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How to Pass the 2nd Grade MAP Test

Updated February 8, 2022

By Fi Phillips
Fi Phillips

The 2nd grade MAP test is designed to assess your child’s current academic level, their learning progress over time, and how they compare to their peers.

This online test is regulated by the NWEA and is designed to help teachers identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses and predict their likely performance in future years. Children may face the test at the beginning of the school year, mid-way through, or at the end. Generally, the test will be taken at your child’s school.

Unlike many exams where all pupils face the same questions, the MAP test is adaptive to the individual child, presenting them with questions based on their responses. A correct response, for instance, leads to more difficult questions, whereas an incorrect response is met with easier questions.

There are two types of 2nd grade MAP tests.

  • MAP K-2 – For children who cannot yet read. In this version, written questions are replaced by recorded instructions that the child can listen to.
  • MAP 2-5 – Taken by children who can read.

What Does the Test Cover?

The MAP test, also referred to as the ‘MAP Growth Assessment’, evaluates reading, language use and math across the entire age range from kindergarten to 12th grade. The 2nd grade MAP test assesses these three subject areas at a level that is appropriate for most seven- to eight-year-olds.

Math Questions

The math questions will cover the following areas:

  • Numbers and operations – For example, understanding fractions
  • Geometry – For example, solving shape-related problems
  • Operations and algebraic thinking – For example, analyzing patterns
  • Measurement and data – For example, calculating geometric measurement

Sample 2nd Grade Math Questions

1. What digit is in the hundreds column of 974?

a) 7
b) 4
c) 9
d) 1

2. Which of the following shapes has four angles?

a) triangle
b) circle
c) square
d) pentagon

3. 49 + 3 = ?

a) 51
b) 52
c) 53
d) 54

  1. In the following table, how many red lollipops were sold?

a) 9
b) 11
c) 10
d) 5

Type of Lollipop Number Sold
Yellow 5
Red 10
Orange 11
Green 9

The correct answers are 1c, 2c, 3b and 4c.

Language Use Questions

In this section, your child’s knowledge of grammar, spelling and vocabulary will be assessed. 2nd grade language use questions in the MAP test are split into three areas:

  • Mechanics – For example, spelling
  • Grammar and usage – For example, nouns and pronouns
  • Writing process – For example, pre-planning

Sample 2nd Grade Language Use Questions

1. Which of the following words is not spelled correctly?

a) lesson
b) scissers
c) teacher
d) paper

2. Which of the following verb pairs is wrong?

a) Do – did
b) Walk – walked
c) Sell – bought
d) Run – ran

3. Which words complete the sentence correctly? My father folded his clothes into a ______.

a) chest and drawers
b) chest of drawers
c) chest and draws
d0 chest of draw

4. Which contraction has the correctly placed apostrophe?

a) cant’
b) doesn’t
c) youv’e
d) lets’

The correct answers are: 1b, 2c, 3b and 4b.

Reading Questions

This section of the MAP test is designed to assess your child’s understanding of written formats. It also tests their ability to draw information from passages of text using their knowledge of linked themes, theories and concepts.

The reading questions in the 2nd grade MAP test can be split into three categories:

  • Word meaning – For example, antonyms and synonyms
  • Literary concepts – For example, characterization or genre
  • Informational concepts – For example, conclusions or viewpoint

Sample 2nd Grade Reading Questions

1. What is the antonym of succeed?

a) try
b) score
c) fail
d) achieve

2. Which of the following is alive?

a) rock
b) car
c) frog
d) computer

3. Read the passage.

Bobby liked to sit on the top of the climbing frame because from up there, she could see the roove of her house. She could also see the sky above and she liked to think that her mom and her little brother were looking up at the sky at that exact same time. It made her feel safer in the big, busy school she had recently moved to.

Which word is not spelled correctly?

a) climbing
b) roove
c) exact
d) busy

The correct answers are: 1c, 2c and 3b.

How to Pass the 2nd Grade MAP Test
How to Pass the 2nd Grade MAP Test

How Is the Test Scored?

