MAP Assessment FAQs 2015-16

Measuring Academic Progress @ PA Leadership

Frequently Asked Questions about the MAP

How It Works

Does this happen online?

Yes. A PALCS teacher will message or call you/your child to schedule a time slot to test. That time slot is reserved for your child. The MAP test is an online, adaptive test. Students log in to a virtual room and are proctored by the teacher who is scheduling the test. The teacher will walk your student through the entire process.


Is there anything special we need to do to prepare?

Students will have to use a Lockdown Browser. They are also recommended that they not take the MAP test on a wireless connection. Click here for important IT help for preparing for the test.

Subjects, Grading, and Time

What subjects are tested?

Students will be tested in reading and in mathematics.


Is the test graded?

Teachers will give students points for participation. The students don’t receive a traditional score on the assessment, so there is no need to worry about passing or failing.


How long does it take to complete a test?

Although the tests are not timed, it usually takes students about one hour to complete each MAP® test.


What if my student is taking longer than an hour?

Remind your student to not stress out about the test. Remind them we want to see what they know and what they don’t know. It’s ok to make an educated guess on a question they aren’t sure about. A good rule of thumb is – if it’s taking more than 2 minutes to answer a question, they should make an educated guess and move on.

Difficulty, Length, and Help

Do all students in the same grade take the same test?

No. MAP® assessments are designed to target a student’s academic performance in mathematics, reading, language usage, and science. These tests are tailored to an individual’s current achievement level. This gives each student a fair opportunity to show what he or she knows and can do. The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test.


How many questions are on the test?

The number of questions varies, but it is usually between 35-50.


I’ve heard that the test is hard. Is that true?

The test is individual to each student. It will start on the student’s grade level. As the student begins answering questions, the test will adapt to the student’s ability. If a student answers a number of questions correctly, the questions will begin to get harder. The opposite is also true – if a student answers number of questions incorrectly, the test will give them easier questions that are more on the student’s ability level.


Ok. So I shouldn’t help my student answer questions?

RIGHT! Resist the urge to help! This can be the frustrating part. Your student WILL get questions he/she doesn’t know the answers to. That’s ok! If you help your student answer something he/she doesn’t know, that means the next question will be sure to be even more difficult.