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

Posted by Jordan Salley on April 20, 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 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.

Key pointers from this video:  

  1. Identify the pivot term. Recall that A : B :: C : D. In this case the pivot term could be the relationship between A and D. Identify the relationship between the given terms.
  2. Whenever the relationship is clear between the terms, but the choices are unknown proper nouns to the test taker, eliminate answer choices based on what is not correct. E.g. the church in the center of Paris is Notre Dame.
  3. If the answer is unknown, make your guess in less than 15 seconds.
  4. All MAT problems are expected to average 30 seconds per question. A question should never require more than 60 seconds to answer.

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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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