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MAP or Measure of Academic Progress is an adaptive test that helps in accurately assessing students’ achievement levels. It is adaptive, which means, the test changes according to a child’s performance and as a result, teachers and parents can get a clear perspective on a child’s learning abilities.

So, practically, every child takes a different MAP, which changes and adapts after every question, based on the answer. Can an assessment get any more real than this?

MAP – Accurate Achievement Measurement Tool

MAP is published by NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) and hence, the test is also known as NWEA MAP. Today, MAP has become one of the most trusted achievement measurement tools for K-12 students. It tests the students for their growth in Language Usage, Reading, Math, and Science.

MAP provides teachers with actionable evidence to modify and provide targeted instructions for every learning requirement. This testing is capable of highlighting both the strengths and weaknesses thereby connecting students at every level with resources and instructions that match their abilities and paves the path for future curriculum choices.

With MAP results in hand, educators can plan interventions, differentiated instructions, and advanced lessons. There

MAP Test Frequency and Format

MAP is administered three times a year. They are known as Fall Assessment, Winter Assessment, and Spring Assessment. This test has multiple choice questions and the performance is measured on the difficulty level of 1,2 or 3. MAP is not a timed test, but generally, children take around 1 hour or 60 minutes for one subject. The results or scores are usually declared in 24 hours.

MAP Testing is done in the following subjects:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Reading Skills
  • Language Usage

Primary grade students are only tested for Reading Skills and Language Usage; however, older kids are tested for all four subjects. The science is optional and the school may or may not administer it. It covers sub-topics such as Earth, Space, Physical Sciences, and Life.

Every section has 40-53 questions and the number is always unique for every child. The number of questions changes according to a child’s performance.


MAP Assessment is associated with the RIT scale which is a vertically aligned equal-interval scale. This scale covers all grades and offers a stable measurement of performance. NWEA has also created a ‘Match RIT to Concepts Guide’ which enables teachers to understand a child’s score with reference to specific topics in all the segments.

For example, a particular score in MATH, when matched with the guide will inform the teachers that the student is ready to learn say, Fractions or Area of Triangle.

The RIT score of a student indicates the level of questions that the student is expected to answer correctly approximately 50% of the time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Is MAP a Standardized Test?

No, MAP is not a standardized test. It is an adaptive test and is unique for every child. This means, all the students taking MAP do not answer the same questions. They might start from the same question from their grade level and then will answer different questions based on their answers.

  1. What information do we get from the MAP scores?

The MAP scores or RIT are indicative of a child’s progress at school. It tells teachers and parents about how well a child has grasped the current lessons and whether he/she is ready for the upcoming lessons. MAP can help educators and parents identify and support both struggling and gifted minds.

MAP scores are often presented in the form of a Student Progress Report. It contains the RIT score of all the MAP tests taken in the academic year along with some comments or explanations.

  1. How do I understand my child’s MAP scores?

NWEA has created several charts and guidelines that can help parents understand their child’s RIT score.  All the NWEA resources have been created by researchers after examining the scores of millions of students across all grades.

  1. What are the types of questions in the MAP test?

The MAP test has different types of questions such as multiple-choice, drag and drop, pattern identification, etc. Check out some MAP Sample questions here.

  1. How to prepare for the MAP test?

MAP test needs the practice of grade-level concepts. Further, children should be introduced to the different types of questions before the test day. Younger children should also be helped with computer usage.

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