## About the NWEA MAP Growth Test

The 8th Grade Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) Test is administered to students in the eighth grade, usually three times a year. The test serves as a reflection of the student’s progress throughout the school year. Teachers and parents use the MAP Test results to tailor a unique learning plan according to each student's educational strengths and weaknesses.

The 8th Grade MAP Test has three sections: Math, Language Usage, and Reading, with some schools adding a Science section. Note that all segments are aligned with the American Common Core standards. Designed as an adaptive test, the difficulty level of each question is dependent on whether the student has answered the preceding question correctly. Though untimed, students usually spend less than an hour on each section of the test.

Even though our 8th Grade MAP Practice Pack does not have the same adaptive function as the actual test, it successfully familiarizes your child with all test topics and variant question styles. Additionally, each question and answer is coupled with detailed explanations and solving tips to give your child the edge.

Preparing for the 8th Grade MAP Test will give your child a better understanding of the test, the questions to expect, and how to answer them. It will also contribute to a far more accurate picture of your child's academic potential and ability to grow and excel in his or her school studies.

## NWEA MAP Sample Questions

 MAP 8th Grade Sample Question 1: Math What is the value of α? A) 65° B) 70° C) 75° D) 85° Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (D). According to the Exterior Angle Theorem, the measure of the exterior angle of a triangle is equal to the sum of the measures of the remote interior angles.In this question the exterior angle is ∢BCD, therefore it equals the sum of ∢ABC and ∢BAC:60° + α = 145° → α=85° Exterior AnglesAn exterior angle is formed by extending one of the sides of the triangle. The angle formed between the extended side and the other side is the exterior angle: Alternative SolutionThis question can also be solved using the inner angles of the triangle. ∢ACB and ∢BCD are supplementary angles and therefore they add up to 180°. Thus:∢BCD + ∢ACB = 180° → 145° + ∢ACB = 180° → ∢ACB = 35°Looking at the triangle ∆ABC you now have two angles whose value you know, and the missing value of α. In a triangle the angles add up to 180°, therefore:∢BAC + ∢ABC + ∢ACB → α + 60° + 35° = 180° → α = 85°

 MAP 8th Grade Sample Question 2: Math What is 6398 ÷ 14? A) 457 B) 467 C) 452 D) 362 Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (A)First, set up the division:Take the first pair of numbers and divide by 14. 14 divides into 63 four whole times. Write this four above the 63. Then, subtract the four batches of 14 (4 x 14 = 56) from the 63 to find the remainder.4 x 14 = 56.63 – 56 = 7.The remainder of that division is seven.To do the next division, bring down the next number in the dividend, which is 9.Now, divide 79 by 14. 14 divides into 79 five whole times, as 5 x 14 = 70. Write the 5 above the 9.To find the remainder, subtract 70 from the 79. Therefore, the remainder is 9.Once again, bring down the next number in the dividend, the 8. Then, divide 98 by 14. 14 divides into 98 seven times exactly. Write the 7 above the 8.After the last division, there are no remainders, as 14 is a factor of 98. Therefore, the correct answer is 457.
 MAP 8th Grade Sample Question 3: Math Daniel's father's age is 48, which is four times greater than Daniel's age. What age will Daniel be next year? A) 9 B) 10 C) 12 D) 13 E) 14 Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (D). To solve this problem, first find Daniel's age. Daniel's father's age is four times greater than Daniel's age. Therefore, to find Daniel's age, divide his father's age by 4: 48 ÷ 4 = 12. Daniel's age is 12, and next year he will be one year older, meaning he will be 13 years old. Therefore, the correct answer is (D).

The Mathematics section is a crucial part of the NWEA MAP Math Test, designed to assess a student's mathematical skills and knowledge. The test contains an average of 50 questions and doesn't have a time limit but usually takes 60-90 minutes, depending on the grade level of the student. The test has four main topics: Numbers and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, and Data Analysis & Probability.

In addition to these main topics, the test may also include questions that assess a student's foundational skills, such as their ability to identify and work with mathematical symbols and concepts. Students may also encounter vocabulary questions that focus on math-related terminology.

Our MAP 8th grade preparation contains a full-length Math simulation + 3 sub-topic math quizzes, to make sure you master each question type found in the test.

