Scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are used by many graduate schools in selecting candidates to their programs.
MAT is computer-based and consists of 120 partial analogies, in which you have 60 minutes to complete. Of the 120 analogies, only 100 count toward your score.
Examinees who have condition covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act that require special testing accommodations may make this request in writing.
Examples of accommodations that can be approved include a separate room for testing, adjustable height table, ergonomic keyboard, anti-glare screen, screen magnifier, Braille, large-print test book, large-print answer sheet, and Jaws and Dragon software.
What relationship types and content areas are covered on this exam?
Semantics. This type addresses meaning, definition, synonym, antonym, contrast, degree, intensity, word parts, and expression.
Classification. This type addresses hierarchy, classification, category, membership, and whole/part.
Association. This type addresses object/characteristic, order, sequence, transformation, agent/object, creator/creation, function, and purpose.
Logical/Mathematical. This type addresses mathematical equivalence, and letter or sound patterns.
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General. This area addresses culture, work, business, and life experience.
Humanities. This area addresses history, fine art, literature, philosophy, religion, and music.
Mathematics. This area addresses numerical, quantitative, and computation math.
Language. This area addresses vocabulary, word meanings, grammar, and usage.
Natural Sciences. This area addresses biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, and astronomy.
Social Sciences. This area addresses psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and anthropology.
How do I register for MAT?
Contact the center at which you would like to test, for their registration process.
What is the cost of taking the test?
Contact the site at which you are going to take the exam. Cost varies from site to site.
What are the testing dates and locations?
There are hundreds of testing centers throughout the world. You can select the center that is most convenient for you. Once you decide on the center at which you would like to test, contact that center to inquire about their testing schedule. Testing dates vary from center to center.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Report to the testing center on time. Arriving late can prevent you from testing.
Bring two forms of identification. Your primary ID must include your name, signature, and recent photo. At a minimum, your secondary ID must have your name and signature.
Examples of items prohibited from the testing area include a calculator, cell phone, study materials, and food/drink. This is not an all-inclusive list. If you have questions about other prohibited items, contact the test center before testing day.
Can I take a break during the exam?
You are not allowed to take a break during this exam unless you have a special testing accommodation that was approved prior to taking the exam.
What happens after I take the exam?
Before leaving the testing center, you will receive a preliminary score report. Once your final score has been confirmed, you will receive your official score report in the mail. This typically takes 10-15 business days.
In addition, your official transcript will be sent to the three (or more) schools you designated as recipients. Remember, if you request that more than three schools receive a transcript, there is an additional fee.
What is the minimum passing score on this exam?
Contact the schools(s) to which you are applying. Each school sets its own standard for passing.
What happens if I don’t pass the exam?
You can re-take the test, but you may want to contact the schools to which you are applying to see if they have a rule concerning repeat exam scores.
How Can I Prepare for the MAT Test?
That’s a great question. We’ve broken down the answer into three parts.
- Do yourself a favor and study. Do not walk in unprepared. We have recommended prep materials below, but that only helps if you actually try. Plus, studying is actually proven to be the best antidote to test anxiety.
- Take care of yourself. Make sure you’re eating well, exercising, and sleeping. All of these things are scientifically linked to brain performance. If you take care of your body, you’ll be helping your grades.
- Get a study guide or set of flashcards. Some people study better a certain way. Find your study strengths and make the most of them. We’ve tried to make it easy for you by tracking down the best study guide and flashcard set for your exam. Below you’ll see links to both!