The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) assesses the analytical thinking ability of graduate school candidates — an ability that is critical for success in both graduate school and professional life. The MAT helps graduate schools identify candidates whose knowledge and abilities go beyond mere memorizing and repeating information.
Administered in just 60 minutes, the MAT is an excellent option for candidates applying to any of the hundreds of graduate programs that accept MAT scores.
Preparing for the MAT
The MAT involves general academic knowledge and analytical skills acquired over years of study and learning, so cramming will not provide much value. Instead, it’s important to get familiar with the structure of the MAT:
The test consists solely of 120 partial analogies and must be completed in 60 minutes. The test measures general knowledge about the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social science. Of the 120 questions, 100 of them will count towards the final score and the other 20 are experimental. Test takers will not know which of the questions are experimental.
The relationship types included in the MAT include semantic, classification, association, and logical/mathematical. Test takers are encouraged to pace themselves and skip difficult questions before coming back to them (there are no breaks when taking the MAT). Points are not deducted for wrong answers, so test takers should make sure to at least attempt to answer every question.
The MAT is designed to test general and academic knowledge and analytical skills that have been acquired over a long period of time; cramming before the test will do little good. When taking the exam, a common strategy used is to read each of the three terms given and, before looking at the answer options, attempt to think of what the fourth term should be. While it may be possible to come up with more than one final term that may seem to fit, there is always only a single valid and logical relationship between the pairs of terms.
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The MAT can be taken at more than 500 testing centers in the United States. Test takers can register for the MAT at the MAT website. During registration, a testing center will be selected, and test takers should be mindful that each testing center determines both its own fees for taking the MAT as well as its testing schedule.
The testing fee includes up to three official transcripts that will be mailed to selected institutions at no additional cost, though those recipients must be designated when the test is taken in order to avoid incurring additional fees. If more than three transcripts need to be sent, additional fees will be incurred (currently $25 per transcript and subject to change).
When taking the MAT, test takers are not allowed to have personal items with them. Other than identification, the only other item that test takers would need to bring with them would be a piece of paper with the address of the school they want the scores sent to if the test taker feels that they are not listed in among the MAT School Codes. This paper will need to be inspected by testing center staff.
Test takers with disabilities are able to request special testing accommodations. Most testing centers are able to make accommodations, so anyone requiring them should contact their preferred testing center directly many weeks before the scheduled exam date, as the materials must be received six weeks prior to the testing date. Documentation will need to be provided to MAT detailing the types of accommodations required, and there is no additional charge for taking the exam with accommodations.
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