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Miller Analogies Test History

The Miller Analogies Test history involves a few changes in the test administration and scoring but the structure of the test has stayed relatively intact in the years it has been in circulation.

The Beginning

The Miller Analogies Test was developed over 50 years ago to test higher order thinking, which indicates intelligence, learning, and educational success. While equating MAT test scores with IQ scores is not ideal, it can give an indication. In fact, high MAT scores are accepted for some high IQ societies such as Mensa. The analogies demonstrate verbal acuity as well as broad content knowledge over six major areas. The structure of the test “A is to B as C is to D” has remained unchanged over the years. While the deceptively simple structure of the test is easy to understand, the representative relationships between the terms and concepts can be very challenging. Being able to navigate the complex meanings and relationships is what makes the MAT a very good predictor of educational success from its beginning.


One change that has been made in the MAT is the switch from a paper-based test to a computer-based test and with it, the score reporting has evolved.  The raw score is not longer given but one that is normed with a baseline group who took the test in previous years.  This also enables Pearson to adjust for difficulty variations in the test due to differing terminology in the multiple versions of the exam.

Originally the test consisted of 100 analogies but that has increased to 120 on the exam.  The scoring is still based on 100 of the questions and the other 20 are experimental questions that may be used in future tests. The sticky thing is you don’t know which questions are experimental and which count, so always do your best to answer each question as though it will be counted.


This quick overview of the Miller Analogies Test history leads us up to today. The exam is widely administered and accepted among graduate schools all over the country. When looking into graduate school admissions, make sure to evaluate all of your options, but remember to consider the Miller Analogies Test as a qualifying exam for school.

About Lisa

I am a professional Book Geek, a.k.a. librarian, and love to both learn and educate. Serving students of all ages and all stages--I live for the “Ah Ha!” moment. I am a reference librarian at the Alamogordo Public Library and am ready to answer questions at a moment’s notice; never be afraid to ask! Remember: when all else fails, go to the library!

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