Some background on the MAT:

  • The MAT is a high-level mental ability test requiring the solution of problems stated as analogies.
  • Performance on the MAT is designed to reflect candidates’ analytical thinking, an ability that is critical for success in both graduate school and professional life.
  • Through analogies with content from various academic subjects, MAT scores help graduate schools identify candidates whose knowledge and abilities go beyond mere memorizing and repeating information.
  • The analytical skills measured by the MAT are key to success in graduate school and are highly valued by graduate programs.
  • For more than 50 years, the MAT has proven to be a reliable and valid test for assessing candidates for graduate school.
  • Predictive validity studies conducted by Pearson and by independent researchers have shown positive correlations between MAT scores and subsequent success in graduate programs.

Please follow the steps below to set up an examination session with the SUNY Oswego Testing Coordinator.  If you have preliminary questions regarding the MAT, please email or call 315-312-2270 for more information.

Step 1: It is your responsibility to understand the policy and required MAT score for an institution.  Inquire with the institution in question, to be sure you know if the MAT is an acceptable exam for their program and what score is needed for admittance to the desired program.

Step 2: Contact to request an appointment to test.  Once you have agreed upon a testing session, please pay the required test fee of $85.00, using the payment link below. This payment needs to be complete at least 48 hours prior to the testing appointment or your appointment will be cancelled.

Available Summer 2018 Test Dates:

***Testing is offered every Wednesday between 9:00am-5:00pm.  Please see the following for additional testing options:

  • May 17th - Thursday - 12Noon - 4:00pm
  • June 4th - Monday - 9:30am-12:30pm
  • June 15th - Friday - 10:00am-1:00pm
  • June 28th - Thursday - 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • July 9th - Monday - 9:30am-12:30pm
  • August 2nd - Thursday - 10:00am-2:00pm
  • August 17th - Friday - 12Noon-3:00pm

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Step 3:  Arrive for your testing appointment at the scheduled time. You should allow 20 minutes prior to the exam start to register for the exam through Pearson Assessments.  The testing coordinator will work with you to complete this step in the testing lab. You will be required to show your valid government issued photo ID and a secondary ID (student ID, Library Card, Credit Card, etc.) and store your personal belongings before entering the testing lab.  It is recommended that for testing security purposes that you use your social security number while registering for the exam.  It is entered by you and does not need to be shared with the testing coordinator or any other person during this process.  Inquire with the testing coordinator, should you not want to use your SS# during registration. The testing lab location is in Hewitt Union Room 213C.

 PARKING: Visit our parking information page if you are a visitor to the campus, to obtain a parking pass!


Step 4: Begin testing.  The test is 60 minutes long and includes 120 questions. You do not need to take the entire time, should you finish early.

Step 5: Receive your unofficial Preliminary Score Report.  Upon completing the exam, you will provided with the preliminary score.  Official score reports will be sent to the candidate and to the chosen reporting institution, the student has chosen during the registration process. Please refer to the Candidate Information Booklet for more information. (


Students with disabilities, requiring testing accommodations, must visit the site for more information on how to request the accommodations.  Students cannot request accommodations on the day of testing, as documentation needs to be provided directly to Pearson Assessments, prior to the test date.