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What’s on the MAT?

The simple answer: there’s 120 analogies on the MAT. All of the questions are in the same format and there are no separate sections, like math. For wordsmiths, that’s good news! Read on to learn more about these analogous analogies and be like Hermione on your MAT!

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What types of Analogies are on the MAT?

Most analogies on the MAT can fall into one of four categories: semantic, classification, association, and logical/mathematical. Being intimately aware of these categories allows you to determine relationships between words more quickly, which can make all the difference as you take the Miller Analogies Test.

Why is time important on the MAT?

You have 60 minutes to complete the Miller Analogies Test. In a perfect world (which we know no such world exists…especially on standardized test day!) you have 30 seconds to spend on each question to complete the test on time. Now, some questions you will be able to solve in less than 30 seconds and others will take longer. The trick is not to linger on any one question too long. Keep moving because further along on the test there may be an analogy in which the relationship is clearer to you. You want to give yourself the opportunity to at least read and answer each question, so you are able to maximize your score.

Should I Answer Every Question on the MAT?

Yes. Even if you do not know the answer, you should use powers of elimination to get rid of any answers you are sure aren’t correct and then choose whatever you deem best from the remaining answers. This is because there is no penalty for wrong answers on the MAT. The only way you can score points on the Miller Analogies Test is to answer a question correctly. You will not be penalized for answering a question wrong, so give each analogy your best shot!

About Martine

Martine loves making life easier for Magoosh Students! She taught Test Prep Courses for five years and thoroughly enjoyed helping her students demystify standardized testing and application processes. A Catholic University of America graduate with a B.A. in Media Studies, Martine went on to pursue a certificate in Clinical Nutrition and Holistic Health. She has a never-ending sense of adventure which has led her on treks through northern Thailand, explorations of natural thermal pools in Spain, and overnight safaris in the Thar Desert. When she is not traveling, she loves to read, cook, and attend concerts.

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