The Miller Analogies Test max score is 600. To be honest, I would advise against making this your goal. In researching for the blog, I have never come across anyone reporting a score of 600. Statistically speaking, a max MAT score is 8 standard deviations above the average score of 400. To put this in perspective, a score of 500 (100 points less) is in the 99.997th percentile. This is a 1 in 30,000 score. A 500 would allow you to join the most elite high IQ societies in the world. In fact, the 99.997th percentile is often the limit of what standard IQ tests can measure. They can’t go beyond that! Now think about just how rare a 600 would be.
Although the MAT is correlated to IQ tests and accepted by high IQ societies, it is not—strictly speaking—an IQ test because it does not provide an IQ score or aim to measure general IQ. But it is described as a high level mental ability exam. As far as we know, some portion of our mental abilities comes from talent or natural gifts. Studying can improve them, but there are limits. It is unlikely that anyone who is not already scoring above 450 could study their way to 600. Probably, anyone scoring less than 500 is out of luck.
But for the sake of discussion, let’s say that you are scoring at that level. You’re a summa cum laude quantum physicist looking for something to do over the summer. How would you go about it?
Getting a max score
I would start by reading our blog on “How to master the Miller Analogies Test.” For all the resources referenced, such as the Kaplan and Barron’s study guides, you would be aiming for true memorization of every term listed in those guides, both general vocabulary and specialty terms. I’m talking about instant recall; you can describe and contextualize any of those terms without hints or prompting. In addition, I would also suggest using a flashcard set for the GRE.
Although they comprise only a small number of questions, the math questions are just as necessary for a max score. If you do not have a college level understanding of arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, this is something you will need to work on. Khan Academy would be a great start.
Be prepared to read voraciously. Particularly, any of the literary, philosophical, or artistic figures you learned as terms, you should also familiarize yourself with through their most famous works. Frankly, no one study guide contains all the possible content that the MAT could draw from. Daily reading is the only way to expand in all directions.
Lastly, master the strategies advised in the blog article. If you do all of this for 6-12 months, maybe you’ll prove yourself 1 in a trillion (or something like that). Also, if you read this and happen not to be a super genius, I would suggest looking at our “good score” blog.