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The Miller Analogies Test is no longer being administered as of November 2023. Transcripts and score reports are still available via Pearson’s website through November 2024.

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) was an admissions exam used by graduate schools and high IQ societies across the United States. The MAT measures your capability to recognize relationships between concepts, your grasp of the English language, and your general cross-disciplinary knowledge (humanities, math, social sciences, and more).

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MAT Exam Outline

The Miller Analogies Test contains 120 partial analogies, and you will be given one hour to complete them.

What is an MAT Analogy?

The analogies on the MAT were statements that suggested two terms were connected in some way and that two other terms were related to each other in the same way. These analogies were written using the equation form \(A:B::C:D\). You would read this as “A is to B as C is to D.”

All analogies found on the MAT were partial, meaning one of the terms was missing. For each analogy, you would be asked to fill in the missing term using one of four answer choices provided.

Here’s an example:

McKinley : Roosevelt :: Kennedy : (a. Eisenhower, b. Truman, c. Roosevelt, d. Johnson)

This reads as “McKinley is to Roosevelt as Kennedy is to _______.” Theodore Roosevelt was William McKinley’s vice president, which means that the missing term is the person who was vice president under John F. Kennedy. Lyndon B. Johnson was Kennedy’s vice president, so choice D is the correct answer.

The missing term could have appeared in any of the four positions, and there would only be one acceptable answer per analogy.

Types of Relationships

The relationships between terms in MAT analogies were grouped into four categories:

  • Semantic: These analogies generally involved the definition of words and how words are connected linguistically.
    • Synonym or definition
    • Antonym or contrast
    • Intensity
    • Word part/meaning
  • Classification: These analogies generally involved the hierarchy of various words and concepts.
    • Category
    • Membership
    • Whole/part
  • Association: These analogies generally involved relationships between two ideas.
    • Object/characteristic
    • Order
    • Agent/object
  • Logical/Mathematics: These analogies generally involved logical or mathematical equations and patterns.

Subject Areas

There were five distinct subject areas covered by the Miller Analogies Test:

  1. Language and Vocabulary
  2. Humanities
  3. Social Sciences
  4. Natural Sciences
  5. Mathematics

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MAT Exam Registration

To register for the MAT, you needed to contact one of the hundreds of Controlled Testing Centers (CTCs) in the US and Canada. The registration process, scheduling process, and examination fees differed depending on the CTC you chose.

How the MAT Exam was Scored

The Miller Analogies Test was scored using a scaled scoring method. This method takes your raw score, which is the number of questions you answered correctly, and converts it to a score on a scale of 200-600. Your score report showed you the scaled score you received as well as what percentile rank you earned.

Each school/program set its own passing score standards, so there was no universally accepted passing score for the MAT.

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How many questions are on the Miller Analogies Test?


There were 120 questions on the test, which appeared in the form of partial analogies.


How long is the Miller Analogies Test?


The time limit for this test was one hour.


What is the passing score for the Miller Analogies Test?


There was no set passing score for this test. Each school/program chose its own passing score requirements.


How much does the Miller Analogies Test cost?


The examination fee differed depending on the Controlled Testing Center (CTC) you took the exam with.

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Peter Rench joined Mometrix in 2009 and serves as Vice President of Product Development, responsible for overseeing all new product development and quality improvements. Mr. Rench, a National Merit Scholar, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in mathematics from Texas A&M University.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: June 19, 2024