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How are MAT scores calculated and reported?

Of all 120 questions on the Miller Analogies Test, 100 will count toward your MAT score. The remaining 20 questions will be "experimental." (Scored and experimental questions are interspersed, and will not be able to distinguish between the two types. So approach each and every question as a scored test item.)

Based on the number of scored questions you answer correctly, you will be awarded a scaled score, along with two distinct percentile rankings. This information will be included in your personal Score Report as well as in the Official Transcript sent to the institutions you designate as transcript recipients.

MAT Scoring — Your Scaled Score and Percentile Rankings

Your MAT Score Report (see below) will provide three different performance indicators. The first, and most significant, is a scaled score based on the total number of correct responses to the exam's 100 scored questions. No penalties are assessed for incorrect responses. The MAT scoring system employs a 200-800 scoring scale. The purpose of converting raw scores (the number of correct responses) to scaled scores is twofold:

  1. to account for a slight difference in difficulty as between the paper-based test and the CBT (computer-based test)

  2. to account for small variations in overall difficulty as between different versions of the exam administered at different times.

Your MAT Score Report (see below) will also provide two additional performance indicators, both of which are based on your scaled score. One is a percentile rank (from 0 to 99) comparing your scaled score to scaled scores earned by all other MAT examinees ("total group") over a recent three-year period. For example, a percentile rank of 76 means that you scored higher than 76 percent of all other examinees in the total group. The second additional performance indicator is another percentile rank (from 0 to 99). This one compares your scaled score to scaled scores earned by all other MAT examinees with the same intended major course of graduate study, also over a recent three-year period.

Your Personal Score Report and Official Transcript

Regardless of which version of the MAT you take — CBT or paper-based — a personal Score Report will be mailed to you within 10-15 days after the testing service receives your test responses. Personal Score Reports are provided only by mail; reports are not made available online or by telephone, fax, or email.

Your personal Score Report will indicate all MAT scaled scores (and percentile rankings) you have earned during the most recent five-year period.

NOTE: If you take the computer-based MAT, you will receive a Preliminary Score Report immediately upon completion of the timed test. This report is only for your information pending the personal Score Report. No information on the Preliminary Score Report will be reported to any school, and this report cannot be used as a substitute for an official MAT score report or transcript.

At the same time your personal Score Report is mailed to you, an Official Transcript will be sent directly by the testing service to each institution you designated as a transcript recipient when you sat for the exam. (You may designate up to three transcript recipients when you sit for the MAT.) The Official Transcript sent to a particular institution will list all information appearing on your personal Score Report except for the names of other institutions you designated as transcript recipients.

The information on this page is intended only as an overview. For complete, up-to-date information about MAT scoring, score reporting, and related topics, consult the current MAT Candidate Information Booklet (CIB), available in PDF format at the official MAT website.

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