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Prepare for the NWEA MAP Language Usage Section

Is your child preparing for the MAP Language Usage Test? Proper preparation for this test is key to making sure the results provide an accurate picture of your child’s improvement. With TestPrep-Online's MAP practice packs, you can make sure your child arrives on test day motivated and prepared. Keep reading to learn more about the MAP language usage section.
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About the MAP Language Usage Section

The MAP language usage section is the third of the three MAP subtests. This test assesses students' writing and grammar across a range of levels. Like the rest of the MAP test, the language usage section is an untimed computer adaptive test. Students begin taking the language section in 2nd grade, and they are tested throughout every school year to track their progress.

MAP Language Usage Questions

The MAP language usage section is made up of approximately 52 questions that assess students' usage of writing strategies, writing application and style, mechanics, and grammar.

  • Writing strategy questions ask students to apply their knowledge of prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing.

  • The writing application and style component of the test provides students with sentences and paragraphs, and requires them to respond with correct writing usage as well as to demonstrate an understanding of the various composition forms. The types of composition students are given include poetry, personal narratives, and expository compositions.

  • The mechanics section of the test assesses punctuation. The degree of punctuation concepts utilized increases as student level grows.

  • In the grammar section, students are asked to show comprehension of word forms and tenses, sentence structures, phrases and clauses, and accurate spelling.

Give your child a chance to practice with every one of these question-types by purchasing our 3rd Grade and 4th Grade MAP practice packs, equipped with hundreds of questions, followed by hundreds of explanations.

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NWEA Language Usage Standards

MAP scores use a curriculum developed scale system called the RIT scale. Because MAP tests are meant to benchmark student progress across school years, there are no high or low scores. Students are in competition with their most recent highest scores, and are meant to use the knowledge they have learned throughout the school year to improve these scores. There are, however, national standards of RIT scores that have been calculated based on past testing years:

Grade Median RIT Score
2 203
3 211
4 218
5 223
6 224
7 228
8 230

*students begin taking the MAP language usage exam in second grade*

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MAP Language Usage Practice

Properly preparing for every section of the MAP test can help your child improve his or her score. As part of our practice packs, TestPrep-Online offers a full MAP language usage practice test that exposes your child to the test's structure, question types, and basic tips that will ensure his or her success. 

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