Miller Analogies Test – MAT – practice, testing, training, results, discussion

Hey everybody.

I’ve gotten a lot of  people asking me about the Miller Analogies Test – MAT – and I want to encourage everyone who is either thinking of taking the test, has taken the test, wants to re-take the test, etc., to feel free to start a conversation here on my blog.  IF YOU HAVE ANY PRACTICE OR TRAINING TIPS OR TRICKS THAT YOU THINK WOULD HELP SOMEONE RAISE THEIR SCORE, PLEASE, TELL US!  If you took a review course or class and have a comment about it, either to recommend it or to bitch about it, here’s the place to do it!

WOULD YOU DO ANYTHING TO CHANGE THE TEST?  HOW?  How do you think the MAT questions compare to the analogy questions on the GRE Verbal?  And so on.

Also feel free to tell everyone your score!

Good luck!

John Karavitis Miller Analogies Test, John V. Karavitis Miller Analogies Test

(EDIT:  1/29/2011  Here’s the link you want: GOOD LUCK!)

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1 Response to Miller Analogies Test – MAT – practice, testing, training, results, discussion

  1. AJ says:

    I first got my hands on a practice MAT by happenstance.
    Found an old prep book abandoned in a closet at my high school. I haven’t the foggiest idea what it was doing there. But I found it a fun distraction. I was almost 16 at the time, and recall scoring in the 70s/low 80s on the couple of exams I took.

    Fast forward to today…I plan on taking the official exam soon. Hope to get at least a 95 raw score. Few months back I plopped down in a Borders and went through a practice exam (Barron’s?) and missed, I think, fewer than 5 for the 120 question diagnostic.

    As far as preparation goes, my sense is that improving, especially if you’re a very high scorer, would seem to be very difficult. I’m toying with the idea of purchasing/borrowing every prep book out there and going through it. But it’s more for personal satisfaction/edification and less a wager on a test day re-encounter.

    It would be nice to quantify the question…i.e., to think of the the size of one’s fund of knowledge implied by a given MAT score. Or access to a lexicon of what magnitude would guarantee one knowledge of every term on the test?

    This is a simplifying assumption, of course. For the MAT, semantic info won’t suffice; you have to determine the relationship. But if you have your analogy ability honed, and what’s holding you back is cultural literacy, you’re just going to have to absorb a ton of info to do better on the MAT.

    The idea is a little easier when dealing with something like a vocabulary battery, where one can have an exam composed of sufficient words of a known rarity and then simply extrapolate to get an approximation of the size of the person’s entire lexicon.

    I’m sure the individual terms of the MAT are thoroughly analyzed and carefully chosen. To get an idea of the occurrence rate of terms you encounter check out the latest offering from google labs:

    In sum, I’d say that the MAT is one of the standardized tests least amenable to practice. Don’t expect to gain in a week, what should by rights take a lifetime of intellectual curiosity. But if you’re going to practice, do it early and often. Wide ranging, omnivorous reading is doubtless a common trait amongst high-scorers.

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