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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.

Key pointers from this video:  

1. When it comes to the analogy, identify where the blank is and therefore where the pivot lies. In the example given: A is blank, so D is the pivot term, as it's the only of the given terms that can’t relate to any of the answer choices, so it has to relate to one of the terms provided.

2. Look at the pivot term and see which given term it has a relationship with.

3. If none of the choices create an identical relationship, you may need to take and step back and revisit if you chose the proper terms.

4. Be sure to properly define the terms in order to eliminate wrong answers that don't fit the relationship.

5. When dealing with grammar on the MAT always be literal.

This video was produced by MyGuru's Director of Online Instruction and expert online MAT tutor Stefan Maisnier. Visit our YouTube channel for more MAT analogy videos.

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