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Prepare for the NWEA MAP Reading Section

Is your child about to take the MAP reading test? Whether this is your child's first or third time taking the MAP reading test, TestPrep-Online can help. Learn about the MAP reading section and uncover all the information you need for navigating the test and helping your child succeed.
 
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About the MAP Reading Section

The MAP reading section is part of three main MAP tests offered to students in grades K–12. Like all other sections, MAP reading is an untimed computer adaptive achievement test. This means that test questions increase or decrease in difficulty based on a student's previous answer. The MAP reading test is used by educators to track growth throughout students' school years. Results give students an idea of where they rank nationally, but they also point to each student's personal progress.

MAP Reading Questions

The MAP reading test is comprised of 42 questions that utilize the following three components:

Informational text
Questions making up the informational text component ask students to read a few passages within a limited time and answer reading comprehension questions. The following questions are examples of question types that may appear on the informational text section:

  • Identify the main subject in a sentence
  • Identify whether a given statement is true or false
  • Sequence a chain of events correctly
  • Identify the purpose of a given structure within the passage

The order of the example questions above corresponds to the increasing level of difficulty that appears on the section as students answer previous questions correctly.

Foundational skills and vocabulary
The foundational skills and vocabulary section includes questions focusing on phonics, word recognition, and word relationships. Question types may ask students on a lower level to identify syllables, or ask that they match a word to the appropriate antonym or synonym. Students who demonstrate a higher level of skills may be asked to answer the same types of questions, albeit those utilizing more advanced concepts.

Literature
The literature section of the test is similar to the informational text section in that both assess reading comprehension. However, the literature component of the test requires students to identify literary elements within the passages, such as:

  • Character identification
  • Author's purpose
  • Identifying key elements within the plot

MAP Reading Standards

MAP scores are given using a RIT scale. RIT scores are designed to track individual student progress. The MAP test is meant to be taken by students at various points throughout the academic calendar. This means that if a student scores a RIT score of 181 on the reading section, his or her goal should be to surpass that score next time.


Standard RIT Scores for Reading from the 2011 Academic Year


Grade Beginning
of Year
Middle
of year
End
of Year

K

142.5

150.6

155.1

1

160

170.1

176.1

2

175.9

183.4

189.2

3

190.2

194.8

199.2

4

199.6

203

203.6

5

207.1

209.9

212.4

6

212.5

214.2

216.2

7

216.6

218.2

219.6

8

219.5

221.4

222.6

9

221.8

222.2

222.9

10

222.9

223.3

223.9


For more information about RIT scores and how the MAP test is graded, visit our MAP Scores page.

MAP Reading Practice

Practicing for the MAP reading section can aid your child in achieving his or her goals. Since the MAP tests are meant to benchmark student progress, proper preparation can help that progress immensely. TestPrep-Online offers a comprehensive reading practice pack equipped with practice questions, study guides, tips, and more. With the help of TestPrep-Online, you can ensure your child walks into his or her next MAP test ready to succeed.

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