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NWEA MAP® Test Overview

What is MAP testing?

The NWEA MAP Test (Measures of Academic Progress) is an adaptive achievement and growth test. It creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level—precisely measuring progress and growth for each individual student. If your child correctly answers a question, the computer assessment provides a harder question next. If they miss that same question, then an easier question is asked. This provides essential information about what your child knows and is ready to learn.

The NWEA MAP is published by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and is given via computer to children in grades K-12. Its structure is cross-grade, which provides measurement of students who perform on, above, and below grade level.

It is multiple choice and provides questions that are depth of knowledge, so that you can see if your child performs at level 1, 2 or 3 of difficulty. The test is untimed, but students generally spend about 60 minutes per subject area. Feedback results are available in 24 hours.

What kind of MAP testing is my child taking?

If your child is taking a MAP test during his or her school year, it is likely they will be taking a MAP Growth test, which is a version of the MAP designed to assess a student’s academic growth from benchmark to benchmark.

The MAP Growth assessment is not a high-stakes test, but is given to students at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year to measure a student’s academic achievement and calculate academic growth. The MAP gives teachers a way to focus and plan for how they use time for either intervening with students or providing enrichment (if your child qualifies) to challenge higher-level students.

The MAP Test assessments reveal precisely which academic skills and concepts your child has acquired and what he/she is ready to learn. MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student’s instructional level so that you can track your child’s achievement and notice trends to help with setting objectives.

What is MAP testing scored with?

Every item on a MAP assessment is anchored to a vertically aligned equal interval scale, called the RIT scale for Rasch UnIT—a stable measurement, like inches on a ruler, that covers all grades. Because the measurement is reliable and accurate, RIT scores serve as an essential data point in a student’s learning plan; educators can see their precise learning level and respond accordingly.

The RIT is an especially helpful way for teachers to align concepts with their students’ scores. For instance, if a student were to score a 172 RIT for their mathematic sub-test, the teacher would know that the student is ready to learn about fractions, estimation, and rounding, as shown by the NWEA’s Match RIT to Concepts guide.

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NWEA MAP Skill Assessment for Primary Grades – Reading and Language Usage

The NWEA MAP for Early Learners (students kindergarten to first grade) tests contain 2 types of tests that you child may encounter before taking the MAP Growth test, or subsequently after taking their MAP Growth test. These tests are the Screening Assessment and the Skills Checklist Assessments.

Note: While it is unlikely, MAP Early Learners material may be used for 2nd graders.

What is the MAP Testing Screening Assessment?

The MAP Screening Assessment is a test used to get early, baseline information on a student. This test can be given pre-K and kindergarten. This is an adaptive test that responds to the student’s answers, with 33 questions in the Early Literacy section. It is given with the Mathematics Early Numeracy test. Its results are reported in number correct.

  • PRI-READ-Screening (Early Literacy)

What is the MAP Testing Skills Checklist Assessments?

The Skills Checklist MAP is a set of diagnostic tests with results reported in both percent and number correct. It can be used to assess a student’s knowledge in a particular skill, either before teaching or after teaching the concept. There are 10 reading skills tested by the Skills Checklist MAP suite of tests, and the tests may be given throughout the year.

Reading skills tested by the Reading Skills Checklist set of tests:

  • PRI-READ-Skills (Consonant Blends/ Digraphs)
  • PRI-READ-Skills (Decode: Multi-Syllable Words)
  • PRI-READ-Skills (Decode: Patterns/ Word Families)
  • PRI-READ Skills (Letter Identification)
  • PRI-READ-Skills (Manipulation of Sounds)
  • PRI-READ-Skills (Matching Letters to Sounds)
  • PRI-READ-Skills (Phoneme Identification)
  • PRI-READ Skills (Phonological Awareness)
  • PRI-READ-Skills (Syllable Types: CVC, CVCe, R-Control)
  • PRI-READ-Skills (Vowel Digraphs/ Diphthongs)

What is the MAP Testing Survey w/ Goals Assessments?

Adaptive tests with results reported in RIT scores

  • PRI-READ-Survey w/ Goals (PhonAware, Phonic, ConPrnt)
  • PRI-READ-Survey w/ Goals (Vocab, Comprehen, Writing)

Science – Concepts, Processes and General Science

  • General Science covers specific science concepts within the three major domains of science: Life sciences, earth and space sciences, and physical sciences.
  • Concepts and Processes measures a student’s performance in both the processes used in science and the major themes underlying the science disciplines.

