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## What are the MAP Growth Tests?

The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are computer-adaptive assessment tests produced by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The tests are designed for kindergarten through 12th grade students, and assess reading, language usage, math, and, for some grades, general sciences. The test is untimed, but usually takes about an hour to complete.

The MAP Growth provides each child with a unique testing experience that is suitable for his or her academic level, independent of grade. This makes the MAP different from other standardized tests that you or your child may have seen in the past and makes it even more important to be familiar with the test’s format and changing difficulty level before test day.

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## Why Does My Child Need to Take the NWEA MAP Growth Test?

The NWEA MAP test is a useful tool for both teachers and students. It measures student progress so that teachers can pinpoint weaker areas to work on and stronger areas where students need to be challenged. It can be used to compare a group of students in the same classroom or to predict individual achievements. MAP tests are also used to place students in special programs based on their progress. The test was designed to be used by students of all ages, underlining the importance of tracking progress to improve education in general.

## Free MAP 1st Grade Sample Questions - Preview

 1st Grade MAP Math Question A teacher asked the students in her class what their favorite food was.  Their answers are shown in the following bar graph:  What is the food that was chosen by the fewest students? A) Soup B) Salad C) Hamburger D) Pizza E) Ice cream Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (C) In this bar graph, the height of each bar shows how many students chose the food written at the bottom of the bar. The higher the bar, the greater the number of students who chose this food. The lower the bar, the smaller the number of students who chose this food. The lowest bar in this graph is the bar of the “Hamburger” choice, and therefore, the fewest students chose "hamburger" as their favorite food.

## Free MAP 2nd Grade Sample Questions - Preview

 2nd Grade MAP Reading Comprehension Question Read the passage. Today was a wonderful day. In the morning, all the kids in our school went to help out in the community. One class went to help tidy up the town library, another class went to plant flowers in a public garden, and my class went to help serve lunch in a home for the elderly. When we got back to school, the principle spoke to us and said it's great that we can be a meaningful part of society from an early age. After school, I went to my friend Jenna's place. She's our neighbor. Her big brother made pizzas for us and we ate them in a tent they put up in the living room. It was such a fun day. Which word is spelled incorrectly in this passage? community principle meaningful elderly Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is "principle".Principle: The word referring to a head of school is spelled "principal," not "principle." Principle means "a rule". This sentence can help you remember the correct spelling: The school principal is a pal.Community, meaningful, and elderly are all spelled correctly and therefore are not the correct answers to this question.

## Free MAP 3rd Grade Sample Questions - Preview

 3rd Grade MAP Math Question Solve the open sentence: s + 4 = 6s – 1 A) s = 1 B) s = 2 C) s = 3 D) s = 5 Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (A). This is an open sentence with basic fact calculations on both sides. You need to find the value of s that makes the statement true. The technique is to bring the letter terms to one side and the numbers to the other. First subtract s from both sides to remove it from the left. This means that the 6s on the right side becomes 5s.4 = 5s − 1Next, to remove the −1 from the right-hand side, you must add 1 as −1 + 1 = 0. Remember to also add 1 to the other side to get:5 = 5s + 0. However, the zero is not adding value, so it is usual to write the expression without it.5 = 5s. This sentence now helps you to find the value of s. Five times s gives you 5, so to find s, divide both sides by 5.1 = s. Therefore, the correct answer is (A).

## Free MAP 4th Grade Sample Questions- Preview

 4th Grade MAP Language Usage Question Which title of a work of art is capitalized correctly? A) The Raft of the Medusa B) In Advance Of the Broken Arm C) Through The Night Softly D) I Love You With my Ford Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (A). The major words in the titles of works of art (but not short prepositions or the articles "the," "a," or "an," if they are not the first word of the title) should always be capitalized. Therefore, the correct answer is (A). Answer (B) is incorrect because the word "of" should not be capitalized. Answer (C) is incorrect because the word "the" should not be capitalized. Answer (D) is incorrect because the word "my" should be capitalized as it is part of the title and not a short preposition or an article. In addition, the word "with" should not be capitalized.

## Free MAP 5th Grade Sample Questions- Preview

 5th Grade MAP Reading Comprehension Question 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? A) negative B) positive C) neutral D) impossible to tell Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (A). The author’s mood is the atmosphere of the text, and is usually created by descriptive words like adjectives, or words that make the reader feel very positive or negative. Words like "dark," "stormy," and "freezing" create a negative, dark atmosphere. Therefore, this is the correct answer choice.

