The Miller Analogies Test format is covered in depth in both the Candidate Information Booklet and the Official MAT Study guide. Students studying for the MAT will want to read and familiarize themselves with both of these. The following covers some of the key points.
MAT Format — Questions
There are 120 questions on the Miller Analogies Test. Each question is in the form of an incomplete analogy:
Love : Red :: Emotion : (a. blue b. color c. fear d. emotive)
It will be up to you to determine which two of the three given terms form a relationship pair, and then you must select a fourth term that creates a matching relationship:
Love is an emotion; red is a color (b).
In this case, the relationship is based on category or classification: one term belongs to the other.
If we use the following numbers to represent all analogies, 1 : 2 :: 3 : 4, there are two possible relationships:
- 1 : 2 and 3 : 4
- 1 : 3 and 2: 4
- It will never be 1 : 4 and 2: 3
This is important to remember since it will prevent you from trying to connect terms that absolutely will not be made to relate.
In terms of content, MAT analogies may quiz you on any knowledge area appropriate for undergraduate study: English, mathematics, history, etc. You can find a full list in the candidate information booklet.
MAT Format — Difficulty
The MAT increases in difficulty as you move through the exam. Each 40 questions represents an increase: 1-40 (easy), 41-80 (medium), 81-120 (hard).
MAT Format — Scoring
Out of 120 question, only 100 count towards your final score. Each question is worth the same amount of points; in terms of score, an easy question is worth the same amount of points as a hard one. This has important implications for test taking strategy; it’s especially beneficial since there is no penalty for guessing, skipping, or incorrect answers on the MAT. This means students can use guessing to maximize their potential score.
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