# Author Archive | Michael Hartwell

• A fan of logic games, classic RPGs, and espresso (in no particular order), Michael likes to think of standardized tests as puzzles to be pulled apart and analyzed. He delights in showing students the trapdoors, pitfalls, and shortcuts that lurk in even the simplest of questions. When he isn't helping students navigate the GRE, GMAT, or MAT, Michael enjoys writing poetry, tinkering with microcontrollers, and taking long, leisurely hikes in the woods.

## 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 […]

## 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 […]

## How the MAT Tests Math, Part 2: Primes and Factors

In “How the MAT Tests Math, Part 1,” I laid the groundwork for understanding how the MAT does (and doesn’t) test math. This time, we’ll take a closer look at some of the math topics you’re most likely to see. Some of these will likely be familiar, but don’t be fooled. Because they have to […]

## How the MAT Tests Math, Part 1: Arithmetic

As I noted in a recent post comparing MAT to GRE, the MAT can’t test your math skills in the same way as a more traditional standardized test, such as the GRE or GMAT. Those two exams love charts (sometimes multiple charts per question!), diagrams (warning: not to scale!), and lengthy arithmetic. The MAT, in contrast, […]

## Is the MAT Easier than the GRE?

Suppose someone offered you the choice between an easy grad-school entrance exam and a harder exam. The exams count the same: you don’t get extra points or special consideration for doing well on the harder exam. Under those conditions, it would be a no-brainer to take the easier test, right? If your target school accepts […]

## How Do I Register for the MAT?

Your grad school application process is coming together, and you’ve found out that your target schools require the Miller Analogies Test. (Or, if you have an option, you’ve decided that the MAT is the graduate exam for you.) You’re getting to within a few months of your application deadlines, or maybe you just want to get it […]