MAT: How to Prep for Logical or Mathematical Analogies

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Although they represent a small number of the total analogies on the MAT, it’s still important to know how to prep for logical or mathematical analogies. Remember, every question on the MAT is worth the same amount of points, so you don’t want to have any weak areas if you can avoid it.

1. Official MAT Study Guide

Go to the official MAT study guide and familiarize yourself with both the structure of MAT analogies in general and the specific structure of logical/mathematical analogies. Without knowing what to look for, it can be difficult to even recognize this type of analogy.

2. Learn Question Strategy

One of the things to take away from the study guide — something you should convert to notes — are the different question answering strategies. You need to be able to reference these easily when you practice. In addition, see this blog on the best strategy for solving MAT questions (it’s not covered in depth in the official guide!).

3. What to study

This blog on MAT Logical/Mathematical analogies covers the majority of subjects you’ll see on these types of analogies. It’s a great place to start if you’re not sure what information to study. It’s an especially helpful guide for students who are not “strong” in math and may have a lot of ground to cover.

4. Practice

It takes a certain amount of question volume to help you not only get better at understanding logical/mathematical analogies but also to make sure you can apply the strategies quickly and efficiently. There are a variety of MAT study resources to help you access practice questions.

Additionally, the free Magoosh MAT Flashcards are a really easy way to get continuous practice with thirty different logical/mathematical analogies. .

5. Thinking about Math and Logic on the MAT

Michael has written some great blogs on both MAT word games and Math on the MAT. He’s actually written multiple posts on both (check their associated links!). These ideas are things you are going to want to come back to whenever you are practicing logical/mathematical analogies.

If you find yourself stuck when trying to identify these analogies or solving them once you do, the ideas Michael covers might be what you need to see a breakthrough.

Best of luck!


  • Bertrand

    Bertrand is a remote tutor and a MAT blogger for Magoosh. He received a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and studied education theory at Rutgers Graduate School of Education. He has been studying and working in education since 2010. Born and raised in New Jersey, he now resides in Philadelphia. When he isn’t helping students study or writing blogs for Magoosh, he spends his time practicing mixed martial arts and reading as much as his schedule permits.