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About the MAP test for 6th Grade

The Sixth Grade Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) Test is a multiple-choice test administered to students in the sixth grade. This test serves as a reflection of the student’s progress throughout the school year. Students, teachers, and parents use the MAP Test and its scores to measure the strengths and weaknesses in their academic performance.

The topics of the test are math, reading, language usage, and for some grades, science. The MAP Test is designed as an adaptive test. This means that the level of difficulty is determined by the previous question. If a question is answered correctly, the following question becomes more challenging and vice-versa.

Preparing for the 6th Grade MAP Test means your child will get a better understanding of the test, the questions to expect, and how to answer them. It also means a far more accurate picture of your sixth grader's academic potential.

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

Free 6th Grade MAP Sample Questions

 Question 1: Language Usage

Choose the word that best fills the blank.

The artists have ___________ paintings on display at the art gallery. 

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Question 2: Language Usage

Read the sentence.

Popular in both Colombia and Venezuela, arepas are savory pastries made from corn flour.

What is the simple subject of the sentence?

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Question 3: Reading Comprehension 

Read the sentence.

The light that came out of the lamp was like sunshine.

What is the meaning of the simile in this sentence?

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Question 4: Math

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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Question 5: Reading Comprehension

Read the passage.

Owning a bakery in France, or a boulangerie, to use the French word, is no piece of cake! There are very strict laws in France regarding boulangeries and what they are allowed or not allowed to do. And for a good reason: the average Frenchman eats half a baguette a day and buys at least one baguette every day; a baguette that is fresh and crisp today will be hard as nails tomorrow. Therefore, having a boulangerie nearby is of the essence to most Frenchmen. France has the highest density of bakeries in the world.

The profession of a boulanger is highly regulated. Not every bakery is a boulangerie; to be called a boulangerie, bread must be made on the premises. Selling bread that is made elsewhere makes the bakery a mere shop, rather than a real French boulangerie. The law also dictates the ingredients of French bread, which may only be flour, yeast, salt and water.

In the past, laws were passed to ensure that every neighborhood would have access to bread 365 days a year. A prefectural decree dating to 1790 stated that all boulangeries had to report to the authorities when they planned to take a vacation or else face a fine. The authorities allowed half of the boulangeries to close in July and half in August, thus ensuring access to bread throughout the year. The decree was scrapped in 2015. As August is the most popular month of the year to go on vacation, people in France fear they will not be able to get a good baguette in August nowadays, especially not a good one from a real boulangerie.

How does the word "fear" in the last paragraph help the reader understand the meaning of the passage?

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Question 6: Math

Sharon drove for two hours at 30 miles per hour and then for one hour at 60 miles per hour. What was Sharon's average speed for the journey?

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6th Grade MAP Testing Scores

Scoring methods are varied and each test uses their own scales to measure aptitude. For the MAP test, NWEA uses the RIT scale (Rasch-Unit scale). This scale is made of equal intervals and these are designed to give students, parents, and teachers an opportunity to measure academic progress regardless of the grade or age of the student.

Visit TestPrep-Online’s MAP scores page to find more information on 6th Grade MAP Testing scores.

6th Grade MAP Test & the Common Core

The Common Core is a set of learning outcomes that has been designed for each grade and has gained popularity across many schools in the United States. 

Given that the NWEA MAP Test is based on the Common Core, we have designed our MAP 6th grade practice pack to be in line with the Common Core in order to create an accurate representation of the topics. Even though our 6th Grade MAP Practice Pack does not have the same adaptive function as the actual MAP Test, it is able to familiarize your child with all the topics of the test, the different styles of the question, and detailed explanations and solving tips to help your sixth grader prepare.

MAP Math for 6th Grade

The MAP math section can be divided into four main academic topics. The following topics are taught before the student reaches the sixth grade:

  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking: communicating ideas through different models and numerical expressions, deducing answers by identifying patterns in a numerical series, and using the four operations and their properties.
  • Geometry: this includes the use of graphs to approach and solve mathematical problems; as well as reasoning through geometric concepts, being able to identify, classify, and use properties three-dimensional figures to solve questions.
  • Numbers and Operations: including fractions, decimals, and multi-digit whole numbers to perform mixed mathematical operations.
  • Measurement and Data: this includes the use of different concepts such as angle, length, perimeter, area, and volume to solve measurement problems, understanding the meaning of data and how it is represented, and being able to analyze it and draw conclusions from it.

MAP Reading Section for 6th Grade

The MAP reading section tests the student by using both informal texts and literature:

  • Informational Texts: this includes spotting purpose and argument, as well as considering points such as subjectivity and perspective
  • Word Meaning and Vocabulary Knowledge: understanding the meaning of words through context, spotting a hidden relation between different words, and recognizing the structures behind them
  • Literature: analyzing literary texts and recognizing key themes and structures in various literary texts.

MAP Language Usage for 6th Grade

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

  • Grammar and Usage: include a proper understanding of how to use various grammar conventions
  • Writing: researching, revising, developing, and writing
  • Understand and Edit Mechanics: demonstrating a correct usage of spelling and understanding the different rules regarding capitalization and punctuation

Preparing for the MAP test for 6th Grade with TestPrep-Online

Preparing for the 6th Grade MAP Test is crucial to obtaining the highest results. Even though the MAP Test is not timed, it can be especially tricky for those who are unfamiliar with the questions. Your child can prepare for any of the sections by using our study guides and simulations of the 6th Grade MAP Test. Our practice packs also contain a math enrichment section with questions from the topics that are statistically more challenging to children in that age group.

Since many gifted programs MAP assessment scores to determine a candidate's qualification, a high MAP score can have a significant impact on your child's future. TestPrep-Online now offers a 6th Grade MAP Practice Pack. This pack features different methods of preparation and includes section-specific study guides, a full-length simulation, and hundreds of sample questions with detailed explanations for all three sections of the MAP (Language Usage, Reading, and Math).

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