The Army uses the MAT for ROTC to test future cadet’s critical thinking skills. In addition to the Miller Analogies Test, cadets also sit for the Collegiate Learning Assessment and the Cadet Development exam. These tests help to place cadets in their future regiment, branch, and component.
Has the Army always used the MAT for ROTC?
No. The Army began administering the Miller Analogies Test in the summer of 2015. The Army chose the MAT to help determine cadets’ critical thinking, scientific reasoning, and military science skills. The Miller Analogies Test is not used exclusively by the military, but by graduate programs and businesses across the world.
The MAT for ROTC consists of 120 analogy-style questions. The test is 60 minutes long. 20 of the analogies are experimental and do not count toward your score; however, it is is impossible to know which questions count, so it is important to try your best on each one. The analogies test your knowledge across various subject areas. A perfect score on the MAT is a 600. Scores between 500 and 600 are extremely rare. Scores between 375 and 425 are considered average.
Does the MAT Test Military Knowledge?
No. The MAT and the CLA exams do not test military knowledge. The CDA is the only exam of the three that tests military knowledge which should have been learned in Military Science, an ROTC class offered at university.
The Army places a high value on all three of these tests. It believes that they make up one of two of the most important aspects of training: the exams and the rest of training. These tests are used to measure leadership skills and can make a difference as to a cadet’s placement in the military. For more information about how to prepare for the MAT, check out this post for helpful MAT study guides!