The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is sometimes used as an alternative to the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) for graduate school admissions. It is a measure of analytical reasoning, mostly verbal with some quantitative. It involves completing 120 analogies (100 scored) within a 60 minute time frame.
An analogy is a statement suggesting that two things are related to each other in the same way that two other things are related to each other. The MAT analogy items are written as equations in the form “A : B :: C : D,” which can be read as “A is to B as C is to D” or as “A is related to B in the same way that C is related to D.”
In each MAT analogy item, one term in the analogy is missing and has been replaced with four options, only one of which correctly completes the analogy. The terms in most of the MAT analogy items are words, but in some cases they may be numbers or symbols. An example of a MAT analogy is as follows:
PLANE:AIR :: BOAT :(a. submarine, b. fish, c. water, d. pilot)
The first step in solving a MAT analogy is to decide which two of the three given terms form a complete pair. In the example, this could either be “PLANE is related to AIR ” (the first term is related to the second term) or “PLANE is related to BOAT ” (the first term is related to the third term). On the MAT, it will never be “PLANE is related to ( a . submarine, b . fish, c . water, d . pilot)”; the first term is never related to the fourth term: PLANE : AIR :: BOAT : ( a . submarine, b . fish, f c . water, d . pilot)
Even though there is an obvious relationship between a PLANE and a BOAT —they are both vehicles—this analogy makes sense only when the complete pair is seen as “PLANE is related to AIR .” This is because the solution to a MAT analogy item requires that you select the option ( a , b , c , or d ) that forms a second pair of terms that are in the same relationship to each other as the terms in the complete pair. In this example, none of the available options form a second pair of terms if the analogy is seen as a relationship between two vehicles—AIR is definitely not a vehicle. However, when the complete pair is seen as “PLANE travels on AIR ,” the second pair, and the correct answer, becomes obvious as “BOAT travels on ( c . water).”
MAT testing is offered at the Counseling & Testing Center by appointment. Appointments are generally scheduled for 2 hours to ensure adequate time to complete the identifying information on the answer sheet, review directions and take the test. The MAT is now available on computer and is the preferred method of administration. To make an appointment, call 208-885-5138 or stop by Mary Forney Hall, Rm. 301.
Your official score reports will be mailed to you and to the institutions that you specify at the time you take the test in approximately 10-15 working days. Preliminary score reports are available immediately following the test.
Current fees for the MAT are $90 payable by check or money order. We do not accept cash. If you are a UI student, we can bill your student account.
What to bring to the center:
You will need to bring two forms of identification: one must be a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport); the second can be another form of identification, such as a credit card, library card or utility bill with your name and address appearing exactly as on the primary ID. We will provide you with everything else you need.
For more information on the MAT, including some sample questions, go to milleranalogies.com