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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Specific Content Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, May 25, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on words that require specific content knowledge. 

This video covers questions with specific content on the MAT. There are questions which will require additional background or contextual information the MAT. It is unlikely that students will have a grasp on all facts needed to complete these analogies, so it is essential to maintain good test taking skills to approach these questions. See below for our approach to questions with specific content.

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Classification Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, May 18, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on classifying words based on groups. 

The MAT tests many types of analogies including classification analogies. These classification analogies are a form of analogy that compares terms based on what group the term belongs to. This video demonstrates a strategy to approach to identify the answer to these sometimes seemingly obscure terms.

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Affix Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, May 11, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on affixes. 

The MAT tests on a number of analogies, including affix analogies. Affixes are part of a word that indicate a definition. At the beginning of a word, these are called prefixes. At the end of the word they are referred to as suffixes. As prior videos have described, it is important to have a working knowledge of affixes to succeed on the MAT. Below we provide a systematic strategy on approaching these affix questions. 

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Action Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, May 04, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on words that are action oriented. 

In preparing for the MAT, the action analogy requires specificity. While many students will encounter terms that are unfamiliar, there are ways to diligently break down the question and answer in order to increase the likelihood of reaching a correct answer.

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Degree Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, Apr 27, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on words that are lesser or greater than their counterparts. 

This video provides an approach to degree analogies where terms are compared based on their relationship. These terms typically are related by a lesser or greater degree than the other term. These questions require a systematic approach and can be challenging. We recommend that you watch this video a couple of times in order to hone your approach to these question types.

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Proper Place Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, Apr 20, 2020 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on proper nouns. 

This video looks at proper noun style questions, which may require some contextual knowledge. The MAT is a test that primarily tests on the ability to define relationships through analogies. This video uses an example of geographical landmarks to illustrate how to approach proper noun questions.

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Math Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on Mon, Apr 13, 2020 @ 08:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that focuses on math. 

The MAT presents as an alternative to the GRE for many students applying to graduate programs. MAT math focuses primarily on definitions and sequences rather than calculations. The MAT is composed of 120 questions over the course of 60 minutes. The main focus of this test is on test taker’s ability to solve analogies. We hope this video aids you in preparing for common math analogies on the MAT.

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ETS Introduces Online Live-Proctored Official GRE At-Home Testing

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Mon, Mar 23, 2020 @ 10:47 AM

COVID-19 has made taking in-person standardized tests such as the GRE impossible indefinitely across much of the world. Just in the past week Pearson Vue, the largest testing center company in the U.S., announced that all of their centers country-wide are closed until at least April 16. In response to these circumstances, beginning March 23, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) is at least temporarily offering a “GRE General Test at Home” for test takers in several nations including the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong.

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How Important is the GRE Analytical Writing Measure?

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Fri, Jul 05, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

A high GRE Analytical Writing score won’t help you get admitted to a top graduate program, but a below average score can keep you out of one.

The Analytical Writing measure assesses critical thinking and analytical writing capabilities. It evaluates your ability to communicate and support complicated ideas, design and test arguments, and engage in a clear and intelligible discussion of an issue. It doesn’t assess how much you know about a specific topic.

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Grammar Analogies

Posted by Lisa Alvarado on Mon, May 20, 2019 @ 09:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style analogy that tests your grammar mastery. 

Grammar may be something you wanted to avoid by taking the MAT instead of the ACT, SAT, or GMAT. But the way that the MAT tests grammar is based on the relationships between punctuation marks and what they actually indicate from a definition standpoint, rather than sentence completion as seen on the GMAT.

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