In our last two posts, we gave you all the reasons you should almost never cancel your score. In this post, we will discuss the reasons why, sometimes and very rarely, canceling your score is a bad idea. So, when should you cancel your score?
You were sick. If you wake up on test day with a 100+ degree fever, or if you are coughing throughout the entire testing experience, or if you get food poisoning, you probably will not do your best on the test. If you decide to take the test in spite of your fever or coughing fit and you feel like it impaired you from doing as well as you could on the test, then it might be a good idea to cancel your score.
You did not finish each section. If you leave a lot of questions unanswered at the end of a section, your chances of hitting your target score are very low. The more questions you leave unanswered, the fewer points you will be able to earn to boost your score. This nearly always translates to a low score. Cancel your score, reassess your time management strategies, and take the test again later.
You randomly guessed on a significant majority of the questions. If you found yourself randomly guessing on a significant number of the questions, you might want to consider canceling your score. Keep in mind that there is a significant difference between random guessing and educated guessing. If you randomly guess on questions, your odds of being correct are approximately 20%. If, however, you are able to narrow down the choices to two, your odds of being correct have increased to 50%. If, however, you did not know the answer to the majority of the questions on the test, canceling your score might be your best bet.
You were unable to concentrate or focus. Was there something else on your mind for the entirety of the test? Did you just get in a fight with your wife or just find out some concerning news about a family member? Are you anticipating a big, exciting event like a wedding and unable to focus on the task at hand? If you found yourself zoning out for a significant portion of the GMAT, you might want to consider canceling your score. It’s hard to do well when your primary focus is not on taking the test.
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