The 4th Grade MAP Test is an internationally recognized assessment test designed to track each student's academic progress. It's become a popular diagnostic tool for gifted abilities. High scores on the 4th grade MAP can therefore boost your child's chances of a brighter academic future. Keep reading to find out more about:
- format & content
- scoring
- sample questions
- preparation methods
What Is the NWEA 4th Grade MAP 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.
4th Grade MAP Sample Questions
Question 1: Math
What is 694 ÷ 30?
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The correct answer is (B).
Set up the division:
Divide the first two digits by 30:
30 divides into 69 two whole times. It cannot go in three times, because three lots of 30 is 90, which is greater than 69.
Write the 2 above the division sum.
To find the remainder, subtract the two batches of 30 from the 69:
2 x 30 = 60 // multiply the 30 by the answer 2 and write the result underneath
69 – 60 = 9 // subtract the values to find the remainder.
To perform the next division, bring down the remaining 4 to join the 9 and make 94.
Now, divide 94 by 30:
30 divides into 94 three whole times. Thus, write the 3 above the division sum. Then, subtract three batches of 30 from 94 to find the remainder.
30 x 3 = 90
94 – 90 = 4
Question 2: Math
A supermarket packed 60 eggs into four egg boxes, split equally. How many eggs were in three boxes?
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The correct answer is (D).
This is a question involving rates. There were the same number of eggs packed in each box. If there were 60 eggs in four boxes, then divide 60 by four to find the number of eggs in one box: 60 ÷ 4 = 15 eggs. Thus, there were three boxes each containing 15 eggs.
To find the total, either add up 15 + 15 + 15 or calculate 15 x 3 = 45 eggs.
Therefore, the correct answer is (D).
Question 3: Math
What is the number 27 in exponential form?
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The correct answer is (B).
Consider each answer in turn:
Answer (A) is 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2. This will be an even number, as all numbers that are doubled are even and this is a pattern that continues to double. Therefore, it cannot be equal to 27, as 27 is an odd number.
Answer (B) is 3 x 3 x 3. First, calculate 3 x 3 = 9. Now, multiply by the next 3: 9 x 3 = 27. This is the correct answer.
Continue to check that the rest of the options are incorrect.
Answers (C) and (D) are distractors because 3 x 9 = 27. However, in exponent form, these answers are far too high. 39 is much bigger than 33, as it is 33 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3, and thus it cannot be 27.
93 = 9 x 9 x 9. When you multiply the first 9 x 9, you get 81, which is already too big, so there is no need to continue. Answer (E) is 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3, which is also bigger than 27, as it is bigger than 33. Therefore, it cannot be correct.
Question 4: Language Usage
What is the correct spelling for more than one wolf?
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The correct answer is (C). If a singular noun ends in -f and the /f/ sound changes to /v/ when it's plural, drop the -fand add -ves to make the noun plural. One wolf becomes two wolves. Therefore, the correct answer is (C).
Question 5: Language Usage
Which of the following answers shows a logical order of events?
A) Juanita went to the supermarket. She arranged the groceries in her fridge. She put the groceries in the car's trunk. She realized she forgot to buy milk.
B) Juanita put the groceries in the car's trunk. She went to the supermarket. She realized she forgot to buy milk. She arranged the groceries in her fridge.
C) Juanita went to the supermarket. She put the groceries in the car's trunk. She arranged the groceries in her fridge. She realized she forgot to buy milk.
D) Juanita realized she forgot to buy milk. She put the groceries in the car's trunk. She arranged the groceries in her fridge. She went to the supermarket.
Choose the correct answer:
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The correct answer is (C).
To solve such questions, read each answer choice and see in which answer the sequence of events makes the most sense. It makes sense that:
Juanita went to the supermarket >> She put the groceries in the car's trunk >> She arranged the groceries in her fridge >> Then she realized she forgot to buy milk
Answer (A) is incorrect because Juanita could not have arranged the groceries in her fridge before putting them in the trunk to take them home.
Answer (B) is incorrect because Juanita could not have put the groceries in the trunk before going to the supermarket to buy them.
Answer (D) is incorrect because Juanita could not have arranged the groceries in her fridge before going to the supermarket to buy them.
Question 6: Language Usage
In which sentence are the words capitalized correctly?
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The correct answer is (D).
Directions and the terms that are derived from them (north, east, right, left, etc.) should not be capitalized.
Names of regions, geographical locations, and specific places should be capitalized.
The only sentence that is capitalized correctly is in answer (D) because the East states a specific location. Therefore, the correct answer is (D).
Answer (A) is incorrect because the word "south" should be capitalized as it states a specific region.
Answers (B) and (C) are incorrect as directions should not be capitalized.
Question 7: Reading Comprehension
Read the passage.
Jesse Owens was an American track and field athlete who won the Olympic gold medal four times. Owens specialized in the sprints and the long jump and was recognized in his lifetime as "perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history." He set all five of his world records in less than an hour at one of the biggest sports events in 1935. This achievement has been called "the greatest 45 minutes ever in sport" and has never been equaled.
Jesse Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama, on September 12, 1913. He was the youngest of ten children, three girls and seven boys. Owens once said that the secret behind his success was: "I let my feet spend as little time on the ground as possible. From the air, fast down, and from the ground, fast up."
Which of the following details cannot be found in the passage?
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The correct answer is (A).
It is recommended to approach this question by eliminating the incorrect answer choices. Answer (B) is incorrect because the passage mentions that Jesse Owens was the youngest of ten children, which means he had nine siblings. Answer (C) is incorrect because the passage states that Jesse Owens was born on September 12, 1913. Answer (D) is incorrect because the passage states that Jesse Owens set all five of his world records in 1935. The university Jesse Owens attended is not mentioned in the passage. Therefore, the correct answer is (A).
4th Grade MAP 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’s academic level stands.
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.
NWEA MAP Math Section
The NWEA MAP math section for fourth graders is comprised of four common academic topics that have been taught to the students by the time they have reached the fourth grade.
Operations and Algebraic Thinking: using the four operations; recognizing patterns; using numerical expressions
Numbers and Operations: performing mathematical operations and measurements with multi-digit whole numbers, fractions, and decimals
Measurement and Data: generating, representing, and interpreting data; solving measurement problems using factors such as length, liquid volume, and angle
Geometry: reasoning and understanding by using geometric concepts; identifying and utilizing three-dimensional figures; solving mathematical problems using graphs
Word Meaning and Vocabulary Knowledge: deciphering word meaning through contextualization; recognizing word relationships and structures
Literature: analyzing texts, deducing key themes and structure
Informational texts: analyzing texts, deducing argument and purpose, taking into consideration factors such as point of view and bias
How to Prepare for the NWEA MAP 4th Grade
To prepare for the 4th Grade MAP test, the golden rule of practice, practice, practice applies. To optimize your fourth grader's practice sessions, practice material should be divided into what is more difficult for the student, and what is easier.
With a variety of practice material to offer, our MAP for 4th grade practice pack is able to help provide a direct reflection of what the student needs during each studying section. Our package includes NWEA replicated practice tests for 4th Grade as well as many sample questions to work with. Your child will not only be able to improve topic-specific knowledge in math, language usage, and reading, but also learn several new topics, all imperative to the test.
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