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The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is 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 are statements that suggest two terms are connected in some way and that two other terms are related to each other in the same way. These analogies are 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 are partial, meaning one of the terms is missing. For each analogy, you will 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 may appear in any of the four positions, and there will only be one acceptable answer per analogy.

Types of Relationships

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

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

Subject Areas

There are 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 must contact one of the hundreds of Controlled Testing Centers (CTCs) in the US and Canada. The registration process, scheduling process, and examination fees will differ depending on the CTC you choose.

Test Day

On the day of the test, you should arrive at the CTC between 15 and 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time. Once you have arrived, you will be asked to provide your Social Security number or Social Insurance number, two valid forms of identification, and your signature.

You are not allowed to use reference materials during the exam, and you will be asked to leave all personal items behind, including cell phones, headphones, bags, papers, notes, books, backpacks, and calculators. You will also not be allowed to have food in the testing room at any point.

How the MAT Exam is Scored

The Miller Analogies Test is 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 will show 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 is no universally accepted passing score for the MAT.

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How many questions are on the Miller Analogies Test?


There are 120 questions on the test, which appear in the form of partial analogies.


How long is the Miller Analogies Test?


The time limit for this test is one hour.


What is the passing score for the Miller Analogies Test?


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


How much does the Miller Analogies Test cost?


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

By Peter Rench

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 | This Page Last Updated: October 31, 2023