There are several study tips for the Miller Analogies Test that can make preparing for the exam much more effective. Doing these things will help ensure that you manage the two MAT goals of learning analogies and improving your content knowledge.
Study Materials for the MAT
The official MAT guide is a free resource offered by Pearson. This guide will give you a breakdown of:
- how analogies work on the MAT
- the types of relationships
- content descriptions
- answering strategies
Reading through this free guide should be considered the required minimum for MAT preparation. It is that important.
Additionally, you should take advantage of how cheap MAT resources are and purchase one of the study guides from Kaplan (which is also releasing a new guide Oct. 2016) or Barron’s. The real value of these guides is that they compile large lists of terms for you to study. This is a huge time saver over compiling all the information yourself. Finally, I would suggest downloading a flashcard app suitable for the GRE or the GMAT; the vocabulary is similar to what is seen on the MAT (Magoosh GRE Flashcards is a good bet).
Gauge your strengths for the MAT
Studying every possible subject that can come up on the MAT is…not really possible. You have to prioritize.
After reading the official guide and the first few chapters of Kaplan or Barron’s, it’s a good idea to take a personal inventory. What are your strengths?
Michael has a great article on studying for the MAT, and I would suggest reading it. One of the takeaways is that several of the MAT subjects are going to be things that you studied in school or that you studied through personal interest. That’s basically a head start.
With this in mind, look at the different content areas on the MAT and categorize them according to Michael’s hierarchy: things you’ve studied for years, things studied casually, and things you know next to nothing about.
For added clarity, after doing all the above, take a practice test and evaluate the results. This will either enforce or augment your idea of your skills: maybe you’re better at a subject than you thought, maybe something has gotten rusty, etc. Whatever the result, add it to your notes.
MAT Study Guide
So now you have all this information on your strengths and weaknesses. You know what “gaps” in your knowledge need to be filled. Now you just need to decide how you are going to organize working on these gaps a little each day. One option is to use our 1 month MAT study schedule. Another option is to design your own schedule.
This does not have to be elaborate. Identify how much time you have to study each day of the week and make a chart. Each study period should be divided among the following tasks: new questions, review the answers, study terms (flashcards or however you like to do it).
Once a week or so, you should take a full MAT exam under time pressure.