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What Does the MAT Test For?

The Miller Analogies Test or MAT is a standardized test used in graduate school admissions. The MAT is comprised entirely of analogies. But the MAT does more than test your ability to solve analogies. It also tests you on your general knowledge of a variety of topics, similar to the GRE or other standardized test but in a different question format.

So preparing for the MAT also means brushing up on your knowledge in the following areas, to name just a few:

  • Anthropology

  • Art

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • History

  • Math

  • Music

  • Philosophy

  • Vocabulary

When you realize just how many subjects the MAT can cover, it can seem like you may have to take every course in a college catalog or watch the last 20 years of Jeopardy!

Of course, you probably can’t do either of those things. What you can do is study the lists of terms common to each of these subject areas. You’ll find such lists on this website.

If you aren’t that knowledgeable about a certain subject, learning some important concepts, terms, and figures can mean getting a few more questions right on the real test. Don’t stress out — you don’t need to learn everything to do well on the MAT. Learn as much as you can in the time you have, and it will make a difference in your score.

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