Test items for MAP for Science are helpful for assessing students up to and including 10th grade, prior to more specialized science curriculum in upper high school. MAP for Science is aligned to state standards, and to the two national standards established:

  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science Benchmarks for Science Literacy
  • The National Research Council’s National Science Education Standards

Mathematics

What is the MAP Testing Screening Assessment?

The Mathematic Early Numeracy test is a diagnostic test given at the earliest stages of a child’s learning to gain a baseline. This test can be given to pre-k through kindergarten, and is  given in conjunction with the Early Literacy screening assessment. The Early Numeracy test has 35 questions and adapts in difficulty as a child answers. Its results are reported in number correct.

  • PRI-MATH-Screening (Early Numeracy)

What is the MAP Testing Skills Checklist Assessments?

The Math Skills Checklist Assessments are a set of diagnostic tests with results reported in both percent and number correct that are used to assess the abilities and knowledge of a student in a particular skill set. These tests may be given before or after teaching the skill, and there are 28 Math skills tests available to give to students. The Math Skills Checklist Assessments can be given at any point during the year.

Math skills tested by the Math Skills Checklist Assessments suite of tests:

  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:10 – Using Manipulatives)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:10 – Using Numbers)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:10 – Problem Solving)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:20 – Using Manipulatives)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:20 – Using Numbers)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:20 – Problem Solving)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – No Regroup – Using Manipulatives)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – No Regroup – Using Numbers)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – No Regroup – Problem Solving)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – w/ Regroup – Using Manipulatives)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – w/ Regroup – Using Numbers)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:100 – w/ Regroup – Problem Solving/ Estimating)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:1000 – Using Manipulatives)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:1000 – Using Numbers)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (Comp:1000 – Problem Solving/ Estimating)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:10 – Count, Order, Place Value)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:10 – Representation)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:20 – Count, Place Value)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:20 – Representation)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:20 – Ordering)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:100 – Count)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:100 – Representation)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:100 – Ordering)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:100 – Place Value)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:1000 – Count)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:1000 – Representation)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:1000 – Ordering)
  • PRI-MATH-Skills (NumSense:1000 – Place Value)

Is this test timed?

No, this test is not timed. Children generally spend about an hour per subject.

 

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43 Responses

Crystal Martinez

Good Evening,

I’m seeing an assessment for a students present level for high school level. I work with 9th-12th grade. I need to find my students present level to write an accurate goal.

Thank you.

TestingMom.com

Hi Crystal,

We now offer MAP materials from kindergarten through the 8th grade!

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viji_in_4u@yahoo.com

May I know when this MAP Practice Test will be supported?

TestingMom.com

Hi, we now fully support the MAP with 10,000 questions from kindergarten through the 8th grade! One-on-one online tutoring is also available.

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mrhame123@yahoo.com

When will MAP test questions will be available? For our school in New Jersey this is one of the core exams so appreciate any guidance on when practice questions will be available.

TestingMom.com

We now fully support the MAP with prep from kindergarten through 8th grade!

Mary Stelmach

May I know when this MAP Practice Test will be supported?

TestingMom.com

Hi Mary,

Our MAP materials are now available! We have prep from kindergarten through the 8th grade and even offer online one-on-one tutoring.

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Zahira Miu

Hi,

Thank you for your reply, I’m looking for the NWEA Map year prep on your website. This was the reason that I’ve purchased your App. Can you bring lease let me know when it’s available, we’re desperately seeking for the NWEA Map test prep , thanks very much .

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Hi Zahira,

We now offer MAP prep for kindergarten through the 8th grade! One-on-one online tutoring is also available.

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Cathy

When is Map Practice Test will be supported?

TestingMom.com

Hi Cathy,

We now fully support the MAP from kindergarten up through 8th grade! One-on-one online tutoring is also available.

Thanks,
Connor

Rhonda

Really looking for MAP testing to be added to your suite, please let me know when that is added. I’m waiting for that be I sign up. Thanks!

TestingMom.com

Hi Rhonda,

We now offer MAP materials from kindergarten through the 8th grade!

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Connor

viviana.sanchez@nm.org

any update on the MAP Practice test availability?

TestingMom.com

Hi Viviana,

Our MAP materials are now up on the site! We have practice for kindergarten through the 8th grade.

