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Where to Find Official MAT Study Materials

Pearson, as the maker of the MAT, is the sole provider of official MAT study materials. There are three main resources for study: The Official MAT study guide, Official Candidate Information Booklet, and Official MAT Practice Tests. Let’s take a look at each one.

Official MAT study guide

Pearson’s study guide is a free resource to help students prepare for the MAT. It’s a short read, but it provides a detailed overview that is extremely useful to students studying for the MAT. It will explain how the questions are formatted and the basic rules of answering MAT questions.

Furthermore, the guide provides details on the major types of analogy relationships: semantic, classification, association, and logical/mathematical. It also discusses what sort of subject areas (i.e. humanities, math, etc.) are drawn from to create the analogies.

Lastly, it gives examples of several great question-answering strategies and ends with ten or so practice questions.

The guide is a great resource, and I would advise everyone to pay close attention to the types of relationships and the recommended question answering strategies.

Candidate Information Booklet

The booklet provides information beyond studying for the MAT. Most of the booklet covers other aspects of the exam, such as registration or score reporting. However, the first sections provide a great overview of the thinking behind the MAT, and the pg. 5 explanation of content areas is useful in helping you discover what you need to study.

Official MAT practice test

The practice tests are the only resource listed here that are not free; in fact, each individual practice exam costs $30 (USD). That being said, they are the gold standard of practice tests for the MAT; they provide the closest experience to the actual exam. Further, you maintain continued access to the exam even after taking it. This allows you to study your mistakes, learn new terms, and read explanations of questions direct from Pearson. If you can afford it, they are a valuable assessment tool.

About Bertrand

Bertrand is a remote tutor and a MAT blogger for Magoosh. He received a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and studied education theory at Rutgers Graduate School of Education. He has been studying and working in education since 2010. Born and raised in New Jersey, he now resides in Philadelphia. When he isn’t helping students study or writing blogs for Magoosh, he spends his time practicing mixed martial arts and reading as much as his schedule permits.

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