NWEA MAP Test for Kids

NWEA MAP Growth Test for K-12

What is the NWEA MAP Test?

The NorthWest Evaluation Association is a not-for-profit research organization that creates assessments for K-12 students. The NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a growth test designed to measure academic growth and progress of K-12 students in core subject areas. The NWEA MAP test measures the proficiency of students in Math, Reading, Language Usage, and Science. The test is aligned with Common Core State Standards, which is the knowledge standard that determines what each of the students from different grade levels should acquire. 

  • Areas covered: Math, Reading, Language Usage, and Science
  • This is an adaptive test, so the difficulty level changes.
  • The format is multiple choice questions, fill in the blank, open ended questions, and drag-and-drop assessments
  • There is no time limit on the test
  • Number of Questions per section: 40-43 questions
  • Separate test types for K-2 and 2+
  • Used by schools to assess student’s learning, tailor curriculum and lessons, track progress, and change pedagogical strategies for effective instruction.

The most used content areas are Math and Language Usage. The least commonly used content area by schools is Science. 

Sample Questions


Which of the following is a square of a number?

  1. 10
  2. 25
  3. 27
  4. 39


Which of the following plant cell organelles serve as a site of photosynthesis?

  1. Mitochondria
  2. Cytoplasm
  3. Chlorophyll
  4. Chloroplasts

Language Usage:

She had already ______ to eat the sandwich when they sat at the table.

Which word correctly completes the sentence?

A) begun

B) began

C) begin

D) begins


The Eiffel Tower is one of the most famous landmarks in the world, a symbol of both Paris and France as a whole. It was originally built to serve as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, but it remains standing to this day. Despite the dangers in building such a tall and open structure, very few people were hurt thanks to the safety checks employed by its architect.

Another word that means the same as “employed” is
A) used
B) built
C) hired
D) watched

Children will be asked to write an essay at the end of the test and it has to have good grammar, structure, and usage. 

Preparing for the test

Different age groups provide different tests as shown below:

Grade 10-11-12 are not mentioned in the above table, but these grades have their own syllabus too.

Students planning to give the MAP test should practice many questions, write essays, read books and maintain a vocabulary workbook. Support from parents, teachers, and after-school programs is essential for the student to achieve success. 

Hope this is useful, thank you.