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MAT (Miller Analogies Test)

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General Information:

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a 120 question, 60 minute (formerly 100 question, 50 minute) standardized test used primarily for graduate school admissions in the USA. It was created and is published by Harcourt Assessment. The MAT is accepted by over 2,300 graduate school programs as a part of their admissions process.

Description of the Test:

The test items use different types of analogies to sample a variety of fields, such as mathematics, natural science, social science, literature, and fine arts. Examinees are given 50 minutes to complete the test. The MAT is offered at more than 600 test centers throughout the United States and Canada. For examinee convenience, the test is given on an “as needed” basis at most test centers.

The exam aims to measure an individual’s logical and analytical reasoning through the use of partial analogies. An example test question might be:

Bach : Composing :: Monet :

  • painting
  • composing
  • writing
  • orating


This should be read as “Bach is to (:) Composing as (::) Monet is to (:) _______.” The answer would be a. painting because just as Bach is most known for composing music, Monet is most known for his painting. More example questions may be found here.