This discussion is really helpful. I've got a +8 change between my two scores, but it would never have occurred to me that schools would want an addendum about it. Now I'll check each of my schools websites for their commentary and determine which ones want to see an explanation. I didn't get sick or anything before my first test, but work was unexpectedly busy in the weeks before and I didn't get to study as much as I had planned. I should have chosen not to take it, but it was a December test and I wanted to be considered for that cycle. In the end I had to wait another year, since my score sucked.
It's no mononucleosis; I just hope "poor judgement in taking the test in the first place" doesn't hurt my chances.
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I'm still a bit confused by this -- it sounds like we should write an addendum if we do have a large score increase (e.g. 8+ points), but yet we shouldn't write one that simply says "i studied more" or "i didn't panic during the test and screw up a LG", which is generally the real reason? I'm in a bit of a unique situation in that I took Oct '08, cancelled, took June, bombed it, and then just took October -- meaning I've taken it three times but will only have two scores. Does this mean in my addendum (which I'm guessing I'll almost certainly have to write) I'll have to address why I cancelled as well as why my score (hopefully) increased?
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