Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is an exam created by Pearson to measure a student's readiness for graduate-level academic work. It is used by university admissions departments to compare students across undergraduate programs by using a single, standardized test. The MAT focuses on the application of analytical thinking skills in a range of subjects rather than a display of learned facts and knowledge.

MAT Basics

Unlike many standardized admissions tests, the MAT is scheduled on dates chosen by local Controlled Testing Centers (CTCs). Students should contact the nearest testing center for available dates.

The MAT is one hour long.

MAT testing fees vary and are determined by the individual testing centers. The fee includes the test, a student score report, and three official transcripts that can be sent to colleges. Students are encouraged to contact their preferred testing centers directly for more information.

The MAT is offered in over 500 locations across the country. Testing centers are typically located in universities, and students should call testing centers directly to find out more. To find a convenient testing center, scan the online list of CTCs by state.

Interested students should contact testing centers directly for instructions about how to register. Online registration is not available. On the day of the test, students must be able to present two forms of identification.

What Is On the MAT

The MAT consists of 120 analogies for students to complete. These statements are designed to highlight analytical thinking and measure a student's ability to see relationships between items. The content of the analogies ranges across different subject areas, including languages, humanities, math, natural sciences and social sciences.

The test is administered by computer and requires students to work quickly: There are 120 multiple choice questions in just one hour of testing. That amounts to just 30 seconds of time to consider each question.

How the MAT Is Scored

The MAT is scored on a 200-600 point scale, with 400 being the mean score of all test takers. The score report provides the scaled score as well percentile schools that show a student's rank among other test takers. Percentile scores are provided to compare students to all test takers and to a subset of those in your intended major.

There are no penalties for leaving a question blank or for incorrect answers. This means that students are encouraged to guess rather than leave any answers blank. All questions carry the same weight regardless of difficulty, though only 100 of the 120 questions count toward your score. The other questions are being studied for use on future exams.

Retaking the MAT

Many students retake the MAT to improve their scores. Though the score report sent to college admission departments contains only the score from a given test date, it will state how many times a student has taken the test overall. Scores are not averaged or otherwise aggregated on any score report.


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