 MAP 8th Grade Sample Question 2: Language Usage Read the following sentence Don’t spend time with Spencer’s circle of friends; they are the wolves of the school, and they are incredibly rude. Which of the following poetic and literary devices is used in the sentence on the left? A) Alliteration B) Simile C) Oxymoron D) Ononmatopoeia E) Foreshadowing F) Personification Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is A. Alliteration is when multiple words appearing close together begin with the same sound. In the above sentence, the words “spend,” “Spencer,” and “circle” all begin with the same consonant sound, even though they do not all begin with the same letter. “Simile” is incorrect. A simile compares different things figuratively by stating their likeness, usually using words such as “like” or “as.” The sentence uses a metaphor by comparing Spencer’s friends to wolves, but it does so by saying that they are wolves, not by saying that they are like wolves or that they behave as wolves do. It is, therefore, only a metaphor, not a simile, which is not one of the answer choices. “Oxymoron” is incorrect. An oxymoron is a seemingly contradictory phrasing of something that joins two opposing words to reach its meaning. One might think that “incredibly rude” is an oxymoron because the word “incredible” has good connotations, whereas the word “rude” is generally negative, yet their definitions pose no actual contrast. To say that something is incredibly [blank] is merely to say that the degree to which it is [blank] is incredible, meaning that it is unusual or extraordinary how [blank] it is. Or, in simpler terms, it means that it is very [blank]. Therefore, it is not oxymoronic to say that someone is rude to an unusual degree. An example of an oxymoron using the word “incredibly” could be “incredibly ordinary.” What this essentially means is that it is very ordinary, yet it accomplishes this meaning by stating that it is unusual how usual it is, or extraordinary how ordinary it is. These are words with direct contrast. “Onomatopoeia” is incorrect because it refers to words that mean the sound that they make, such as “buzz” or “boom,” and there are no words like this in the sentence. “Foreshadowing” is incorrect because it refers to when later events are hinted at, and we are only looking at one sentence, so there are no later events to be foreshadowed. “Personification” is incorrect because it refers to giving human attributes and abilities to non-human entities, and this is not done in the sentence.
 MAP 8th Grade Sample Question 3: Language Usage Which of the following sentences includes an example of vague pronoun use? A) Callie styled her hair in a french braid,in spite of the heavy rain outside, which was the reason she was late for work B) Dont listen to them about anything C) Amelie and Jemma went to the mall to try on clothes, and they had a great time D) It isn't wise to have a tank of fish without a filter because it will get ready. Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is A. A pronoun is a word that refers to a specific noun in a given context, and its antecedent is the word that is being referred to. Vague pronoun use is when it is unclear what the antecedent is, as there are multiple fitting subjects or objects that could be what the pronoun in the sentence is referring to. In the sentence in option A, the word “which” is a relative pronoun referring to something that “was the reason [Callie] was late for work.” It is unclear, however, which antecedent it is referring to—the fact that she “styled her hair in a French braid,” or “the heavy rain outside.” That is why it is considered vague pronoun use. (Note: There is no noun present in the first part of the sentence that is serving as the antecedent to the pronoun “which,” yet the pronoun could be referring to the act of Callie styling her hair, which is an unwritten noun that the phrase creates.) Option B is incorrect because it uses an implied pronoun, not a vague pronoun. An implied pronoun is when there is no antecedent within the sentence to let us know what the pronoun is referring to. In this sentence, there are no people mentioned to let us know to whom “them” is referring to. Option C is incorrect because the pronoun has a clear antecedent. Both “Amelie and Jemma” and “clothes” are potential antecedents that the pronoun “they” could be accurately referring to according to pronoun-antecedent agreement rules. However, since we know that clothes cannot have a great time because they are inanimate objects, it is clear that the pronoun “they” must be referring to “Amelie and Jemma.” Option D is incorrect because there is a clear antecedent that the pronoun “it” must be referring to. This sentence may sound a bit confusing because there are three nouns listed in the subject: “tank,” “fish,” and “filter,” and the pronoun “it” could theoretically be referring to any one of them. However, upon basic examination, we can see that “it” cannot be referring to “fish,” because “fish” is being used here as a plural word (which can be understood from the fact that it does not say “a fish”), and the word “they” would have been used if it were referring to “fish.” Additionally, it does not follow logically that “it” would be referring to “filter,” because we are talking about a case in which there was no filter. When discussing a situation in which one has a tank “without a filter,” and one uses a pronoun to refer to something in this scenario, the pronoun must be referring to one of the nouns present in the scenario. Since we have established that there is no filter, the only singular noun present is “tank.” Therefore, this is not an example of vague pronoun use.

The NWEA MAP Language Usage Test was designed to assess a student's knowledge and understanding of the English language. The test contains approximately 52 questions and doesn't have a time limit but most students finish it in 60-75 minutes, depending on the grade level of the student. The test has various topics related to Language usage, including: Vocabulary, Grammar, Mechanics, and Writing.

In addition to these main topics, the test may also include questions that assess a student's understanding of Figurative language, Idioms, and Rhetorical Devices.

Our 8th grade MAP preparation offers a detailed Language Usage simulation and 6 video lessons that break down each subtopic ensuring that you have a thorough understanding of each question type found on the test.

