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.
Key pointers from this video:
- Identify the blank term and the pivot term. Recall A : B :: C :D.
E.g. in this question, term B is the blank term making term C the pivot term.
- Always note the formatting details for clues about the given analogy.
E.g. In this case we are examining prefixes. Duo is the prefix meaning two.
- Think about words you know that use the affix to define the meaning of the affix.
E.g. The affix ‘pan’ is found in the word pandemic. A pandemic occurs when there is widespread disease.
- Match the definition you derive from your knowledge of words to the given answer choices.