The MAP Kindergarten exam is a computerized and untimed test that assesses children’s abilities in math and reading. It is usually administered three times a year: around September, February, and June, in order to reflect the child’s progress.
The test considers that not all children in this age group know how to read yet, so the questions are all recorded and your child will be able to use headphones and listen to them. Additionally, pictures are widely used throughout the test, to make it more accessible and pleasant for kindergarten children.
The MAP is designed as an adaptive test, meaning that the difficulty level of each question is dependent on whether the child has answered the preceding question correctly.
Preparing for the MAP Kindergarten Test will give your child a better understanding of the test, what questions to expect, and how to answer them. It will also contribute to a far more accurate picture of your child's academic potential and ability to grow and excel in his or her school studies.
The NWEA MAP Growth scoring system is based on the Rasch unIT (RIT) scale. This scale provides a grade-independent score, which demonstrates the child's ability and knowledge on the various subjects that the test measures.
Every question on the test has an RIT value that reflects the question's complexity. The final RIT score given to the child represents the specific complexity level in which he or she is predicted to answer approximately 50% of the questions correctly. In addition to a general RIT score, the child will also receive separate RIT scores for each section of the MAP test, which enables them to spot their strengths and weaknesses.
According to the 2020 NWEA MAP Kindergarten norms, the mean RIT score was 145 for the reading section, and 148 for the math section.
Visit TestPrep-Online’s MAP scores page to find the most updated information on MAP Kindergarten scores, percentiles, averages, and more.
The math section of the MAP Kindergarten test consists of approximately 43 questions from various mathematical topics:
We know that understanding mathematical concepts might be difficult for 5-year-old kids, so we highly recommend using physical elements to help your child. For instance, counting with your fingers or objects like pencils or marbles instead of calculating, or explaining geometrical shapes by comparing them to objects from everyday life.
MAP Kindergarten Sample Question 1: Math |
Jane had 6 flowers in her garden. She planted 3 more flowers. |
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MAP Kindergarten Sample Question 2: Math |
What is the name of the following shape? |
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The reading section of the MAP Kindergarten consists of approximately 43 questions from various topics:
Remember – all the questions are recorded, so there is no need to panic if your child does not know how to read yet and there are questions with more complicated wording. He or she will be able to listen again as many times as needed. You can help your child practice their listening comprehension by reading them stories and asking them questions.
MAP Kindergarten Sample Question 3: Reading |
Read the following sentence: What is the name of your teacher What sign should come at the end of the sentence? |
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MAP Kindergarten Sample Question 4: Reading |
In which answer are the two words synonyms? |
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Get more MAP Kindergarten sample questions with TestPrep-Online’s MAP Kindergarten Practice Pack!
Similarly to the test, our pack is divided into a math section and a reading section. On each section you can find six quizzes with increasing difficulty levels and a full practice test. The full practice tests simulate the real test very well, so your child gets a chance to practice in similar conditions and to get to know the test well before taking it. The quizzes offer many questions for extra practice that can help your child strengthen their weaknesses and get the best preparation for the test.
Our practice pack does not have the same adaptive function as in the real test, but it does provide questions from a wide range of difficulty levels, topics and questions styles. Additionally, each question and answer is coupled with detailed explanations and solving tips to give your child the edge.
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 will soon offer a full MAP Kindergarten test practice pack.
There is no such thing as a good MAP score for kindergarten, as different schools and programs have different standards. In 2020, the average math score was around 145, and the average reading score was around 148.
In many gifted programs a child must be in the 95th percentile on the math or reading assessments to be identified as gifted. In 2020, the 95th percentile math score was around 170, and the 95th percentile reading score was around 165.