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Miller Analogies Test (MAT) Review Series: Classification Analogies

Posted by Jordan Salley on May 18, 2020 9:00:00 AM CDT

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.

Key pointers from this video:  

  1. Identify the pivot. Recall A: B :: C : D.
  2. If D is the blank term, then A will be the pivot term.
  3. Determine the relationship between the given terms.
    E.g. A lion is part of a pride.
  4. When reviewing answers, remember that ‘kind of alike’ is never an acceptable answer.
    E.g. Proud is a similar term to pride but is not a term related to tigers.
  5. Always consider if common terms could have a secondary definition.
    E.g. ambush, which is a pack of tigers.
  6. Eliminate answers that would change the existing analogy.
    For e.g. Tiger is to tigress as lion is to lioness.

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Jordan Salley is a senior test prep tutor for MyGuru. For more information on MAT prep, our unique approach, and our tutors, visit us here

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