What Is the NWEA MAP Test for 3rd Grade?

The MAP Growth is an untimed, adaptive test designed to track student academic progress according to common core standards, often administered in schools three times a year. The test begins at the average level for the grade of the student taking it, and it aims to pinpoint which precise level of question the student has an even chance of answering correctly.

There are four different MAP Growth exams—math, reading, language usage, and science—with the first two being most commonly administered and the science section frequently omitted. The MAP Growth is a great way for both teachers and parents to gain a better understanding of a student’s progress throughout the year as well as over the years, and many programs also use the test as an admission tool to gage whether or not a student is advanced enough academically for their curriculum.

Click here for more general information about the MAP Test + Sample Questions for other grade levels. 

3rd Grade MAP Test Sample Questions - Math

Let’s take a look at the Math test. Here you are asked 40-43 questions in the form of word problems, number problems, and interpreting visual stimuli (such as shapes and diagrams), usually with multiple-choice answers to choose from.

The questions choose from and blend between the following mathematic topics: number sense—the ability to express numbers with concrete representation (e.g. pizza pies, trains on a cart, etc.), problem-solving—including basic operations and fractions, algebraic concepts—such as finding patterns and solving operations with missing numbers (e.g. 5 + ? = 7), geometry—as in classifying shapes and their properties, identifying symmetry, etc., measurement—such as using a ruler and calculating perimeter, and data—analyzing charts and basic proportions. 

Question 1: Math - algebraic concepts

Which number is missing from this sequence?





 
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Question 2: Math - problem solving/proportions

Mary needs 300 grams of dough to bake one cake. To make 100 grams of dough, Mary needs two eggs. How many eggs does Mary need if she wants to bake three cakes? 





 
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Try this tip for math word problems: 

Try to make the question into a math problem. Look for anything in the question that can be understood as a number or an operation. For example, “Tasha ate three apples a day for a week” can be written as 3 X 7. Make sure you are not leaving out any crucial information from the question. 

 

Question 3: Math – number sense/fractions

Select all the pictures that show of a region or a set.

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Question 4: Math – geometry/measurements 

What is the perimeter of this rectangle?






 
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Here’s a tip for math problems with shapes:  

Go over the various names, properties, and formulas for different shapes. For example, the name of each shape based on the number of sides (triangle, quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon) and how to find their perimeter, and the name of each four-sided shape based on its lines and angles (square, rectangle, parallelogram, rhombus) and how to solve for their area. 

 

3rd Grade MAP Test Sample Questions - Reading

Now let’s have a look at the Reading test, which aims to assess your ability to read, comprehend, and analyze written text. In this exam, you are often presented with something to read, such as single sentences, lists, charts, passages from text, and more, and you must answer questions, usually multiple-choice, that prove that you understood them. There are 40-43 questions that alternate between analyzing literary texts (such as stories, dialogue, or poems) and literature concepts, analyzing informational texts (such as articles, data, or instructions), and simply asking you about the meanings of words.  

Question 5: Reading - literary text

Read the passage.

The pouring rain finally stopped, and the sailor spotted the lighthouse in the distance. The terrible weather conditions turned her journey into a dangerous experience. Her rocky boat stopped shaking as the wind settled. She wrapped another wool blanket around her soaked clothes, hoping it would keep her warm. She was getting closer to the lighthouse. The sailor was pleased to find that the lighthouse emitted two flashes of light every three seconds. This meant that she was on her way to the right lighthouse. She was not lost. A half an hour later she reached the shore. The lighthouse keeper was waiting for her there to guide her to his cabin, where a burning fireplace and a cup of tea were meant to keep her warm.

What is the best title for this passage?





 
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Try this tip for answering questions on full passages: 

When the text is long, it may be better to read the question before reading the passage. That way, you can read it with the question in mind and look for the information it is asking for or the criteria required to draw your conclusion. However, since the test is not timed, it is always a good idea to read the entire passage to ensure you are not missing anything. 

 

Question 6:Reading – informational text

Read the sentences about four animals.

1. Polar bears have white fur coats that can blend into the blindingly white snow of the Arctic.

2. Whether their coats are spotted or black, leopards can mask themselves in order to attack their prey by surprise.

3. In order to hide in the middle of nature's birdhouses, bark bugs appear to be part of the tree itself.

4. Chameleons only change color when in imminent danger.

What do all these animals have in common?





 
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Here’s a tip for answering questions with multiple texts: 

When you are presented with more than one thing to read, use the question as a key to understanding what connects them. If the question asks for what they have in common, make sure your answer fits each text properly. If the question asks for differences between them, start with what they have in common, and their differences will become very apparent.

If the question asks for a connection of any kind, look for central themes and common purposes rather than trivial information. For example, if you are given a text about a class activity where each student presented his favorite animal, along with a chart that details the most common pets, the connection is likely to be the theme of which animals are popular, and not a random animal that appears in both texts but is not significant in each one. 

 

Question 7: Reading – word meaning 

Read the sentence.

The walk from the train station to her house was long, so Madison was grateful for David's company.

What is the meaning of the word "company" based on the context of this sentence?





