As soon as you finish taking the GMAT, before you see your score, a question will appear that could seem tempting: “Would you like to cancel your GMAT score?” If an initial wave of panic rushes over you after finishing the test you might be wanting to cancel your GMAT score. But in most cases, you definitely should not cancel your score!
There are just a few instances where you should cancel the score; here are some of those cases:
1. You had poor time management and left a majority amount of questions blank. You could have spent way too much time on some questions which caused you to not be able to finish a section. If you left a few blank you shouldn’t panic and cancel your test but if you only were able to do a small fraction of the questions, this could be one of the few times where it is a good idea to cancel your score.
2. You had an illness that caused you to perform poorly. If you woke up in complete pain and could not perform up to your standards or if you had the flu which caused you to not focus. These would be one of the extreme cases where you should cancel your GMAT score.
3. You had a personal crisis that made it impossible for you to concentrate. If you just had a death in the family or another similar event that was more important than the GMAT. If this is the case you should consider cancelling your score.
There are also some reasons why shouldn’t you cancel the test:
If you think you should cancel your score for any other reason than listed above you are probably overreacting. The GMAT is a tough score to guess based on speculating your performance. The GMAT is an adaptive test, meaning that if you have gotten a question right the next question will be tougher, and the GMAT gives more points to difficult questions. This makes it tough for you to have a good perception of what your score will be.
If you do cancel your score, schools will see that you did and some schools could look down on it. Further, there is no guarantee that you will do better the next time and you might have done great, but just have convinced yourself otherwise. Also you might not be able to schedule it in time again, and you’ll have to pay the fee!
All in all, it’s very likely that you should NOT cancel your GMAT score!