honestabe84 wrote:I posted this earlier in the thread, and I was hoping some of you would comment.
This poll has kind of got me concerned (despite the high percentage that said "no impact").
I have a 162 and a 164 currently in the books. I am now preparing for June and have been scoring around 169 on my PTs. While I think there is a very good chance that I will score at least 165, there is still a good chance that I could score less - I scored 3-4 points below my average on my first two attempts.
I'm currently 50/50 at two schools that I would be more than happy attending, and I would absolutely hate to score below my two former scores and ruin myself. Do I throw my chips on the table or do I cash out?
Retake the test. Isn't it too late to not have a "cancel" on your record anyways? A cancel would be just as bad as a score in the same range as your old scores.
I think what people are arguing here is whether someone with 165 166 168 will have a worse cycle than someone with 168. The answer is, maybe/sort of/depends. You are in a situation where there is very little risk to taking a third time, and a great chance of reward. If you hit a 169, you are in a whole new position. Sure, if you bomb it maybe
your chances go down to 40/60 at these two schools, but if you pick up 2 points I still think you are in a better position than you would have been.
The rewards of a decent increase are just too great at your range--169 is very different than a 164 for admissions/money and eventual job prospects. There should be zero doubt in your mind--just concentrate on doing well.