## Free MAP 6th Grade Sample Questions- Preview

 6th Grade MAP Math Question 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? A) They have the same perimeter B) They have the same area C) They have the same supplier D) They have the same volume Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲

## Free MAP 7th Grade Sample Questions- Preview

 7th Grade MAP Reading Question Which of the following words is an antonym of the word discord? A) agreement B) conflict C) excitement D) boredom Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (A). An antonym of a word has a meaning that is the opposite of the word. For example, the words "light" and "dark" are antonyms. The word "discord" means "disagreement or lack of harmony." Answer (A) is correct because agreement means the opposite of discord. Answer (B) is incorrect because conflict is a synonym of discord, not an antonym. The two words have similar meanings, not opposite meanings. Answer (C) is incorrect because excitement is not an antonym of discord. The words are unrelated in meaning. Answer (D) is incorrect because insignificance is not an antonym of discord. The words are unrelated in meaning.

## Free MAP 9th-12th Grade Sample Questions- Preview

 9th-12th Grade MAP Math Question Inside a box are ten balls of different colors: three yellow, five green, and two red. Three balls are chosen randomly from the box without replacement. What is the probability that none of them is yellow? 7÷24 7÷10 343÷1000 14÷72 Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (A). To solve this question, start by finding the probability that one non-yellow ball is chosen. Then find the probability that a second non-yellow ball chosen from the remaining, and finally the same with a third ball (Note that there is no replacement- a ball that has been chosen is not returning to the box and cannot be chosen again). Since there is a total of 10 balls in the box (3 yellow + 5 green + 2 red = 10) and three yellow balls, the probability to randomly choose a ball that is not yellow is: 7÷10 (number of non-yellow balls ÷ total number of balls) After one (non-yellow) ball is chosen, the box still has 9 balls, 3 of which are yellow. The probability of choosing another ball that is not yellow is: 6÷9=2÷3 After two non-yellow balls are chosen, the box still has 8 balls, 3 of which are yellow. The probability of choosing another ball that is not yellow is: 5÷8 Finally, multiply all the probabilities you have found together to discover the probability that none of the chosen balls from the box is yellow: (7÷10)x(2÷3)x(5÷8)=(7x2x5)÷(10x3x8)=70÷240=7÷24 →Therefore, (A) is the correct answer.

## MAP Growth Content and Format

NWEA's MAP Growth Test covers four main areas: reading, language use, math, and, for some grades, general sciences. The test uses a variety of question types, such as multiple choice, fill in the blank, and drag and drop answers. Each section contains between 40-53 questions. This variation is due to the test's adaptive nature, as well as the specific section the student is being tested with.

Computer adaptive tests are different from paper-and-pencil tests as the difficulty level of the test changes throughout the test according to the child’s ability. The test starts with a question that matches the student’s grade level. Each time the child answers correctly, the following question is more difficult. But, if the child answers incorrectly, the next question is easier. The RIT score the student receives at the end reflects the level in which the student answers roughly 50% of the questions correctly.

## MAP Growth Sections

Each of the core sections of the MAP Test includes questions on material relevant to the student's grade or level.

• The reading section tests knowledge of different types of writing forms and ability to analyze paragraphs and correctly draw on main ideas, concepts, and themes.
• The language usage section tests a student's level of vocabulary, grammar, and spelling.
• The math section tests topics ranging from basic to advanced math.

In addition to these three sections, there is also a science section, which is optional for schools to administer. The science section tests the student's knowledge in life, earth and space, and physical sciences.

## How Many Questions Are on a MAP Test?

The following table presents the number of questions on each of the MAP sections: Reading, Language Usage, Math, and Science. There is a difference in the number of questions between the MAP for primary grades (K-2) and the MAP for more advanced grades (2+). The exact number of questions varies according to the student's performance on the test.

 Section Grade Estimated Number of Questions Reading K-2 43 Reading 2+ 40-43 Language Usage* K-2 - Language Usage 2+ 50-53 Math K-2 43 Math 2+ 47-53 Science 3-9 39-42

*The Language Usage section is not administered in the MAP for primary grades (k-2).

## MAP Growth Test Scores

Scores for the NWEA MAP are reported using the RIT scale (Rasch unIT). The RIT scale is an equal-interval scale, like a ruler with inches. The RIT scores are stable and cover all ages, and can be used to measure progress and academic growth from year to year. A student's RIT score indicates the level of questions that he or she is expected to answer correctly about 50% of the time.
Since the MAP test is taken on a computer, once the child finishes the test the scores are available. Read more about how the MAP test is scored and how to interpret your child's progress on our MAP Scores page.

## MAP Guidance for Teachers & Tutors

If you are a teacher or tutor and need to prepare your students for the NWEA MAP test, you can find a lot of helpful information, tips, and special offers on our MAP page for teachers and our Teachers Memebership page!

## MAP Test Tips

Sometimes, it can be hard knowing just where to start in the prepping process. We recommend sharpening language and math skills through reading and plenty of practice tests. Get more prepping tips.