It’s not telling a magician’s tricks or leaking top-secret intel but these two Miller Analogies Test secrets will help you master the exam and maximize your score.
Miller Analogies Test Secret #1: Know your analogy Types
While the Pearson Study Guide designates four types of analogies, each of those can be broken down into smaller units that are more easily identified so that the relationship between two seemingly dissimilar words become apparent.
Semantic–in general, this has to do with the definitions of words.
This can include: synonyms, antonyms, intensity or degree, or even just word parts that describe what the term means.
Classification–this concerns the hierarchy or differences in organizational level of concepts and terms.
This can include: categories, memberships, or a whole/part relationship
Association–this is the largest analogy group which relates two different but related concepts. They can be any part of speech but tend to be nouns.
This can include: object and characteristic, order, and agent and object. This group is large enough to warrant extra studying.
Logical/Mathematical–these can represent logic, mathematical concepts, and patterns.
This can include: fractions and multiples, patterns and rhyming, and equations. This type of analogy is the least represented group so if you are in a time crunch, you might want to focus on another area that will have more impact.
Miller Anaolgies Test Secret #2: Practice, practice, practice
Once you have become comfortable identifying the types of relationships represented by the analogies, take practice tests! There are many available free online and there are ones that you can pay for, there are study guides that you can buy or borrow; whichever you choose (or all of them), use them liberally. The more practice you have solving these problems, the more confident you will be and better able to budget your time for the types of analogies that give you the most trouble.
That’s it. Maybe not ground-breaking or CNN-worthy information but those are the top two Miller Analogies Test secrets. I’m not saying that other things to prepare yourself are not valuable, but most everything that you will do to prepare for the exam will probably fall somewhere under these two categories.