Depending on several variables, it may be necessary to take the Miller Analogies for PhD programs that you are planning on applying to. Considering that many people enter a PhD program after having already completed a graduate degree, it may be possible to use your previous entrance exam scores for your PhD program as well.
However, if you have been out of graduate school for more than 5 years or if you’re enrolling in a graduate program that segues immediately into a PhD, then taking the MAT may be a requirement.
What score do you need?
The first thing you want to do is find out the average MAT score for the PhD program you are applying to. Although the MAT is going to be just one part of your application, scoring above the school average provides a competitive edge (at least in one aspect).
This information is easy enough to find by going on the school website or by typing “Average MAT score for [your school]” into Google.
Doing this early on helps you set necessary scoring goals instead of stressing out about achieving a perfect score (which most schools don’t require).
Scheduling your MAT exam
You should aim to schedule the exam for a date that allows you 1-2 months of study. Everything you need to know about registering for an exam can be found in the candidate information booklet. Additionally, you can find an overview in our MAT Candidate Information booklet article.
If you are planning to take the exam more than once as precaution, be sure to schedule at least a month of study between them. Less than that will probably not result in much improvement between exams.
How to study for the MAT
I highly recommend perusing this blog; there is a ton of information on how to study for the MAT here. A good place to start would be the following:
The advice in the above blog posts should be more than enough to get you started on the right foot.