The Miller Analogies Test poses a number of challenges. The information you are tested on is broad, and despite using only the analogy format, the later questions can seem positively cryptic. To help you navigate these challenges, here are ten general guidelines for the Miller Analogies Test.
1. Study Plan
You are much more likely to succeed on the MAT if you have a study plan. You can follow one of ours or use them as inspiration to design your own. Without a study plan, you risk being overwhelmed by your studies. Save yourself the stress and adopt one early.
2. Quality Materials
It’s certainly easier to work on the areas that come naturally, but your best score gains come from filling the gaps in your knowledge. After familiarizing yourself with a few practice questions and the test format, take a practice test under realistic conditions. Go over your results and take notes on your weakest areas.
Out of your weaknesses, try to focus on low context information first. Save the high context information for later in your study plan. This concept was covered more here.
If you have ever explained a complex concept to someone by using a similar but simpler example, you were using analogical thinking. To really increase your ability to think this way, you need to complete a high volume of questions. Our students for the GRE will often complete over 800 practice questions in 2-3 months. You should aim for similar volume.
7. Get Interested
We only get a few opportunities to learn about the world broadly. When school ends, the time you spend learning will drop dramatically. Savor the opportunity. Everything you read and practice for the MAT should be done like you’re interested, like you want to understand and remember this information for the rest of your life! View it this way and studying will be much more enjoyable. 🙂
8. Analogies Everywhere
Imagine your own analogies. This is simple enough to do anywhere. You are trying to create a mental habit. You want this style of thinking to be easy and comfortable, so do it as often as you can!
You should be reading every day. If you’re serious, read for an hour per day. Read challenging material on MAT topics: art, history, literature, etc. I recommend the NY Times, The Atlantic, or essay sites like Aeon.
Between reading and practice problems, there is some variation built into your studies. However, there is certainly room for more. Flashcards are an obvious go-to. Sites like Quizlet allow you to import your flashcards into games. Feel free to get creative. Write your own analogies; challenge yourself to create one your friends can’t figure out. Look for fun ways to practice.