Miller Analogies Test
The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is an exam administered by the Harcourt Assessment at Pearson testing center. It assesses the analytical thinking ability of graduate school candidates — an ability that is critical for success in both graduate school and professional life. The MAT helps graduate schools identify candidates whose knowledge and abilities go beyond mere memorizing and repeating information.
The MAT is an admissions exam accepted by many graduate programs in the United States. Additionally, it is used by many high-IQ societies all over the world as an admission requirement. The MAT goal is to assess logical and analytical reasoning through completion of partial analogies. The test duration is 1 hour and contains 120 questions. Exam formats include both Computer-Based Tests (CBT) and paper and pencil format.
Benefits of the Miller Analogies Test
- Performance on the MAT is designed to reflect candidates’ analytical thinking, an ability that is critical for success in both graduate school and professional life.
- Through analogies with content from various academic subjects, MAT scores help graduate schools identify candidates whose knowledge and abilities go beyond mere memorizing.
- Proven to be a reliable and valid test for assessing candidates for graduate school for more than 50 years.
- Predictive validity studies conducted by Pearson and by independent researchers have shown positive correlations between MAT scores and subsequent success in graduate programs.
Tips to Pass the Miller Analogies Test
- The MAT involves general and academic knowledge and analytical skills acquired over years of studying and learning. Cramming will not help. It’s critical that you familiarize yourself with the structure of the MAT by reviewing the content descriptions and sample items available in the MAT Study Guide.
- Work quickly but carefully. Do not dwell on items that are unfamiliar or seem too difficult. Skip the items that are most difficult and return to them as time allows. Points are not deducted for incorrect responses. If you are not sure which answer choice is correct for an item, eliminate as many options as you can first. If you have doubts about an answer to an item, change your choice only if you have a valid reason.
- When taking the test, be physically and mentally prepared—well rested, fed, and comfortably dressed.
- To solve a MAT analogy, read each of the three given terms carefully. Next, identify the two given terms that are related and how they are related. Without looking at the answer options, think of a fourth term that would complete the analogy. Finally, examine the answer options, and select the option that most closely resembles your idea of a term that would complete the analogy.
- Take online practice tests to be familiarized with the types of items and content areas you will encounter on the MAT.
Miller Analogies Test Practice
This free practice exam features realistic questions that will help you not only review key vocabulary, but also familiarize yourself with the MAT’s 120 Analogy exam format. This exam is also very good preparation for those preparing for the GRE Test, as both exams cover analogies.
Taking the Miller Analogies Test
1. Register at a Controlled Testing Center
At this time, there are more than 500 Controlled Testing Centers (CTCs) in the United States, Canada, and overseas administer the MAT. For a list of the locations and phone numbers of all the current CTCs, refer to the MAT Testing Centers document available on the MAT website.
Each CTC has their own testing fees and schedules. It is your responsibility to accurately provide all required information when registering for the MAT.
Once you’ve decided where to take the MAT, contact the CTC for all testing information, namely:
- Testing fees
- Testing schedules
- Registration procedures
- Test administration procedures
2. Follow CTC Guidelines and Procedures
When you report to the CTC to take the MAT, you must follow their procedures:
- Arrive on Time. Those who arrive late for their tests will not be admitted.
- Follow Directions. Listen to the instructions given by the Test Administrator and follow directions and regulations required by Pearson.
- Indicate Your Social Security number (U.S.) or Social Insurance number (Canadian). Failure to give this can cause delay in the processing of your scores.
- Provide Your Signature. You will be required to check a signature box that serves the same purpose as signing your name.
- Ask Questions Before the Test Begins. No questions will be entertained once the test begins.
3. Necessary Materials:
Have the following requirements with you on the day of testing or you will not be able to take the MAT. The test fee will not be refunded.
Two Forms of Identification
You must present two valid IDs. Primary ID must be government-issued and contain your photograph and signature.
Primary forms of ID include:
- Driver’s license
- Government-issued identification
Secondary forms of ID include:
- Credit card
- Library card
- Utility bill (with your name and address appearing exactly the same on your primary ID)
- Student ID
Recipient School Addresses
You may bring a piece of paper that has the addresses of any schools you wish to receive Official Transcripts if you believe they are not listed in the MAT School Codes. You can check whether a school has an assigned code by going to the list of Score Recipient Codes on the MAT website.
4. Prohibited Materials
While taking the MAT, you are not allowed to have anything with you during testing. If you are found to have violated this policy in any way, your MAT scores will be canceled.
You may not have any reference materials or electronic devices with you while you are taking the MAT, including:
- Books (reference or otherwise)
- Papers and/or notes
- Any electronic devices, including, but not limited to:
- Calculators (including watch calculators)
- Cell phones
- Recording devices
Also, you are not allowed to have the following items in the testing room while taking the MAT:
- Any writing instruments other than pencils to use with scratch paper (scratch paper will be provided).
- Any food or beverages
- A hat with a bill or brim
- Purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc.
Note that you will not be allowed to leave the testing room until the scheduled end of the test.