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What Is the NWEA 4th Grade MAP Growth Test?

NWEA's 4th Grade MAP Test is an adaptive, computerized test that focuses on the student's abilities in language usage, reading, and math. This exam allows parents and teachers to better understand students' academic needs and areas of growth throughout the school year. A high MAP score can give your fourth grader the opportunity to achieve further academic success.

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

4th Grade MAP Sample Questions

We will now look at some examples of questions from each topic on the MAP in order to give you a better idea of what each subject-specific test looks like. Let us begin with the math section.

4th Grade MAP Math Sample Questions 

This installment of the MAP Growth presents you with 40-43 word problems, number problems, or other questions using visual stimuli, asked in a variety of different formats, such as multiple choice, drag and drop, complete the chart, etc. The topics included in the test are: 

Number Sense - expressing numbers with concrete representation such as foods or partially filled-in shapes 

Problem-Solving - basic operations, fractions and decimals 

Algebraic Concepts - finding patterns and solving operations with missing numbers 

Geometry - classifying shapes and their properties, identifying symmetry, and applying other geometric rules 

Measurementestimating, calculating, and converting measurements such as weight, distance, perimeter, and area  

Data - analyzing charts, using mean, median, mode, and range, and calculating basic proportions 

Math Question 1: Problem Solving

A supermarket packed 60 eggs into four egg boxes, split equally. How many eggs were in three boxes?





 
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 Math Question 2 : Algebraic Concepts

A number pattern starts with 12 and ends with 39. Which rule is suitable for this pattern?






 
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Tip: If you are having trouble finding the answer, see if the answer choices can help. Since you are not limited in time, you can go through each option and see if it works. 

 Math Question 3: Geometry

Which of the following triangles is an isosceles triangle?

A)
B)
C)
D)

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 Math Question 4: Measurement

Which item weighs approximately a gram?

           
 
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Tip: You don’t need to memorize exact measurements. Go over with your kids which units of measurement are used for what, and which ranges are considered a lot or a little. Give them some examples of everyday objects and how much they weigh and how big they are, as well as common distances between different places and how long it maight take to get from one to the other. 

4th Grade MAP Reading Sample Questions 

The Reading test includes 40-43 questions, and it aims to assess your reading comprehension skills as well as your ability to analyze written text. You will be presented with written stimuli, such as single sentences, instructional excerpts, passages from text, and more, followed by multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank, or numerous other question types aimed to assess your analysis of the text. The nature of the questions can be divided into analyzing literary texts such as stories or poems, analyzing informational texts such as educational articles or advertisements, and word meaning questions, including using context clues and recognizing affixes. 

Reading Question 1 – literary text 

Read the poem.
TREES
by Joyce Kilmer

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.

What is the theme of this poem?





 
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Tip: Try reading the question first so that you know what to look for while reading the passage. 

 

Reading Question 2 – informational text 

Read the passage.

Antarctica, where the South Pole is located, is the coldest place in the world. The average temperature in Antarctica is below zero. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by thick ice. Antarctica is also the driest place on earth. In fact, it is considered a desert because it only gets 200 millimeters of rainfall (or snow) per year.

Antarctica is very big: its area is 14 million square kilometers. It is bigger than Europe, and it is almost twice the size of Australia. However, while millions of people live in Australia, there are no permanent human residents in Antarctica. The first people arrived at Antarctica in the 19th century. Nowadays, 1,000 to 5,000 people spend time in Antarctica every year, living and working at research stations.
While there are hardly any humans in Antarctica, there are various animals living there, including several species of penguins, seals, and whales. There are also a few plants, mainly ice algae. Studies indicate that millions of years ago, Antarctica’s climate was a lot warmer, and it was home to large forests as well as many different land animals, such as dinosaurs.

The author mentions Europe and Australia in order to show -





 
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Reading Question 3 – word meaning

Read the sentences.

My uncle hasn’t worked in a few months. He doesn’t like being unemployed.

What is the meaning of the prefix un-?





 
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Tip: Try to think of all the words you know with that prefix and see if you can find something they have in common. That will give you a clue what the affix means. 

4th Grade MAP Language Usage Sample Questions

The Language Usage test consists of 40-43 questions of varying formats, such as multiple choice, drag and drop, and short answer, and it asks about recognition and application of different English rules, norms, structures, and writing styles. The topics can be divided into four categories:  

Mechanics – punctuation, capitalization, spelling 

Parts of speech – nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, etc. 

Usage – syntax, sentence structure 

Writing Process – genres, techniques, coherency, accomplishing purpose 

Language Usage Question 1– Mechanics

What is the correct spelling for more than one wolf? 





 
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Language Usage Question 2– Parts of speech

What is the correct definition of a proper noun?





 
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Language Usage Question 3– Usage

Read the sentence.

Ethan almost left his white socks on his bed as he was in a hurry.

What is the subject in the sentence?





 
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Language Usage Question 4– Writing process

Which of the following is required in research writing?





 
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4th Grade MAP Growth Test Scores

MAP tests are graded using the Rasch-Unit scale (RIT). The RIT scale functions as an equal-interval scale that measures each student’s abilities regardless of grade level. This measuring system can be compared to a ruler, in that the difference between each two RIT scores remains the same regardless of whether they are on the top or the bottom of the scale. Ultimately, the purpose of the scale is to provide parents, teachers, and students alike the opportunity to see how much they have progressed academically.

Want to find out more about 4th grade MAP test scores? Visit our MAP scores page to learn about NWEA MAP test scores for 4th grade, and find out where your child stands in his or her academic growth. 

The MAP Test & The Common Core

Since the use of the Common Core has increased so dramatically in the past few years, NWEA has adjusted every MAP test, including the fourth-grade edition, to incorporate its criteria. TestPrep-Online offers practice tests that are adjusted to fit the test's Common Core curriculum. Our NWEA MAP for 4th Grade practice pack covers every component of the Common Core mentioned on the 4th grade MAP Test, making it easier for your child to reach the score he or she deserves.

How to Prepare for the NWEA MAP Growth For 4th Grade

To prepare for the 4th Grade MAP Growth, the golden rule is practice, practice, practice. The more questions you answer and explanations you read, the more comfortable you will feel on the test and the better grasp you will have of the material. We provide hundreds of questions specially designed to mimic the format and content of the MAP tests so that you enter the test with confidence, knowledge, and a unique advantage in familiarity.

 

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