- Take Manhattan GMAT's online course. Soni thinks this is “the closest to the real thing” though the verbal test is “too difficult”.
- Use GMAT Prep well. Soni took it three times and on the third take he scored 780.
On GMAT break-downs:
- Quantitative Test - though combinatorics can be overblown, they’re actually very rare in the test. Having said that a strong affinity for maths is needed.
- Verbal Test - get help from Manhattan GMAT's Sentence Correction guide, which teaches you a lot of the intricacies of the English language such as comparisons, modifiers and pronoun placement.
On Test Day:
- Apart from the usual get-up-early and never-be-late clichés, Soni didn't spend too much time on difficult questions in the quantitative text as about 10 of them are experimental and therefore won't count.
- Apparently some lucky guesses on multiple-choice, plus energy bars and Starbucks also helped. The test is four hours.
Last but not the least:
- Study quant basics to death. Don't practice difficult combinatorics and probability questions unless you are 100 per cent confident in your basic quant abilities.
- Don't be afraid to guess when the quant question is beyond your abilities – save time for other questions you know you are capable of.
- Finally, take each GMATPrep test at least twice, preferably three times to get comfortable with the format of the exam.