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What Is the NWEA 4th Grade MAP Test?

NWEA's 4th Grade MAP Test is an adaptive, computerized test that focuses on the student's abilities in language usage, reading, and math. This exam allows parents and teachers to better understand students' academic needs and areas of growth throughout the school year. A high MAP score can give your fourth grader the opportunity to achieve further academic success.

Click here for more general information about the MAP Test + Sample Questions for other grade levels. 

4th Grade MAP Sample Questions

Question 1: Math

What is 694 ÷ 30?

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 Question 2: Math

A supermarket packed 60 eggs into four egg boxes, split equally. How many eggs were in three boxes?

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 Question 3: Math

 What is the number 27 in exponential form?

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 Question 4: Language Usage

What is the correct spelling for more than one wolf?

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 Question 5: Language Usage

Which of the following answers shows a logical order of events?

A) Juanita went to the supermarket. She arranged the groceries in her fridge. She put the groceries in the car's trunk. She realized she forgot to buy milk.

B) Juanita put the groceries in the car's trunk. She went to the supermarket. She realized she forgot to buy milk. She arranged the groceries in her fridge.

C) Juanita went to the supermarket. She put the groceries in the car's trunk. She arranged the groceries in her fridge. She realized she forgot to buy milk.

D) Juanita realized she forgot to buy milk. She put the groceries in the car's trunk. She arranged the groceries in her fridge. She went to the supermarket.

Choose the correct answer:

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 Question 6: Language Usage

In which sentence are the words capitalized correctly?

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Question 7: Reading Comprehension

Read the passage.

Jesse Owens was an American track and field athlete who won the Olympic gold medal four times. Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history." He set all five of his world records in less than an hour at one of the biggest sports events in 1935. This achievement has been called "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport" and has never been equaled.

Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama, on September 12, 1913. He was the youngest of ten children, three girls and seven boys. Owens once said that the secret behind his success was: "I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up."

Which of the following details cannot be found in the passage?

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4th Grade MAP Test Scores

MAP tests are graded using the Rasch-Unit scale (RIT). The RIT scale functions as an equal-interval scale that measures each student’s abilities regardless of grade level. This measuring system can be compared to a ruler, in that the difference between each two RIT scores remains the same regardless of whether they are on the top or the bottom of the scale. Ultimately, the purpose of the scale is to provide parents, teachers, and students alike the opportunity to see how much they have progressed academically.

Want to find out more about 4th grade MAP test scores? Visit our MAP scores page to learn about NWEA MAP test scores for 4th grade, and find out where your child’s academic level stands.

The MAP Test & The Common Core

Since the use of the Common Core has increased so dramatically in the past few years, NWEA has adjusted every MAP test, including the fourth grade edition, to incorporate its criteria. TestPrep-Online offers practice tests that are adjusted to fit the test's Common Core curriculum. Our NWEA MAP for 4th Grade practice pack covers every component of the Common Core mentioned on the 4th grade MAP Test, making it easier for your child to reach the score he or she deserves.

NWEA MAP Math Section

The NWEA MAP math section for fourth graders is comprised of four common academic topics that have been taught to the students by the time they have reached the fourth grade.

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking: using the four operations; recognizing patterns; using numerical expressions
  • Numbers and Operations: performing mathematical operations and measurements with multi-digit whole numbers, fractions, and decimals
  • Measurement and Data: generating, representing, and interpreting data; solving measurement problems using factors such as length, liquid volume, and angle
  • Geometry: reasoning and understanding by using geometric concepts; identifying and utilizing three-dimensional figures; solving mathematical problems using graphs

NWEA MAP Language Usage Section

The three core topics included in the NWEA MAP language usage section are as follows:

  • Writing: planning, developing, and revising research and written material
  • Grammar and Usage: understanding and implementing grammar conventions
  • Understand and Edit Mechanics: understanding and using punctuation, capitalization, and spelling

NWEA MAP Reading Section

Generally, the NWEA MAP reading section focuses on informal texts and literature:

  • Word Meaning and Vocabulary Knowledge: deciphering word meaning through contextualization; recognizing word relationships and structures
  • Literature: analyzing texts, deducing key themes and structure
  • Informational texts: analyzing texts, deducing argument and purpose, taking into consideration factors such as point of view and bias

How to Prepare for the NWEA MAP 4th Grade

To prepare for the 4th Grade MAP test, the golden rule of practice, practice, practice applies. To optimize your fourth grader's practice sessions, practice material should be divided into what is more difficult for the student, and what is easier.

With a variety of practice material to offer, our MAP for 4th grade practice pack is able to help provide a direct reflection of what the student needs during each studying section. Our package includes NWEA replicated practice tests for 4th Grade as well as many sample questions to work with. Your child will not only be able to improve topic-specific knowledge in math, language usage, and reading, but also learn several new topics, all imperative to the test.


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