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# When to cancel your score vs. when to keep it?

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27 Dec 2018, 17:11
I'm taking the GMAT for the first time. The schools I'm applying to have a 700 avg score or higher. If I get lower than that, should I still submit it or cancel?

I have a second test date scheduled so I'm going to retake the test regardless, but who knows if I'll end up scoring lower on the second one. Which is why I ask... How much lower than your target school's avg GMAT score warrants cancelling it? 20 points? 50 points? Never?

Follow up question: If a school sees two scores, one within their range and one below it, does the one below have any negative affect?

If not, I feel like I might as well submit this first test regardless, just so I have something on the board. After all, it could be my highest one.
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27 Dec 2018, 17:43
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Ok ..... definitely keep the first score..... now in the 2nd is more or equal keep it.... it shows improvement and more specifically that you are trying to improve. Most schools do not mind multiple attempts and they generally consider the highest score.

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27 Dec 2018, 19:58
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Jeremy123456 wrote:
I'm taking the GMAT for the first time. The schools I'm applying to have a 700 avg score or higher. If I get lower than that, should I still submit it or cancel?

I have a second test date scheduled so I'm going to retake the test regardless, but who knows if I'll end up scoring lower on the second one. Which is why I ask... How much lower than your target school's avg GMAT score warrants cancelling it? 20 points? 50 points? Never?

Follow up question: If a school sees two scores, one within their range and one below it, does the one below have any negative affect?

If not, I feel like I might as well submit this first test regardless, just so I have something on the board. After all, it could be my highest one.
Keep it irrespective of the score.

I was scoring close to 700 before i took my first gmat; ended up with 590 in official gmat . Since we have 2 minutes to decide, i cancelled it but when i reached home i was confused whether i had scored 590 or 690. So i reinstated it . I knew I wasn't going to score less than 590 hence i kept it and eventually scored 700 in the next attempt.

Dont go with a score in mind, just give the gmat. It is common to falter in the first attempt(you can check gmatclub for stories), hence it is ok to take multiple attempts and show an implicit improvement to the school.
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27 Dec 2018, 20:13
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Jeremy123456 wrote:
I'm taking the GMAT for the first time. The schools I'm applying to have a 700 avg score or higher. If I get lower than that, should I still submit it or cancel?

I have a second test date scheduled so I'm going to retake the test regardless, but who knows if I'll end up scoring lower on the second one. Which is why I ask... How much lower than your target school's avg GMAT score warrants cancelling it? 20 points? 50 points? Never?

Follow up question: If a school sees two scores, one within their range and one below it, does the one below have any negative affect?

If not, I feel like I might as well submit this first test regardless, just so I have something on the board. After all, it could be my highest one.
I'd keep it even if it's significantly below 700, and then try to get a better score on the retake. It's always nice to see an improvement, and I think schools also like to see an applicant give it another shot if the first score was not competitive.

That said, if for any reason you are uncomfortable with (say) a 600 on your score report, keep in mind that a cancellation can always be undone.
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29 Dec 2018, 18:00
Hi Jeremy123456,

Since you are able to reinstate any canceled score, the safest move would be to cancel your first score (unless you knock the GMAT out of the park) and, if necessary, reinstate that score. Taking that approach should alleviate your concerns.

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