NWEA MAP Testing

The spring NWEA MAP test in 5th grade counts towards Academic Center applications (during 6th grade). The spring NWEA MAP test in 7th grade counts towards Selective Enrollment High School applications (during 8th grade).

The percentiles for the Math and Reading sections each will be translated to 150 points (150 for Math, 150 for reading) and will count as one-third (300 of 900) of the total 900 points for Selective Enrollment.

5th and 7th graders at CPS schools during the 2018-19 school year will take the NWEA MAP tests at school in the spring. Students at non-CPS schools will need to to take the NWEA MAP test at a designated testing location this fall. The 6 test dates are: 9/21, 9/22, 9/28, 9/29, 10/5 and 10/6.

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NWEA MAP Testing

What is the NWEA MAP test? The MAP test is a common core aligned, computer-based test administered at CPS schools two or three times a year. The spring 5th and 7th grade percentiles will be the scores that "count" as 1/3 of the Academic Center and Selective Enrollment admissions scores respectively.

How does the MAP test work? Students take the MAP test on a computer. One question is presented at a time. Once a student submits an answer, they cannot return to the question. Each student will have different questions -- as a student answers questions, he or she is presented with additional questions based on how he or she is scoring (i.e. if a student answers a question correctly, the computer will present a harder question next). The test is not timed -- students continue until the test "determines" at what level the student is testing.

How will MAP scores be used for Academic Center applications and Selective Enrollment High School applications? The MAP percentiles in Math and Reading Comprehension will account for 1/3 of the potential 900 points for applying to Academic Centers or Selective Enrollment High Schools. The Math section counts for 150 points and the Reading section counts for 150 points.

How do MAP scores compare to scores on other 5th and 7th grade tests? MAP percentiles tend to be lower than percentiles on other tests (like the ISAT, IOWA, Stanford 10, etc.). MAP questions are not limited to current grade level topics. For example, if a student continues to correctly answer 7th grade level math questions, he or she may be presented with questions from higher-level topics (that are generally considered "8th grade" or even "high school level"). A student who scores in the 99th percentile on the ISAT demonstrates complete understanding of 7th grade level topics and is in the top percentile for 7th grade material. In contrast, a score in the 99th percentile on the MAP test would demonstrate a mastery of material far past a "7th grade level." So, MAP percentiles will probably not directly compare to national percentiles from other tests. How these percentiles will be used in the Selective Enrollment admissions score and rubric has not yet been made clear.


Test Prep Chicago's NWEA MAP Prep CoursEs

What material is covered during the course? The Test Prep Chicago MAP course prepares students for the Math and Reading Comprehension skills required for the MAP test. Our materials are aligned to the Illinois standards for the Common Core.

How will students prepare to take a computer-based test? In addition to learning the content required for MAP success, students will learn strategies specifically designed for the MAP computer-based test. Our strategies have been adapted from other computer-administered tests (like the GMAT) and are designed for students completing a test on the computer. Students will learn strategies for eliminating answer choices, using scratch paper, pacing, guessing, problem-solving, etc., all specific to the NWEA MAP computer test.

Will students get a chance to practice working from a computer? During class, students will focus on content. Writing with pencil on paper is the best way to truly internalize the content and problem-solving strategies for excelling on the test. In class, students will also learn and practice the "scratch paper" skills they will use while working on the computer. Then, at home, students will practice and reinforce the content and skills from class while completing homework assignments read from a home computer. As a result, students will attack content and practice problems both on paper (for truly learning content and demonstrating mastery of problem-solving steps) and on a computer (for gaining experience working simultaneously from screen and paper).

What else will be covered during MAP prep classes? In addition to learning content and MAP-specific strategies, students will gain the confidence and repetition needed for success with testing. All of the Test Prep Chicago courses are built around three key philosophies: Teach, Practice, Apply; Building Blocks; and Practice Makes Perfect. Learn more about our philosophies here. Students will complete Diagnostic and Final tests during the first and final sessions. In class, students will learn key content and problem-solving skills and strategies for Math and Reading Comprehension. Students will then gain experience with the content and skills by completing weekly homework assignments and short in-class quizzes.

How will I know how my student is doing? The parents of students in our courses receive weekly, individualized correspondence. Parents receive detailed Diagnostic and Final Analysis reports that include scores, topic breakdowns, charts and graphs, areas for focus, and Test Prep Chicago analysis. Parents also receive weekly reports (via email) that include topics covered in class, homework and quiz scores, links to homework and quiz step-by-step solutions, and individual notes from the tutor. We pride ourselves on providing the personzlied attention of an individual tutoring program with the affordability of a group class.

What is the course tuition? What is included in the tuition payment? The tuition for our courses is $445 (~$28/hour for in-class instruction). This tuition covers all in-class instruction, test prep material (online material included), and student feedback.