What is the structure and format of the MAT?
The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a 60-minute exam consisting of 120 verbal-analogy questions. All questions are multiple-choice (4 choices).
100 of the 120 questions are scored; the remaining 20 are not scored. The test designers incorporate unscored questions into the MAT in order to gauge their difficulty level and their statistical validity. Some such questions may appear on the MAT at a later date. Unscored questions are not identified; in other words, you will not be able to discern between scored and unscored questions.
All questions on the MAT are in the following form:
A : B :: C : D
This form should be read as follows:
A is to B as C is to D.
NOTE: You might understand some MAT analogies better by reading the above form in the following manner: "A is to C as B is to D." But these anologies should make sense read either way.
In each question, one of the four terms will be missing. Four options for the missing term will be provided. Your task is to select the option that best completes the analogy. The four options are lettered (a), (b), (c), and (d). Here's an example in which the second of the four terms is missing. Following the question is a brief analysis.
BAROMETER : (a. elevation, b. pressure, c. temperature, d. moisture) :: TACHOMETER : ROTATION
The correct answer is (b). A barometer measures air pressure, while a tachometer measures the rate of a shaft's rotation (usually in an engine).
The MAT is administered either as a computer-based test (CBT) or as a paper-and-pencil test, depending on the testing center. (At some testing centers both versions are available.) During the computer-based MAT, you indicate your selection by clicking on an oval next to one of the four options. For the paper-based MAT, you record your selection on an answer sheet by filling in the appropriate bubble. (You are not permitted to mark the test booklet.)