 MAP 8th Grade Sample Question 3: Reading What is the meaning of the word bidirectional? A) in one direction B) in two directions C) in three directions D) in four directions Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ Answer (B) is correct because the prefix bi- means "two." Here is the word bidirectional used in a sentence: Central Boulevard is bidirectional: there are both eastbound and westbound traffic lanes. See the Study Guide for a list of prefixes to indicate numbers. Here are other words using the prefix bi- bi + lingua (language)= bilingual= knowing two languages bi + ped (foot) = biped = walking on two legs bi + cent (hundred)= bicentennial= two hundredth anniversary bi + weekly=biweekly=every two weeks bi + ocular (eye)=two eyes=binocular bi + partisan (side)=two sides=bipartisan (used to describe when opposing political parties work together)

The Reading section is an important part of the NWEA MAP Reading test, designed to assess a student's reading comprehension skills. The section contains 42 questions and doesn't have a time limit but takes approximately 50-60 minutes. The test has three main topics: Informational & Literary passages followed by related questions, and Foundational skills & Vocabulary questions that focus on phonics, word recognition, and word relationships.

Get fully prepared for the 8th-grade MAP Reading Test with our comprehensive preparation that includes a full-length Math simulation and 6 subject-targeted math quizzes. Our prep materials cover all Reading question types found in the actual test, ensuring you're fully equipped to succeed.

## 8th Grade MAP Test Scores

The NWEA MAP Growth scoring system is based on the Rasch unIT (RIT) scale. This scale provides a grade-independent score, which demonstrates the student's ability and knowledge on the various subjects the test measures. The RIT scale produces scores that gives an opportunity to monitor students growth from year to year along developmental scales.

Every question on the test has an RIT value that reflects the question and topic's complexity level. The final RIT score given to the student represents the specific complexity level in which he or she is predicted to answer approximately 50% of the questions correctly. In addition to a general RIT score, the students receive a separate RIT score for each section of the MAP test, which enables them to spot their strengths and weaknesses.

## MAP Math for 8th Grade

The 8th grade MAP math section contains approximately 47-53 questions from various mathematical topics:

• Number Sense: Applying concepts of identification, counting, comparing, and ordering various types of numbers.
• Computation & Problem Solving: Applying properties of computation to solve real-world and mathematical problems involving various number types.
• Algebraic Concepts: Applying algebraic concepts, such as the extension of patterns, simplification of expressions, solving equations and inequalities, identification of points on the coordinate plane, and examination of functions.
• Geometry: Applying geometric concepts, including 2-D and 3-D figures identification and classification, symmetry and transformations, similar and congruent figures, the Pythagorean Theorem, and scale factors.
• Measurement: Using measurement, conversion, appropriate use of units, and calculation of geometric measures such as circumference, area, surface area and volume.
• Statistics & Probability: Application of methods of organizing, reading, and interpreting graphs, collecting, and analyzing data, and determining probability and using it to make predictions regarding possible outcomes.

## Map Language Usage for 8th Grade

The 8th Grade MAP language usage section contains approximately 50-53 questions from various grammar and writing level topics:

• Mechanics: Understanding conventions of capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
• Parts of Speech: Understanding various aspects of speech.
• Usage: Correct Usage of grammar and sentence structure.
• Writing Process: Efficiently use research and writing skills to plan, organize, develop, and revise writing

The 8th Grade MAP reading section contains approximately 40-43 questions including both informal text and literature comprehension:

• Word Meaning: Comprehension of words and nuances through context, clues, spot relations between words, and via the recognition of the structures behind them.
• Literary Concepts: Analyzation of literary text - determining primary ideas and themes, recognizing structures, and drawing conclusions.
• Informational Concepts: Examination, reading, and comprehension of informational texts – determining main ideas, making inferences and predictions, and analyzing the development of arguments

## Preparing for the 8th Grade MAP Growth Test

Preparing for the 8th Grade MAP Test is crucial to obtaining the highest results possible. Even though the MAP Test is not timed, it can be especially tricky for those who are unfamiliar with the questions. Moreover, as many schools and gifted programs use the MAP scores to determine an applicant's qualification, a high MAP score can have a significant impact on your child's future.

So, how to prepare? TestPrep-Online offers 8th Grade MAP Practice Pack. This pack can upgrade your child performance on the test and help him or her learn to improve his or her skills on any of the test's sections. The pack features different methods of preparation and includes section-specific detailed study guides, graduated difficulty level quizzes, a full-length simulation, and hundreds of practice questions with detailed explanations for all three sections of the 8th Grade MAP test (Language Usage, Reading, and Math).

## Free MAP 8th Grade PDF Test Practice

View and download a free TestPrep-Online 8th Grade MAP Sample Test. This is a printable practice test with various questions along with detailed explanations. This would be an excellent starting point for further learning towards the upcoming MAP exam.

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