Wondering what the lowest possible score is on the Miller Analogies Test? Or the minimum score that colleges accept? Don’t worry — this post will go over both.
MAT minimum score
The MAT is scored using the scaled score. The scaled score ranges from 200-600; the average score for test-takers is 400. At least in theory, the lowest score a student could receive is a 200. However, I highly doubt that anyone considering graduate school is at risk of scoring this low.
On average, students scoring a 400 have answered 40-48 questions correctly (out of 120). I could not even find something that estimated what a score of 200 equaled in terms of correct answers. So, again, this is something most students should not even consider a possibility.
MAT Minimum score for graduate school
Questions about the minimum score you need for graduate applications are quite common among students. Typically, colleges do not set minimum scores because they consider your test scores to be just one part of your overall application. This means that a lower than average score does not always bar you from entry.
That being said, I have seen several schools that set minimum scores for the MAT. I would still say they were in the minority, but it was something that some schools chose to do. A few schools had a minimum score of 398. Of course, this is actually two points below average, which means it’s going to be attainable for just about every student.
More realistically, rather than thinking about a minimum score, you should think about what would be a good score on the MAT.
A good score on the MAT
Everyone applying to graduate school should take the time to look up the average MAT score for not just their prospective schools but also the specific programs they want to apply to. This can be done by going to the school’s website or by Googling “Average MAT scores at [your school].”
Once you have the average score, your goal is to achieve something slightly above it. That is the best way to give this part of your application a competitive edge. It also puts your study goals in perspective. Rather than immediately setting your sights on a near perfect score, you can focus on getting only what you need to be competitive.
For more help on preparing for the MAT, see our blog on “Miller Analogies Test Advice.”