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Miller Analogies Test Raw Score

The Miller Analogies Test raw score refers to the total number of questions you get right out of the core items. On the MAT, there are 120 questions (or items): 100 core items, and 20 experimental items. The 20 experimental do not count towards your score. The raw score is the total number of correct answers out of 100.

MAT Raw Score

On the previous version of the MAT, prior to 2004, test takers received a raw score and a percentile ranking after completing the MAT. This is no longer the case. After 2004, the MAT transitioned from a raw score to a scaled score. Using a private algorithm, Pearson converts your raw score to a scaled score ranging from 200-600.

Despite a ton of student interest, the raw score is no longer made available to students. There is no official score conversion from a scaled score back to a raw score. You may be wondering why Pearson would even switch to a scaled score instead of continuing to use the raw score.

To accommodate so many test takers, and to prevent cheating, the MAT comes in several different forms; each form has its own set of analogies. This results in some forms being slightly more or less difficult than others. That means a raw score on one form might not mean as much as a raw score on another. The scaled score uses an algorithm that compensates for this and allows all test takers to compare scores fairly.

In short, Pearson doesn’t give you your raw score because it wouldn’t be completely accurate in comparing you to others given the differences in test form difficulty.

How to convert to a raw MAT score

I recently wrote a blog on the “Miller Analogies Test Old Scoring.” Within the blog is a chart showing the best score conversion I could find between old MAT scores(raw) and new ones(scaled). Coincidentally, students who have scaled scores could use the chart in the reverse to estimate their raw scores as well. It is not a perfect conversion, and I suggest reading the blog to see the limitations. However, it is probably the best estimate you’ll find on the topic.


About 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.

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