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Taking the MAT

Discussion in 'Baptist Colleges & Seminaries' started by tinytim, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. tinytim

    tinytim <img src =/tim2.jpg>

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    Within a few months I will be taking the MAT (Miller Analogies Test) as part of my application process into Palmer Theological Seminary.

    I was just wondering what your thoughts on it was for those that took it... and what did you do to prepare for it?

    I have been playing all evening on the net with free practice tests.. and I am getting like 95% of the answers right...

    But I am afraid the real thing is much tougher than what the practice tests are on the net...
     
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    I did the GRE, but best of luck to you!
     
  3. Martin

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    I found the test very confusing. After about an hour of analogies I felt like I was going crazy. But things went alright. I liked the Research & Education Association's "The Best Test Preparation for the MAT".

    Good luck on the exam!
     
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    I once browsed a preparation book for the MAT that belonged to a former girlfriend. She was applying for graduate school at that time. I took a sample test and did ok. How I did it I'll never know because most of the analogies made absolutely no sense to me at least on the conscious level. All I can say is, "good luck and God's speed." You will need it.
     
  5. preachinjesus

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    I took the MAT about a month ago. Did pretty well. I don't think it is a test you can prepare for beyond the prep work that is provided for free from the testing institution.

    You need a broad knowledge base and the ability to see the trees and forest at the same time imho. It wasn't too awfully hard...of course the next day I took the GRE. What a pair.

    The MAT is far easier to the GRE in my opinion, but the MAT is also falling out of use in most graduate schools. :)
     
  6. tinytim

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    The free stuff on the Net seems so easy to me.. for example, I answered 40 questions on one site last night in 15 minutes.. and only missed 3 of them...
     
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    MAT prep

    Maybe you're just smart?

    The MAT supposedly assesses reasoning ability as opposed to the GRE which has components of reasoning, application, and knowledge. Other than being familar with making analogies, I'm not sure that there's a way to prepare for it. After all, it's based on your reasoning abilities from a lifetime of experience. BTW, I did both GRE and MAT many, many moons ago. I have absolutely no basis for evaluating its difficulty.
     
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    I took the MAT. There's really no way to prepare for it. Just a bunch of English and Mathematical analogies.
     
  9. mcdirector

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    Tim, I took the GRE too, but when I signed up for the test, they sent me free prep material that was very helpful. Maybe the MAT folks do the same thing.
     
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