Psychological Services Center

Miller Analogies Test


What is the Miller Analogies Test?

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a high-level mental ability test requiring the solution of problems stated as analogies.

The test consists of 120 items to be administered in 60 minutes. The 20 extra items are experimental items that will not count towards examinees' scores and are being field-tested for possible use on new test forms.

Fluency in the English language, a broad knowledge of literature, philosophy, history, science, mathematics, and fine arts, and the ability to reason out relationships may contribute to performance on the MAT.

There is no foreign-language edition of the MAT.

On this test, the use of notes, books, calculators (including watch calculators, pagers, cellular phones, cameras, PDAs, other recording devices, or any other electronic devise or reference material is prohibited. You are also not allowed to wear a hat with a bill or a brim without prior permission to do so. If you have a watch with an alarm or chime, it must be turned off during test. (Harcourt Assessment, Inc, copyright 2005).

A Candidate Information Booklet is available online by going to the MAT website.

You can also obtain sample tests by buying an MAT preparation guide by contacting Graduate Services or at your local bookstore or by visiting your public library.

A "passing" score depends on the requirements of the universities to which you are applying. Please contact the schools to which you are applying to find out what score you need in order to "pass".

Procedure for MAT Registration (limited to 4 persons per session)

*Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic we have suspended administration of the MAT test until further notice*

  • Registration is unavailable at this time.
  • When available, the MAT is administered every week on various days and times.
  • You need to register at least two (2) weeks in advance as we cannot accommodate walk-ins.
  • The fee for taking the MAT test is $100.00. This fee is paid at the time of testing either by check or money order made payable to Xavier University.
  • The testing session takes approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long until I get my results?

The unofficial results will be available after taking the test. The official results of the MAT will be mailed to you in approximately 2-3 weeks from Harcourt Assessments.

What is the cost?

FEE FOR ADMINISTRATION CURRENTLY IS $100.00 (we currently accept only a check or money order)

How long is the test?

60 minutes

Where can I obtain a Candidate Information Booklet?

Please go to this web-site.

What if I have to retake the MAT?

There are a number of alternate, comparable forms of the MAT. The form of the MAT administered to an examinee who retakes the MAT is determined by that examinee's MAT testing history.

If an examinee retaking the MAT is administered the same form more than once in a twelve-month period, the examinee's retest score will be voided and will not be reported to anyone. For this reason, score reports include a retest admission ticket.

When you apply to retake the MAT, be sure to inform the PSC assistant that you have taken the MAT within the past 12 months, and be sure to bring your retest admission ticket with you when you report for testing.

Where can I obtain a sample test?

There is a sample test included in the Candidate Information Booklet which is available online. For more information of the MAT or to take a practice test please visit the web-site.

How can I contact Harcourt Assessment Inc.?

(800) 622-3231 Monday-Friday, 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M., Central Time.