What are the MAP Growth Tests?

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is are computer-adaptive assessment tests produced by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The tests are designed for kindergarten through 12th grade students, and assess reading, language usage, math, and, for some grades, general sciences. The test is untimed, but usually takes about an hour to complete.

The MAP Growth provides each child with a unique testing experience that is suitable for his or her academic level, independent of grade. This makes the MAP different from other standardized tests that you or your child may have seen in the past and makes it even more important to be familiar with the test’s format and changing difficulty level before test day.

Free MAP Growth Practice Resources

2nd Grade MAP Growth Practice

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Why Does My Child Need to Take the MAP Growth Test?

The MAP test is a useful tool for both teachers and students. It measures student progress so that teachers can pinpoint weaker areas to work on and stronger areas where students need to be challenged. It can be used to compare a group of students in the same classroom or to predict individual achievements. MAP tests are also used to place students in special programs based on their progress. The test was designed to be used by students of all ages, underlining the importance of tracking progress to improve education in general.

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2nd Grade MAP Reading Comprehension Question
Read the passage.

Today was a wonderful day. In the morning, all the kids in our school went to help out in the community. One class went to help tidy up the town library, another class went to plant flowers in a public garden, and my class went to help serve lunch in a home for the elderly. When we got back to school, the principle spoke to us and said it's great that we can be a meaningful part of society from an early age.
After school, I went to my friend Jenna's place. She's our neighbor. Her big brother made pizzas for us and we ate them in a tent they put up in the living room. It was such a fun day.

Which word is spelled incorrectly in this passage?





 
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3rd Grade MAP Math Question


Solve the open sentence:

s + 4 = 6s – 1





 
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4th Grade MAP Language Usage Question
Which title of a work of art is capitalized correctly?





 
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5th Grade MAP Reading Comprehension Question

Read the passage.

Elsa was looking out the window. It was a very cold, dark, and stormy night. The windowsill was freezing as she tried to lean on it to see outside the window. She gave up trying and decided to go and play with her little sister. It had been a long time since they had last played. She thought it might make her feel a bit better.

What is the author’s mood?





 
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6th Grade MAP Math Question

Farmer Brown needs to fit all his cows and sheep into a large pen. He sees two rectangular pens for sale. One measures 30 m by 15 m. The other measures 45 m by 10 m. Farmer Brown thinks they are both the same, and therefore, just buys the cheaper pen. Which property does he use to say they are the same?





 
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MAP Growth Content and Format

NWEA's MAP Growth Test covers four main areas: reading, language use, math, and, for some grades, general sciences. The test uses a variety of question types, such as multiple choice, fill in the blank, and drag and drop answers. Each section contains approximately 52 questions. However, this is subject to variation due to the test's adaptive nature.

Computer adaptive tests are different from paper-and-pencil tests as 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. Each time the child answers correctly, the following question is more difficult. But, if the child answers incorrectly, the next question is easier. The RIT score the student receives at the end reflects the level in which the student answers roughly 50% of the questions correctly.

MAP Growth Sections

Each of the core sections of the MAP Test includes questions on material relevant to the student's grade or level.

  • The reading section tests knowledge of different types of writing forms and ability to analyze paragraphs and correctly draw on main ideas, concepts, and themes.
  • The language usage section tests a student's level of vocabulary, grammar, and spelling.
  • The math section tests topics ranging from basic to advanced math.

 

MAP Growth 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. A student's RIT score indicates the level of questions that he or she is expected to answer correctly about 50% of the time.
Since the MAP test is taken on a computer, once the child finishes the test the scores are available. Read more about how the MAP test is scored and how to interpret your child's progress on our MAP Scores page. 

MAP Test Tips

Sometimes, it can be hard knowing just where to start in the prepping process. We recommend sharpening language and math skills through reading and plenty of practice tests. Get more prepping tips.

Practice for the NWEA MAP Growth Test

TestPrep-Online offers MAP sample questions for the 2nd grade3rd grade4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade. Start practicing today!

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