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Ten General Guidelines for the Miller Analogies

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

The materials you use to prepare will directly impact your performance on test day. I recommend the official MAT materials, Kaplan, and Barron’s books.

3. Weaknesses

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.

4. Prioritize

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.

5. Volume

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.

6. Analyze

Read this, this, and this. Although they are written for the GMAT, it takes very little imagination to apply them to any exam.

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!

9. Read!

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.

10. Variation

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.

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.

2 Responses to “Ten General Guidelines for the Miller Analogies”

  1. Ethelyn Geschwind says:

    I am trying to find out about the format of the actual online test. The Pearson example shows one question at a time. Is that how it is on the real test? How do you go back to review questions? Do you need to click the previous or next button? Insight would be appreciated.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert Magoosh Test Prep Expert says:

      Since Pearson administers the exam, it’s very likely that the way they show the test is the way the test really is. One question at a time is also fairly standard on standardized tests.

      As you may know, in the MAT Candidate Handbook, Pearson clearly indicates that you can go back and review questions. A standard “back” and “next” button are likely used. It also seems likely that you can use a “review” function at the end of the test to jump back to earlier questions. I say this because these functions exist in many other Pearson tests, and the unofficial Pearson mocks I’ve seen also have these features.

      With that said, if you want some concrete, 100% guaranteed correct answers, it’s best to get them from Pearson. To do that, I recommend either purchasing one of the official practice MAT tests, or contacting Pearson customer service. Hope this helps.

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