170 retake, now cancel?

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cancel yes or no...dun dun

Poll ended at Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:53 pm

cancel
4
27%
don't cancel
10
67%
i have no idea
1
7%
 
Total votes: 15

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sophia.olive
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170 retake, now cancel?

Postby sophia.olive » Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:50 pm

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby Tanicius » Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:53 pm

sophia.olive wrote:im on the fence i got a 170 in december and just retook. i dont feel great about this one, a lot better than the december one, but not great. im factoring that fact that the december test was curved like crazy. should i cancel, i know i didnt get a 176 +, i think it will be right around 170-1-2-3-4. but the reward does not seem worth the risk of getting a 167-8-9. should i cancel. what do you think????


Any harm that may be done with "170, 168" will also be done with "170, Cancel". In both cases, either the adcomm will wonder why you haven't continued to try to get a score that supposedly reflects your ability, or they won't care at all. I say stick with it, because on the off chance you scored better, you'll be into some better schools, while the 170 you already have isn't going to be damaged by a 168.
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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby autarkh » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:00 pm

Unless you're targeting HYS, do this:

Identify the experimental section and eliminate it from consideration.

Based on your practice test averages and how well you think you did on each of the graded sections, estimate the best you could possibly have done in each. Add up the number wrong.

This is your best case scenario.

Now, based on that same PT average and intuition, try to estimate the worst you could possibly have done -- don't be unrealistic, but be harsh on yourself.

This is your worst case scenario.

Take the average of the two. Let's call this the "likely outcome." For simplicity, let's just say that there's a 50:50 shot you did better or worse than this.

Now, figure out what your score would be under a -9, -10, -11 and -12 curve.

How would you feel about getting your likely outcome on a -9 curve? On -12? Weigh the incremental benefits and costs of these results and think about it for 2 or 3 days. Then make a decision. Since you still have one more attempt, you should probably not be too risk averse. Most schools take the highest score and you can always write an addendum. A slight drop would be more of a soft factor whereas a slight increase could push you into the 99th percentile.
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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby sophia.olive » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:20 pm

with that method and a -10 curve. im thinking 167-174, so 170.5

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby sophia.olive » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:23 pm

thats whats driving me crazy

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby autarkh » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:24 pm

sophia.olive wrote:with that method and a -10 curve. im thinking 167-174, so 170.5


Which is about 171.

I retook, felt really ambivalent at first, but ultimately kept the score and did not regret it.

No one can make the decision for you. I would let the lingering emotion and stress pass and then think really hard about it. You have 7 days. I think it might be a worthwhile risk.
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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby uberzete » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:25 pm

Your life is over. With a 170 your not even going to get a look at t20. Stick to Thomas Cooley.

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby Aias » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:31 pm

I cancelled during the test today. I have a 169 and felt like a harsh curve would have really killed my chances of scoring any better and possibly resulted in a lower score.

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby sophia.olive » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:32 pm

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby 09042014 » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:34 pm

sophia.olive wrote:im on the fence i got a 170 in december and just retook. i dont feel great about this one, a lot better than the december one, but not great. im factoring that fact that the december test was curved like crazy. should i cancel, i know i didnt get a 176 +, i think it will be right around 170-1-2-3-4. but the reward does not seem worth the risk of getting a 167-8-9. should i cancel. what do you think????


sorry i posted twice on accident



I agree with the other poster a 170 167 = 170 cancel.

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby lawman335 » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:04 am

I better suggest you not to retake the test as 170 is good score, wat if u get less score when u retake the test .
U need to think about this.......

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby TheTopBloke » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:13 am

Cancel your score. No wait, cancel, then retake, then cancel again, yeah, that's it.

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby vanwinkle » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:17 am

Wait it out. If a 170 ends up being your highest score, the schools that will be in your range will take the highest score anyway. You don't gain anything by cancelling, but you do lose the potential for a higher score, which is why you retook in the first place.

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby vanwinkle » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:18 am

lawman335 wrote:I better suggest you not to retake the test as 170 is good score, wat if u get less score when u retake the test .
U need to think about this.......

Who are you?

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby kazu » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:22 am

vanwinkle wrote:
lawman335 wrote:I better suggest you not to retake the test as 170 is good score, wat if u get less score when u retake the test .
U need to think about this.......

Who are you?

He's been posting weird comments on a bunch of threads....

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby vanwinkle » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:26 am

kazu wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
lawman335 wrote:I better suggest you not to retake the test as 170 is good score, wat if u get less score when u retake the test .
U need to think about this.......

Who are you?

He's been posting weird comments on a bunch of threads....

So I've noticed...

09042014
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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby 09042014 » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:31 am

vanwinkle wrote:
kazu wrote:
vanwinkle wrote:
lawman335 wrote:I better suggest you not to retake the test as 170 is good score, wat if u get less score when u retake the test .
U need to think about this.......

Who are you?

He's been posting weird comments on a bunch of threads....

So I've noticed...


Probably a drunk idiot who is drinking away his pain for failing to reach a 145, judging by his ability to use entire words and punctuation. This isn't a literary paper, but come on. Respect your audience.

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby sophia.olive » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:17 am

lawman335 wrote:I better suggest you not to retake the test as 170 is good score, wat if u get less score when u retake the test .
U need to think about this.......



what, oh ok. i couldnt understand at first. maybe thats why im having trouble with RC. :P

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby TheWire » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:27 am

u said ur a URM...What kind? what gpa?

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby sophia.olive » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:31 am

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby BigA » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:36 am

Desert Fox wrote:Probably a drunk idiot who is drinking away his pain for failing to reach a 145, judging by his ability to use entire words and punctuation. This isn't a literary paper, but come on. Respect your audience.


Not that the OP was any better really.

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby 09042014 » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:39 am

BigA wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:Probably a drunk idiot who is drinking away his pain for failing to reach a 145, judging by his ability to use entire words and punctuation. This isn't a literary paper, but come on. Respect your audience.


Not that the OP was any better really.


Touche.

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Re: 170 retake, now cancel?

Postby sophia.olive » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:41 am

Touche touche, but obviously you dont understand the writing style of a young Bellow.




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