam yesterday, and I am debating whether I should cancel or keep my score.

I accepted my score (670/ V34, Q48, IR7) at the test center on the test day, mainly because I was happy with my IR score and wanted to get my AWA score as well. I was originally going to cancel any score below 690, which was average of my two mock tests, but 670 seemed acceptable with IR 7. Regardless, overall score is way below my target score of 730+, so I plan to retake within 1~2 months.

My question: would it be worth keeping the score (below target score) for IR and AWA?

The reason I am debating is because I am afraid if having 670 on the record will leave any negative impression on admission committee (say, M7), even if my scores show an improving trend. For example, is there any difference in how admissions think of a score record of 670-710-750 or 700-730-750?

Reading from some forum posts, I figure there should not be much difference, but I would still appreciate some thoughts! Thank you!
670 is a good score. Keep it. That "improving trend" you mentioned is actually a nice thing to show your target schools.

Even if your score doesn't change much, taking the GMAT again still sends a good "signal". A higher score on the second attempt would, of course, be the best outcome.
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New post 26 Feb 2019, 11:41
Hi amysong,

If you are concerned about admissions seeing a lower score on your record (assuming you eventually hit a 730), then just cancel your score. If you end up needing the score later, you can always reinstate it.

That said, do you need advice on how to move forward with your retake?

Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT
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New post 25 Mar 2019, 06:20
Hi amysong,

670 is not a bad score. But, if you feel you can do better you should definitely give GMAT a try again. You can cancel the score now. Even if you need to access this score later, you can reinstate it. Learn more about cancelling and reinstating your GMAT score.

If you need any help in planning your retake feel free to reach out to us at support@-gmat.com or PM me, referencing this post.

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