Important Facts About MAP Test
The Measures of Academic Progress test (MAP) is a computer adaptive assessment test by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The test is designed for 2nd grade through 12th grade students, and assesses reading, language usage, and math. The test is untimed, but usually takes about an hour to complete.
Computer adaptive tests are different from paper-and-pencil tests since the difficulty level of the test changes throughout the test according to the child’s ability. The test starts with a question that matches the student’s grade level. Every time the child answers correctly the following question will be more difficult. But, if the child answers incorrectly, the next question will be easier. Optimally, the child answers half of the questions correctly and half incorrectly.
The MAP adaptive test provides each child with a unique test, suitable for their academic level, independent of the grade.
Since the MAP test is a computer adaptive test it is important to familiarize your child with the test’s format and changing difficulty level before test day.
MAP Test Scores
Scores for the NWEA MAP are reported using the RIT scale (Rasch unIT). The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale, like a ruler with inches. The RIT scores are stable and cover all ages, and can be used to measure progress and academic growth from year to year.
Since the MAP test is taken on a computer, once the child finishes the test the scores are available.
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Sample Questions
MAP Math
The following question is an estimation and computation question, for scores 191-200 RIT which is an average 3rd grade score.
Question: - 14 = 27
A. 13 B. 17 C.51 D.33 E.41
Answer:
The correct answer is 41.
The first thing to notice when solving this type of question is that both sides of the equation must be equal. Since we are trying to solve for the , we must get it by itself on one side of the equation. To do this, we must add 14 to the left side of the equation, and since both sides of the equation must be equal, we must also add 14 to the right side of the equation.
- 14 + 14 = 27 + 14
On the left side of the equation, we have our ' ' by itself. We now have:
= 27 + 14
To solve for the ' ', simply add 14 to 27. Be sure to line up the numbers correctly to perform the addition:
1
27
+14
41
This means that = 41.
MAP Reading
The following question is a reading comprehension - evaluation question, for scores 211-220 RIT which is an average 6th grade score.
Directions
Which of the following sentences is an opinion?
A. Nicole ate one vegetable yesterday.
B. Nicole is polite to her classmates.
C. Nicole has brown hair.
D. Nicole ran faster than Jacob.
Answer:
The correct answer is B - Nicole is polite to her classmates.
The sentence “Nicole is polite to her classmates” is an interpretation of a behavior, and not an objective description of something that happened.
A is incorrect because “Nicole ate one vegetable yesterday” is a fact. Whether or not Nicole ate one vegetable yesterday can be verified or proven. It is a description of something that happened.
C is incorrect because “Nicole has brown hair” is a fact. The color of Nicole’s hair can be confirmed, and is an objective description.
D is incorrect because “Nicole ran faster than Jacob” is a fact. Since we can measure the how fast Nicole ran, and how fast Jacob ran we can confirm who ran faster.
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