The Miller Analogies vs GMAT

It is unlikely that you will find a school that accepts both the MAT and the GMAT for the same programs. They are dramatically different exams. But supposing you found such a school, you will want to select the exam that allows you to better showcase your abilities.


Miller Analogies vs GMAT: Format


The GMAT is divided into four sections: analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative, and verbal. Quant covers most of the major math subjects with the exception of calculus or trigonometry. The focus is on algebra, geometry, word problems, and data interpretation. GMAT math is truly high level stuff and doing well requires both great familiarity with mathematical concepts and the ability to use these concepts in flexible ways.

Verbal reasoning will focus strongly on grammar and high level reading comprehension. The grammar focus makes this an especially challenging exam for English language learners and even for native English speakers as grammar tends to get much less focus towards the end of high school (and less in college).

Here’s a useful GMAT infographic. Read the entire GMAT column for an in-depth look.


The MAT consists of 120 analogy questions. Each question will present the student with an incomplete analogy:

Darwin : evolution :: Einstein : (a. relativity b. gravity c. quantum physics d. thermodynamics)

It will be up to the student to decide how two of the three given terms are related and then choose a fourth term that creates a pair with the same relationship. In the above case, Darwin is popularly known for the theory of evolution; in the same way, Einstein is popularly known for the theory of relativity (choice “a”). Every question on the MAT takes this form. However, the content of these analogies can pull from any subject, from the humanities to science:

MAT Subject Breakdown - Magoosh

You can also access Pearson’s description of these subjects.

Miller Analogies vs GMAT: Time & Cost

The GMAT exam is just under four hours long. In comparison, the MAT is relatively short, taking just an hour. The GMAT also costs $250-$300 depending on location which is at least 3-4 times the cost of the MAT.

Miller Analogies vs GMAT: Which should you take?

The MAT is excellent for students who are verbally—especially vocabulary—focused, have a wealth of general knowledge (especially humanities), enjoy puzzles and prefer learning broadly. Additionally, students who dread math or writing will get to largely avoid them.

The GMAT is a great choice for students who want to demonstrate their superior math ability and who prefer studying a smaller range of topics but with greater depth. It’s also a great choice for students who prefer to know exactly what topics they’ll be tested on.

Both exams offer pros and cons. For more information on the exams, you can visit our GRE and MAT blogs as well as the test maker websites: ETS & Pearson.