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Rashmi

Can the student take MAP test on their own if the school don’t have the testing?/

TestingMom.com

Rashmi,
Thank you for your post. This is a School Administered test and the publisher NWEA does not generally sell this test to the public for private use. We wish you the best in your search!
Thank you,
Perry

aubree

Hi! Can a student who has the accommodation of use of manipulatives use them during MAP testing? Thanks!

TestingMom.com

Hi Aubree –

That would be a question best answered by your child’s school.

All the best,

Marcus

Christa

Dear team

Thanks for the presentation.I wish to find out how I can generate the MAP testing questions

TestingMom.com

Hi Christa –

We have a dedicated prep section for MAP covering kindergarten through the 8th grade.

All the best,

Marcus

Victoria Smith

My daughter school in Arkansas uses this test but doesn’t give me a report of it nor discuss with me any results. What should I as having a IEP child should be receiving from little rock school district and what should I be looking for as a parent without any knowledge?? I’m un a due process hearing now against them because my daughter is in 9th grade reading on 3/4th grade level barely. Any help, advice
Guidance will be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Hi Victoria,

Our test prep can be used for this test, but we are not affiliated with NWEA. I would like to apologize, but we are not qualified to make any recommendations based on your circumstances.

Sincerely,
Ryan

Dr. Cynthia Bowie

This MAP Overview – NWEA MAP is a wonderful resource go to packet to teach from. Students are on point and very much excited about learning.

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Do you have MAP assessment practice tests available for 5th grade?

TestingMom.com

Hi,

Yes – we now have MAP materials for kindergarten through the 8th grade!

All the best,
Ryan

Padmaa12@gmail.com

Hello, I am padma adapala. I have couple of questions . I am from Maryland Howard county. Please let me know MAP Test for Maryland state is available in Testing mom. If yes how to get it. I am already a member of testing mom. Looking for MAP test for 3rd and 7th grade. Thanks

TestingMom.com

Hi Padma –

MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress. NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) MAP is an adaptive online assessment in line with the Common Core or other state or other standards. In the online version, as a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. This test measures what students know already and informs the teacher what they are ready to learn next.

We do have a section specifically for the MAP with a TestingMom paid subscription. As of 2021, we have MAP materials for kindergarten through the 8th grade, so both of your children would be covered.

All the best,

Marcus

parmeena83@gmail.com

My kid is in 1st grade and at there school they gonna start taking NWEA every year. I was wondering when will it be available on your website so we can work on it. Thank you.

TestingMom.com

Hi Parmeena –

We do have a section on the site for the NWEA MAP test covering kindergarten through the 8th grade. So your 1st grader would be covered.

All the best,

Marcus

rishika.das.1000@gmail.com

I am having a issue

TestingMom.com

Hi Rishika –

I’m so sorry to hear this! Would you mind reaching out to us at help@testingmom.com with the issue?

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Sam

Hi,

I’m seeing an assessment for a students present level for middle school level. I work with 7th-19th grade.

Many thanks!

TestingMom.com

Hi Sam –

Thank you for reaching out to us.

Unfortunately, we do not provide different assessments. We provide practice materials for students wanting to prepare. Our practice materials primarily go through the 8th grade.

All the best,

Marcus

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Cheryl

Hello, I am a homeschool mom of an 8yr old that is just finishing 3rd grade. How should I approach testing, to make sure he’s ready for 4th grade and at a comparable level to his peers? Everywhere I have looked online only talks about the tests or shows practice questions. Where’s the actual test?

TestingMom.com

Hi Cheryl –

Thank you for reaching out to us.

We do only provide practice materials for various tests, not the actual tests themselves. I’ve often referred home school parents to Seton Testing, as they are able to administer the Iowa Assessments, which is an academic achievement test, to home school children.

All the best,

Marcus

Sandy

Would you mind interpreting the following MAP test results for my 2nd grader going into 3rd grade?
MAP – 54%
Sight words – 618
I am considering Summer School/private tutoring, but I need some guidance in order to move forward with his Summer education.
Thank You So Much for your Help!!!

Rania

Hi,
I wanna my sons make practicing on map test for 7th & 6th grade in English and Math
Can you help
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gabriela.achach@gmail.com

High order thinking level questions. Not simple computations. I loved it!

Janice T

Hi,
I am interested in MAP test practice for Grade 1. Please advise

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Hi Janice –

With a membership to TestingMom, you have full access to our site. We do have a section specifically for the MAP, which includes both printable and interactive questions cover Math and Reading at the 1st grade level.

All the best,

Marcus

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