The best tips for taking an MAT practice test are firstly, to treat the practice test as if it is an actual Miller Analogies Test day, and secondly, to make use of the analogy explanations that accompany the answer key when you review your answers. This may sound counterintuitive — treating the practice test like an actual exam, and then using the answer key to work through each analogy, which you won’t get to do on the actual exam — but trust me! Read on and I’ll explain!
Taking an MAT Practice Test Like it’s the Real Deal
Taking an MAT practice test like it’s the actual test requires you to do a few things:
- Sit in a quiet room with no distractions, set a timer for 120 minutes, put away all distractions, including your phone and any other test prep materials, and begin!
- Work through each analogy, do not pause to look anything up, allow no interruptions, and answer each and every question.
- If the timer goes off while you are still working, note how many questions you had left when the timer when off.
- Set a stopwatch to see how much extra time you needed. Then, the next time you take a practice test you’ll know how much time you’ll need to shave off to complete the test on time.
Approaching the practice test this way allows you to familiarize yourself with not only the test itself, but also the test conditions. Getting used to both will really make a difference on test day.
After Taking an MAT Practice Test…Review!
Now that you’ve recreated the test taking environment, turn that on it’s head and do what you won’t be able to do on test day: review each and every answer with the answer key and explanations! Don’t simply score yourself and toss the test; you’ll be losing half of the value you could’ve gained.
Soon after taking the test, go through every one of your answers — not just the ones you got incorrect or that you were unsure of; check the ones you got right as well. See if your reasoning matches up with the explanation’s reasoning. You may have gotten lucky, and now you’ll know for sure why an answer was right. Finally, look for patterns! Did you get mostly semantic or logical/mathematical analogies wrong? Checking for patterns tells you what to focus your studies on!