One common test used for admission to graduate schools is the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). This particular test is different than most other standardized admissions test for college and graduate study in that it’s very narrowly focused.
As the name implies, the MAT test is strictly about analogies, or things that are alike in one or more ways, often obliquely. It has a very simple format-you’ll have 50 minutes to complete 100 partial analogies. The vast majority of them will be verbal, but there will be a few mathematical analogies on every test. To do well on the MAT test, you’ll need a good grasp of how words relate to and complement each other, as well as a familiarity with the liberal arts-history, art, literature, philosophy, as well as math and science.
It can be taken on a computer, or with pen and paper. It’s scored on a percentile basis, and you’ll receive your score a few weeks after completing the test. You can usually register to take the MAT test through your college, or you can register directly online at their website.
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