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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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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Pivot Terms

Posted by Lisa Alvarado on Tue, Mar 12, 2019 @ 08:00 AM

In this continuation of our MAT review video series, we approach working through a standard MAT style Analogy via a technique using the “Pivot Term.”

A “Pivot term” is a term that cannot relate to the blank in the analogy; it helps you correctly determine the relationship between the given terms in the original analogy before evaluating answer choices. It’s imperative to identify this relationship before looking to the answer choices, as you will be better able to narrow your focus to pair the blank to one term vs. anything in the list of choices.

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Tags: MAT test, MAT, MAT vs. GRE, MAT Analogies, MAT prep

How to Ace the GRE Writing Section

Posted by Lisa Alvarado on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 10:00 AM


The purpose of the GRE’s Analytical Writing section is to test your critical thinking & analytical writing skills. These skills include your ability to properly articulate and support a complex idea, and build strong arguments while composing a well-structured and coherently written essay. One thing to note is that this does not assess your specific knowledge on a given topic.

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