Lesson: Analogies - 01

Analogies Key facts and what are common Relationships

Analogies section of the test is directly involve your vocabulary pool. You must have a pool of alien words not in common use. To build your vocabulary of words commonly use in the analogies questions you should download our vocabulary lists provided in the vocabulary section of this site.

Logic between Word Pair

Second important factor is the logical relationship between the words. To learn how you can make analogies easy for you, learn all the concepts discussed in the following lessons.
Practice Questions

What Analogies Measure

Analogies measure your ability to recognize relationships among words and concepts they represent.

  • Your ability to understand the relationship between two words
  • Your vocabulary
  • parallel relationships
  • Analogies contain words only (no phrases). The first word pair is capitalized (all caps), but the five answer choices are not.
  • In all six word pairs, the first word is of the same part of speech (noun, verb, or adjective); the same is true of the second word in all six word pairs.


In each of the following questions, a related pair of words or phrases is followed by five lettered pairs of words or phrases. Select the lettered pair that best expresses a relationship similar to that expressed in the original pair.

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  1. tone : scale
  2. sound : waves
  3. verse : poem
  4. dimension : space
  5. cell : organism

Strategies for Answering

  • Establish a relationship between the given pair before reading the answer choices.
  • Consider relationships of kind, size, spatial contiguity, or degree.
  • all of the options, if more than one seems correct, try to state relationship precisely.
  • Check to see that you haven’t overlooked a possible second meaning for one of the words.
  • Never decide on the best answer without reading all of the answer choices.


The relationship between color and spectrum is not merely that of part to whole, in which case (E) or even (C) might be defended as correct. A spectrum is made up of a progressive, graduated series of colors, as a scale is of a progressive, graduated sequence of tones. Thus, (A) is the correct answer choice. In this instance, the best answer must be selected from a group of fairly close choices.

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Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is an exam administered by the Harcourt Assessment at Pearson testing centers. The MAT is an admissions exam accepted by many graduate programs in the United States. Additionally, it is used by many high-IQ societies across the world as an admission requirement. The MAT is intended to assess logical and analytical reasoning through completion of partial analogies. The test duration is 60 minutes and contains 120 questions. Exam formats include both computer-based tests (CBT) and paper and pencil format.