The exam date is getting closer! Whether it’s tied to your admissions date or time is getting away from you, one month is just four short weeks away from your test day. A study schedule is necessary! Here is a suggested study schedule for a four-week span of time to get ready for your Miller Analogies Test.
Clear your schedule for ONE hour and give yourself at least another half hour for evaluation. Sit down and take a practice test in the allotted time. These are available through your local library or online. Pearson, the makers of the exam, offer sample tests for a fee. However, there are other websites that offer free practice tests.
Set your timer and take the test as if it were test day. (No distractions, no phone, no kids, no dogs, you get the idea)
As soon as you’re done write down the first three things that you noticed were the hardest on the test. It might be:
- Budgeting time on each question
- Location of the missing term changing by question
- Words particular to (subject) (maybe that’s a weak point in your educational background)
This list will look different for everyone but this is the start of your personalized study schedule.
Take a look at your list and see which of these items will take the longest time to address, this is where you should concentrate. Often it has to do with vocabulary that addresses concepts outside of your focused experience. For me, having a Biology and English focus, terms that had to do with political science or quantitative mathematics were more nebulous and needed a targeted review.
Do practice questions every day to keep your mind working. It doesn’t have to be 50-100 questions every time; even doing 5 in the morning or afternoon will help.
As the month rolls by, continue working on the priority difficulty you identified in the first week. If that is working on determining the types of relationships that will be featured between the terms, keep at it! Try looking at everyday objects and make up your own relationships to see how they can be established. Practicing encoding the concepts may make it easier to decode later.
And now is the time to incorporate working on the other items on your “difficulty” list. If the problem was being unsure of how much time to spend on each question, use a timer or stopwatch as you go through another practice exam. Start the stopwatch and do 10 questions, then stop. Take a look at the time–was it well under 5 minutes? Was it too far over? Try setting the timer for 5 minutes and see how many questions you can get done. Using smaller increments can help you determine the time budget and then you can expand it to a longer period.
Again, take time to do some practice questions every day. If you did 5 a day last week, try doing 10 to help with your timing.
Take time to examine the structure of the test. There are 120 questions on the test and you have 60 minutes to finish them. Check to see the location of your testing center and make a list of what you need to take with you: two form of ID and the information for the schools to which the results are going.
Take care of any errands that might distract you if they are not done before the test; you want your mind focused on what is coming.
The night before the test eat a good meal and get a good night’s sleep. Make sure you eat breakfast and take your needed items to the test center, allow yourself plenty of time to allow for traffic and rock that exam!