 
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3rd Grade MAP Test Sample Questions - Language Usage

The last subject we will explore is Language Usage. This test consists of 40-43 questions that usually ask you to select from multiple options or fill in a short answer, and it is aimed to assess knowledge of the English language as well as the ability to use it properly.

This section asks questions about language mechanics—including punctuation, capitalization, and spelling, parts of speech—using the right words and in the proper tenses within given contexts, usage (or syntax)—how to form coherent sentences with the intended meaning, and writing process—how to properly form bodies of writing with specific purposes in mind. 

Question 8: Language Usage – mechanics 

In which sentence is the underlined word spelled correctly?





 
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Try this tip while preparing for the mechanics questions: 

Look up common words at the 3rd-grade level and go over their spelling. You can’t prepare for every word they may ask you, so don’t stress yourself out too much. However, you can make sure you know the spelling rules for word forms and tenses, such as when plural nouns and present-singular verbs end with “s” and when they end with “es.” It is also worthwhile to look up common exceptions to these rules, as the MAP also tests you on irregular spelling, such as “catch” and “caught.” 

 

Question 9: Language Usage – parts of speech 

Read the sentence.

She had already ______ to eat the sandwich when they sat at the table.

Which word correctly completes the sentence?





 
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Question 10: Language Usage – usage (syntax) 

Which of the following sentences is structured correctly?





 
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Here’s a tip for questions that ask you which sentence is correct, or how to best complete it: 

Listen to your intuition. Sometimes you’ll just know that some of the options are wrong even if you can’t explain why. If there are multiple options that sound right to you, look to see if there’s punctuation missing or in the wrong place, if the verbs don’t stay in the same tense, or if the meaning of the sentence isn’t as clear as it can be. 

 

Question 11: Language Usage – writing process 

Read the paragraph.

There are fewer than 60 Javan rhinoceros remaining in the world. There is only one known population of the Javan rhinoceros in the wild, located in the island of Java, Indonesia. Loss of habitats and trophy hunting for its horns are the main causes for the serious decline in its numbers.

Which of the following sentences could be a strong concluding sentence for the paragraph?





 
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NWEA 3rd Grade MAP Test Aligned with the Common Core

As the Common Core becomes more widespread across schools in the United States, many standardized and gifted tests are adapting to its standards. The MAP test for 3rd grade is no exception. For this reason, TestPrep-Online has developed practice tests that follow MAP's Common Core scheme. With our 3rd Grade MAP practice pack, you can ensure that your third grader is exposed to all the topics aligned with the Common Core, and is getting top-notch practice for the test.

9 Tips to Help your Child Ace the 3rd Grade MAP Test

Before the test:

  • Make a study plan. Once you’ve taken our initial sample test, create a hierarchy of things to study based on where your child’s strengths and weaknesses lie.
  • Stick to a routine. Help your child stay focused. Keep a fixed routine by scheduling the same time every day for studying. This keeps your child mentally prepared.
  • Keep your child motivated. Add fun activities to the study plan to help keep your child excited about the learning process. Sitting at a desk is beneficial only for a short time before it becomes tiresome. We recommend the question game, in which you encourage your child to ask a specific number of questions every day with the promise of a reward at the end.
  • Be positive. A negative attitude can be contagious- but so can a positive one! By being visibly excited about the subject at hand, your child is bound to be, too!

Day of the Test:

  • Review- don’t learn. At this stage, you’ve hopefully already covered a good deal of new information. It is therefore not recommended to start learning anything new, as this can hinder your child from utilizing the material s/he has already learned and feels more comfortable with, and getting the optimal scores s/he deserves.
  • Bring snacks. It’s hard to focus on an empty stomach; we recommend avoiding this issue by packing a variety of healthy energy sources for your child to nibble on during the exam. Who knows? That extra push could make a difference between a right answer and a wrong one.
  • Come in layers. Your child can get distracted if the room is too cold or too warm. Avoid this issue by having your child dress in lightweight clothes and bring a sweater to the test which will allow them to be comfortable no matter what the temperature may be.
  • Use the idea of a “participation reward”. Your child may be feeling under pressure before the test. Try to erase this feeling by bringing an incentive that is more direct- perhaps a treat after the test is finished, no matter what grades your child ends up receiving.
  • Come early. Leave home early to allow time to find the location and manage mishaps that might occur on the way such as not being able to find the location or getting caught in traffic. In addition, it will give you the opportunity to provide your child with that much needed pep-talk.
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MAP Test Practice 3rd Grade PDF

Below you can find a free printable MAP 3rd Grade Practice Test:

MAP 3rd Grade Practice Test

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MAP Testing Practice for 3rd Grade

Get more 3rd Grade MAP Sample questions with TestPrep-Online’s 3rd Grade MAP Practice Pack! Our pack offers 804 sample questions, including section-specific practice tests, so that you and your child can easily focus on one skill at a time, if necessary.

Despite being a standardized test, a child can—and should—prepare for the MAP test beforehand, since MAP testing scores can be a deciding factor for placement in either regular or gifted classes. To help you prepare, TestPrep-Online offers a full 3rd Grade MAP test practice pack.

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