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What is the NWEA 5th Grade MAP Test?

NWEA’s 5th Grade MAP (Measurement of Academic Progress) Test is a multiple-choice test that is designed to do exactly what its name implies: The test gives a reflection of how much a student has been improving throughout the academic year. Students, teachers, and parents can use these MAP test scores to determine the student’s academic strengths and weaknesses. The test includes questions in math, reading, language usage, and for some grades, science. MAP is designed to be adaptive, which means the level of difficulty is automatically determined by whether or not the previous question was answered correctly.

MAP’s purpose functions on a personalized level that is meant to be tailored to the student’s own academic abilities, regardless of age or grade. Even though the student does not necessarily have to study for the MAP Test, it is highly recommended to do so. By preparing for the 5th Grade MAP Test, your child can not only receive a better understanding of his or her abilities, but can also open many future doors for further academic opportunities.

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

5th Grade MAP Test Sample Questions

Question 1: Math

Daniel and Isla are each writing a novel. Daniel has written 40 pages in the last five days and Isla has written 120 pages in the last 24 days. What is the difference between their unit rates per day?

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Question 2: Language Usage

Choose the sentence that is correctly punctuated:

A) My parents went to the city market yesterday and bought some fruit, bananas, apples, watermelons, peaches, and oranges.

B) I have visited five big capital cities in my life: London, Moscow, Copenhagen, Ankara, and New Delhi.

C) My friend Bill has a lot of books from various genres, including: drama, comedy, action, and adventure.

D) Next summer, my family plans to travel to: Arizona and Nevada.

Choose the correct answer:

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Question 3: Language Usage

Which is the correct definition of "plagiarism"?

A) The act of taking the work or the ideas of others and presenting them as if they were yours.

B) The way in which a plague is spreading among people.

C) The act of using the school's equipment without permission from the principal.

D)The act of writing an academic assignment and submitting it on time.

Choose the correct answer:

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Question 4: Language Usage

Which one of the following sentences is not an interrogative sentence?

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Question 5: Reading Comprehension

Read the passage.

In 1992, a shipping crate containing 28,000 rubber ducks fell overboard into the Pacific Ocean. The ship was on its way from Hong Kong to the United States and the crate was lost to the ocean, but the ducks did not disappear: they have been traveling around the world for the last twenty-five years.

Some of the rubber ducks have washed up on the shores in various places, such as Hawaii, South America, Australia, Pacific Northwest, and Scotland; others have been found frozen in Arctic ice. 2,000 of the ducks still circulate in the currents of the North Pacific Gyre – a vortex of currents between Japan and southeast Alaska, and the ducks helped to identify the exact whereabouts of the gyre and how long it takes to complete a circuit (three years).

However, the rubber ducks have also caused problems. The North Pacific Gyre also contains much garbage, mostly plastic, floating in the ocean, and the rubber ducks have contributed to this pollution that endangers both animals and plants living in the ocean.

Which of the following is the best summary for the passage?

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Question 6: Reading Comprehension

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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Why Prepare for the NWEA 5th Grade MAP Test?

By preparing for the 5th grade MAP test, the student has the opportunity to provide a more accurate image of his or her academic capabilities. Many questions are based on topics that can easily be prepared for by using the right studying methods. A high MAP score also gives your child an opportunity to apply for certain gifted programs, which use the MAP assessment as a form of aptitude testing.

TestPrep-Online offers a MAP practice pack for 5th Grade. This package provides several methods of preparation for your fifth grader, including section-specific study-guides, plenty of practice tests, and hundreds of sample questions with detailed explanations for the Language Usage, Reading, and Math sections.

5th Grade MAP Testing Scores

To calculate the scores of each MAP test, NWEA uses the Rasch-Unit scale (RIT). The RIT scale is a scale made of equal intervals. The scale can easily be compared to a ruler, since the difference between two adjacent RIT scores remains the same regardless of where they lie on the scale. Every RIT score is specifically designed to give students, parents, and teachers the opportunity to measure academic progress without taking into account either age or grade.

To find more information on 5th Grade MAP Testing scores, check out TestPrep-Online’s MAP scores page.

Use of the Common Core in MAP

The Common Core is a set of learning outcomes designed for each grade that has become more and more popular across schools in the United States. The 5th Grade MAP Test has, therefore, been adjusted to align with its criteria.

Our practice pack for the 5th grade MAP test is entirely based on the Common Core. Though our MAP practice material is not adaptive, it will give you and your child the chance to see where his or her skill level lies in relation to other fifth graders.

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NWEA MAP Math for 5th Grade

The math section covers four main academic topics, which are taught by the time the student reaches the fifth grade:

  • Geometry: using graphs to solve mathematical problems; reasoning through the use of geometric concepts; being able to both use and recognize three-dimensional figures.
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking: communicating ideas through numerical expressions, deducing answers through implementing the four operations, spotting patterns
  • Measurement and Data: Using factors such as angle, length, and liquid volume to solve measurement problems; understanding the meaning of data, and being able to generate and represent it.
  • Numbers and Operations: Using decimals, fractions, and multi-digit whole numbers to perform mathematical operations and measurements.

NWEA MAP Reading Section for 5th Grade

The reading section tests the student on both informal texts and literature:

  • Word Meaning and Vocabulary Knowledge: understanding the meaning of words through context, spotting connections between words, and recognizing the structures behind them
  • Informational texts: spotting purpose and argument, considering points such as subjectivity and perspective
  • Literature: recognizing key themes and structures of literary texts; analyzing literary texts

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NWEA MAP Language Usage for 5th Grade

The language usage section will test the student on three main topics:

  • Grammar and Usage: understanding how to correctly use grammar conventions
  • Writing: researching, developing, writing, and revising
  • Understand and Edit Mechanics: understanding how to use capitalization and punctuation, demonstrating the correct use of spelling

5th Grade MAP Prepping Tips

  • Properly prep for each session. Before each study session, make sure your child’s desk is neat and free of clutter. Remove distractions, and – if possible have a window available for fresh air and daylight.
  • Don’t study after dinner. Keep the studying sessions limited to earlier in the day. After dinner, the mind is said to be less focused. Instead, dedicate this time for proper rest and preparation for the next day. As your child’s main support, your role is to keep track of his or her progress and mark what has been worked on and what still needs to be covered.
  • Load your child up on nutrients. When it comes to studying, the old saying “you are what you eat” has never been more valuable. Stay away from sugary snacks with little substance, as this will only tire your child out more quickly. Instead, choose to have fruits and nuts readily available.
  • Use 5th Grade MAP practice tests. Make sure your child is familiar with the testing content and format of the exam by test day. The best way to do this, of course, is with the 5th Grade MAP Practice tests.

Prepare for the 5th Grade MAP Test with TestPrep-Online!

TestPrep-Online offers a variety of practice material to help students of all grades and ages prepare for their tests and reach the best of their potential. Our collection of MAP Practice Packs can help. The 5th Grade Practice Pack offers over 800 questions, including section-specific practice tests, detailed Q&A explanations, and math enrichment questions.

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