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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.  A) theyre B) they're C) their D) there Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (C). Answer (C) is correct because the word their means "belonging to them." The artists have paintings belonging to them on display, so "their" fits the meaning of this sentence.  Answer (A) is incorrect because theyre is not a word.  Answer (B) is incorrect because they're means "they are," which does not fit the meaning of the sentence.  Answer (D) is incorrect because there means "not here."  The word "there" does not fit in the blank position. It could, however, fit into the sentence later: "The artists have their paintings on display there at the art gallery."

 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? A) The light of the lamp alternates between yellow and blue. B) The light of the lamp is very intense. C) The lamp does not work properly. D) The lamp is a source of heat Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (B). A simile is a comparison between two different things using the words "like" or "as" to make the comparison. However, not all the phrases that include the words "like" and "as" are similes, so you need to pay attention to the context of the sentence. Look at the following examples: 1. Bill's will was strong, like steel. 2. Bill has some hobbies like chess, swimming, etc. In the first sentence, the word "like" compares between Bill's will and steel. Steel is a very strong material, which means that Bill's will was also very strong. On the contrary, in the second sentence, the word "like" is used to give some examples of Bill's hobbies, and is not used for comparison. In the above sentence, the light of the lamp is compared to the light of the sun. Usually, the light of the sun is very intense, thus the meaning of the simile in this sentence is that the light of the lamp was as intense as the light of the sun. Therefore, the correct answer is (B). Answer (A) is incorrect as the light of the sun is not blue. Answer (C) is incorrect as the sun always burns, even when you cannot see it. Answer (D) is incorrect as the sentence refers to light and not to heat.

 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? 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 ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (B). Farmer Brown is interested in how much space there will be inside the pen for the animals. He has been told the length and width of two rectangular pens. From this, you can calculate the area of ground the animals will be in. The first pen has an area of 30 x 15 = 450 m2. The second pen has an area of 45 x 10 = 450 m2. Therefore, he sees they have the same area, so just buys the cheaper pen. Answer (A) is wrong, because if you add up the perimeter of both pens, they are different. Perimeter of pen A is 30 + 30 + 15 + 15 = 90 m. Perimeter of pen B is 45 + 45 + 10 + 10 = 110m. Answer (C) is wrong, because this information is not given. Answer (D) is wrong, because the volume is not given. To calculate the volume, you would need the height of the pens, which is not given.

 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? A) 40 mph B) 45 mph C) 47.5 mph D) 50 mph Answer & Explanation ▼ | ▲ The correct answer is (A).    One method to solve this is by using the formula for average speed: Average Speed = Total Distance ⁄ Total Time   To find the total distance she traveled, add up the distances from each part of her journey:   First part: 30 mph for 2 hours = 30 x 2 = 60 miles. Second part: 60 mph for 1 hour = 60 x 1 = 60 miles. Total distance = 60 + 60 = 120 miles.   The total time she traveled was 2 hours + 1 hour = 3 hours.   Therefore, average speed = 120 miles/3 hours = 40 mph.   Another method is to use the two speeds given in the question. Sharon spent 2/3 of her journey going at 30 mph and only 1/3 going at 60 mph. So, find 2/3 of 60 and add it to 1/3 of 30:   2/3 of 30 = 30 ÷ 3 × 2 = 20. 1/3 of 60 = 60 ÷ 3 = 20.   Therefore, average speed = 20 + 20 = 40 mph.

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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