There are two steps to prioritize Miller Analogies Test study topics:
1) Familiarize yourself with the types of the relationships the analogies test
2) Review vocabulary
In this post you’ll find the different types of relationships you will be expected to recognize along with helpful places to find MAT vocabulary lists!
Learn MAT Analogy Relationship Types:
Here are the four MAT Analogy Relationship Types with a description of each:
- Semantic- meaning, definition, synonym, antonym, contrast, degree, intensity,word parts, expressions
- Classification- hierarchy, classification, category, membership, whole/part
- Association- object/characteristic, order, sequence, transformation, agent/object,creator/creation, function, purpose
- Logical/Mathematical- mathematical equivalence, letter or sound patterns
Begin by practicing analogies. Beside each question write what type of relationship you believe the words have. Once you become confident in the different types of relationships you are looking for it becomes much easier to determine the correct answer. This is especially true when two terms seem to have no obvious connection.
For instance, analogies that fall into the logical category may have no immediate relation:
Emit: Time ( ) : Rope
Though there is no relation in the words’ meanings, you can rearrange the letters in ‘emit’ to spell ‘time.’ Therefore, the answer must be d, as the letters in ‘rope’ can be rearranged to spell ‘pore.’ When you can quickly recognize each analogy type it will be much easier to choose the correct answer.
You can find examples of each type of analogy here.
Choose a Vocabulary List
MAT Vocabulary list can help to focus your study. Divide the list up into sections of 20 words at a time. Master those 20 words and then move on. This can make the process of conquering a list more manageable. Here you can find some excellent MAT vocabulary lists to choose from!
Don’t forget that vocabulary doesn’t only need to come from lists! Daily reading, listening podcasts, and watching television can all provide exposure to new and useful words. Be on the look out everyday for unfamiliar words you come across!