The MAT tends to attract verbal focused, math-shy individuals. To that end, here are some top tips for Miller Analogies math.
1. Don’t Neglect Math
Students who do not feel particularly strong in math may be tempted to put it off. It’s easy to do considering how many other study-worthy MAT topics there are. But the truth is, if you struggle with math, you’re going to need more time to learn it, so starting early is your best bet.
In addition, the math section offers a lot of strategic value. The terms and concepts related to math analogies are not hard to learn and have a much more limited scope than the other subjects. This is a great place to gain an extra 2-3 correctly answered questions.
2. Strategic Studying
Once you’ve decided to study up for the math analogies, don’t just dive into a textbook. You’ll waste time learning information that is never going to come up on the MAT. Here’s a quick list of concepts that math analogies typically draw from:
- Fractions and Percents
- Squaring and Cubing
- Negative and Fractional Exponents
- Positive and Negative radicals
- Geometric Shapes
- Geometric Formulas
For more information on the exact level of depth you need in these topics, see this post on MAT logical/mathematical analogies. Also, for introductory, yet relevant, information on these topics, check out their related videos on KhanAcademy (completely free).
3. Math Analogies on the MAT
Lastly, you need to become familiar with the way math analogies are presented on the actual MAT. I could go over it here, but Michael has written four great posts that cover this in-depth. I’d suggest working through those. Here’s the first one:
In addition, get some hands on practice with math analogies through our free MAT flashcards or through an MAT study guide, such as Kaplan or Barron’s.