Archive | Analogy Types

5 Most Difficult MAT Questions

I hate to burst your bubble, but this post does not give you the insider trading secrets of the 5 most difficult MAT questions on the exam. Why? Because what is most difficult for you is actually quite personal. As you begin your study regimen, you’ll start to realize which types of questions are most […]

MAT Word Game Analogies, Part 4: Etymology and Usage

In the past few posts, we’ve built up a nice little inventory of word game analogies: special subtypes of question that you might encounter on the MAT. (Not sure what I mean by “word game analogy?” See this post for starters.) We’ve looked at some examples involving spelling, as well as a few involving pronunciation. […]

MAT Word Game Analogies, Part 3: Pronunciation

  In the last post in this series, we took a brief tour of an unusual but important type of MAT analogy: questions based on a word’s spelling, rather than its meaning. A similar class of analogies are built on the basis of pronunciation. As noted in their official publications, the MAT test makers will […]

MAT Word Game Analogies, Part 2: Spelling

  In a previous post, I pointed out a few ways that the MAT might construct an analogy based solely on spelling. Here’s a more detailed list of MAT spelling games, populated with fresh examples in each category. The analogy might be based on anagrams, words that are rearrangements of the same set of letters […]

MAT Word Game Analogies, Part 1

Some of the trickiest questions on the MAT are what we might call word game analogies. Although you won’t find this phrase in a Pearson publication, these are a distinct and important type of question that relies on the spelling, pronunciation, and usage of words rather than their meaning. These questions are, in essence, little […]

MAT Analogy Subcategories: Association Analogies

Previously, we covered semantic and classification analogies on the MAT. Now we are going to move into MAT association analogies. Association is the largest category on the Miller Analogies Test; it’s also where you’ll find the most diverse kinds of connections between terms. Because of this, association is capable of producing some really challenging analogies. How to […]

How the MAT Tests Math, Part 4: Geometry

We’re nearing the end of our introductory tour of MAT math. So far we’ve covered arithmetic, primes and divisibility (favorite topics of standardized tests everywhere), and a bit of algebra. Turning to geometry, you may be relieved to find that it’s the one math subtopic where the MAT’s structure really works in your favor. The […]

How the MAT Tests Math, Part 3: Algebra

In the past two posts, we’ve looked at the fundamentals of MAT math, covering both arithmetic and some basic number theory. This post picks back up with algebra, another important part of the Mathematics content area. As you might expect, MAT algebra problems can be tricky, since you have limited information to help you along. The […]