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NWEA MAP Test Practice & Sample Questions

Is your child getting ready to take NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)? Learn about the test and how it is scored. Discover how TestPrep-Online can help your child prepare for test day.
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  • What is MAP Testing?
  • Why Does my Child Need to Take the Map?
  • MAP Content and Format
  • MAP Sections
  • MAP Scores
  • MAP Sample Questions
  • What Is MAP Testing?

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

    The MAP test provides each child with a unique exam that is suitable for his or her academic level, independent of grade. This makes the MAP different from other standardized tests that you may have encountered in the past. To ensure the best test score possible, it is highly recommended to familiarize your child with the test’s format and changing difficulty level before test day.

    Why Does My Child Need to Take the MAP?

    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.

    MAP Content and Format

    The NWEA MAP test covers up to 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, the number of questions can change with the test's adaptive nature.

    Computer adaptive tests are different from paper-and-pencil tests, as the level of difficulty 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 a question correctly, the following question becomes more difficult. If the child answers incorrectly, the following question becomes easier. Generally, children end up answering half of the questions correctly, and half incorrectly.

    MAP Sections

    Each of the sections of the MAP test includes questions on material relevant to either grade or level. On the reading section, you may see questions asking you to identify different types of writing or more classic reading comprehension questions that ask to find the main idea of a given paragraph. The language usage section tests for vocabulary, grammar, and spelling. The math section includes questions ranging from basic to advanced math. Finally, the general science includes questions in areas usually covered up to that point in standard education, such as biology, earth science, physics, and chemistry.

    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. The RIT scale It 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. Read more about how the MAP test is scored and how to interpret your child's progress on our MAP Scores page.

    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


                  - 14 = 27

               A. 13        B. 17        C.51        D.33        E.41


    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:


    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:

    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.

    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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