GettingReady2010 wrote:lakerfanimal wrote:bk1 wrote:I think you're overthinking it. They care about their numbers, they only need to report the top score. Do they really want to read that you didn't prepare enough the first time? I don't think they do, I think they will use your other statements to glean what they can and if nothing else seems amiss, they will just consider your top score.
I could be wrong, but intuitively, in a process that cares almost entirely on numbers, that's how I look at it.
I've seen a couple of examples of people that did not write addendum at schools that seemed to suggest you write one (we encourage you to) and they still got in. I'm personally not writing one. I think if you don't have a great reason for your jump, better to have them wonder why (if they even care, I know Berkeley doesn't anymore and Northwestern doesn't either) then think you're someone who makes excuses.
This is what I was thinking to, but what do we know. We have no idea how adcomms think.
In retrospect, with it being mentioned about my 7 point increase within 3 tests, yes it makes more sense for me not too. I doubt with even one test. The excuses comment hit me too.
I don't think I'm going to write one unless they specifically ask for one on their website. If they do, then I will follow procedure and give them what they ask for.