Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) has been used by colleges and universties for more than 60 years as an integral component of the graduate admissions process. The MAT is a high-level mental ability test requiring the solution of problems stated as analogies. It consists of 100 partial analogies that are to be completed in 50 minutes.
The MAT contains analogies in each of nine content categories, including language usage, mathematics, physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, history, literature, philosophy, fine arts, and general information. The examinee is not required to be a specialist in any of the areas. An applicant to graduate school will typically have been exposed to most, if not all, of the information necessary to complete each analogy.
Each of the analogies included on the MAT falls into one of the 14 categories:
- Sound relationships
- Letter relationships
- Or word relationships
This mix of relationship categories requires
examinees to explore all possible connections
between pairs of concepts.
What is the GRE?
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) consists of two separate tests: the General Test and the Subject Test in psychology. The General Test is composed of three parts--verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing. The verbal and the quantitative tests each yield a separate score between 200-800. Scores on the analytical writing test are reported in ½-point increments along a scale of 0 to 6. The Subject Test, required by only some programs, measures knowledge of psychological concepts that are essential to graduate study; it also yields a score of from 200-800. The book, Graduate Study in Psychology, will tell you whether schools require the GRE as well as the minimum scores they require for admission.
More than anything else, your admission to graduate school will depend on your scores on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE (not the Subject Test). It is essential that you do well--at least 550 on each test (600+ is even better)--to get into most doctoral programs. Master's programs are less competitive, so lower scores (450-500 on each of the tests) are less of a problem. You will probably have trouble being admitted into any program with scores less than 450 on one of the tests.
To ensure that you score as high as you can, it is essential to prepare for the GRE. Buy one of the review books and develop a systematic plan that will enable you to brush up on your skills in vocabulary, reading comprehension, analogies, algebra, and geometry.