MAP Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a MAP test?
2. What tests are included in MAP testing for my student?
For the 2014-2015 school year, students in grade 2-6 took Reading, Language and Mathematics. Students in Kindergarten and first grade took only Reading and Math. The tests will be administered in three or four separate sessions on three or four different days. There is a bank of 2500 questions for each of the subject areas and from that bank the students receive the following:
Language Use--52 questions
3. What is the testing schedule for 2015-2016?
There are three testing periods for the 2015-2016 school year: fall, winter and spring.
4. How long will each test take?
Technically, there is no time limit, but most students complete the test in about 40 minutes. We have allotted an hour for each testing session, but have also provided for Extra Time sessions. Students are permitted to stop their test and continue it at a later time or on a different day.
5. Do All Students Take the Same Test?
Yes and no. All students take a computerized test on the same subject. Although every test has questions covering the same goal areas, not every test has the same questions, and the test questions vary in difficulty.
In a computerized adaptive test, the difficulty of the test is adjusted to the student's performance so each student sees different test questions. The difficulty of each question is based on how well the student has answered the questions up to that point. As the student answers correctly, the questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. This usually shortens the test-taking time, because students do not waste time answering questions that are too easy or hard for them.
6. What Do the Tests Cover?
Each Measure of Academic Progress is made up of parts, which are called goals. Take a look at these goal areas for each test. Your student will take tests with the goals listed below.