To be considered for admission to the Graduate School for pursuing an MAEd or EdS in ESL, applicants must take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

The MAT is a high-level mental ability test requiring the solution of problems stated as analogies with content from various academic subjects. It is designed to reflect candidates' skills in analytical thinking. The test has 120 questions that must be answered in 60 minutes. Test takers can take the test at the UAB Testing Center. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 388.

MAT Preparation and Test-Taking Tips:

    • Review the test preparation study guide on the UAB MAT site and take the practice tests. Other MAT preparation books are sold at the UAB Bookstore.
    • Test takers should arrive at the test center 30 minutes before the test is scheduled to start.
    • Wear a watch to keep track of the 60 minutes alloted time for the test since cell phones are not allowed in the testing center.
    • If test takers do not know the answer to a question, it is recommended to "simply mark C." "Simply marking C" works well since the passing score on the MAT corresponds to correctly marking only 35% of questions. You can go back and change answers later if you have time. It is more important you answer all 120 questions within the 60 minutes allotted time. (Note: This approach will not work when a higher score is required. This approach also does not work well on other types of exams, especially where incorrect answers are penalized.)

GRE General Test

The GRE assesses skills in verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. Tests take approximately four hours and must be taken at a designated test center. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 290.


To obtain P-12 certification in Alabama, candidates must score at least 155 on the ESOL Praxis #5362. This same score is required of Alternative Track students for eligibility to student teach in ESL.
ETS Praxis official site
ESL Praxis practice