MAP tests are scored using the Rasch unIT scale (RIT). This scale is stable, reflecting academic levels from kindergarten up to 12th grade. The RIT scale is used alongside the Common Core learning standards. These standards lay out the learning and skills that a child should develop by the end of each school year.

At the end of the MAP test, a numeric score on the RIT scale will be awarded for each of the three subject areas. This score represents where the child sits on the overall RIT scale. The score can be viewed in comparison to the child’s past score to discover their learning progress over time. The score will also be compared to national average scores achieved by children in the same school year.

Both the child’s individual progress and the comparison with an average score will help to predict their likely future performance and indicate areas where extra help is required.

How to Succeed on the 2nd Grade MAP Test

The 2nd grade MAP test is designed to assess the academic levels of seven- to eight-year-olds. As with any school exam, the key to your child performing at their best in the test is preparation. There are plenty of ways that you can work with your child to help them prepare for the MAP test.

Use Practice Tests

One of the best ways that your child can prepare for any test is to become familiar with what they will face on the day, for instance, the format of the questions. This is where using practice tests can be helpful.

Practice 2nd grade MAP tests can be sourced from the following provider:

As a parent, the main benefit to your child using practice papers is that you can see exactly what they will face and can help them accordingly.

Work on Weak Areas in Their Knowledge

Once your child has begun to use practice papers and sample questions, it will become clear where their strengths and weaknesses lie. Continue to work with them on all learning topics but give your child extra help and practice in their weaker areas.

As your child uses more practice papers, track their improvement to ensure that they are making progress in their weaker subjects.

Work With Your Child’s Teacher

You may think that you have a complete picture of your child’s educational progress, but what about the hours when your child is away from you at school? During that time, it is your child’s teacher who witnesses both the progress they make and the challenges they face. Take advantage of this by working with their teacher to support your child’s learning.

Ask their teacher where they feel that your child needs extra support and practice. Find out when the tests will take place and – with the teacher’s guidance – develop a home schedule for learning.

Starting and maintaining a conversation with your child’s teacher will provide you with a more rounded view of your child’s progress and flag up any areas of concern, whether academic or otherwise.

Make Learning Fun

Sitting down to learn at home when a child has already spent their school day learning can lead to a resentful child who quickly loses focus. At seven or eight years old, they may also be tired by the end of the school day. Counter this by adding fun to the learning process.

Save practice papers for when your child is less likely to be tired, such as on the weekend. There are plenty of other ways you can help them learn that will seem less like lessons and more like fun.

Read books together that your child enjoys. That might mean you reading to them and then asking about what they have heard, or them reading to you.

Ask them to help you compile your weekly shopping list. They can write the shopping list, whether with paper and pen or using the note function on a mobile phone, while you tell them what to add. In addition to spending time with you, add an element of fun by asking them to add a treat for themselves.

Cooking together can combine lots of skills:

  • Reading a recipe and food labels
  • Pulling information from the recipe, such as what ingredients to add first
  • Measuring ingredients or dividing cookie mixture into a set number of helpings

When you sit down to study with your child, remember to let them take regular breaks. This will help them to maintain focus, absorb information more easily and not build up a negative view of learning.

Finally, try not to put pressure on your children to learn. Find a way to make it a natural process at home, rather than an extension of school.

Make Sure Your Child Is Healthy

It can be easy to forget that your child’s body is already doing a lot besides learning. It is growing and supporting your child’s progress. For it to do that well, it needs your support in making sure that your child is healthy.

They need sufficient sleep; for seven to eight years old that means 10 to 11 hours’ sleep most nights.

They need sufficient nutrition to support their developing bodies, including their brains. They will get this from a healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables.

They need to stay hydrated; this is especially important for their brains to function at an optimal level. Make sure they drink plenty of water, instead of squash, soda or fruit juice.

Finally, make sure they are active. That does not have to be sports but getting out to play and run around is essential. Make it into a family event by going outdoors with them.

Frequently Asked Questions

The 2nd Grade MAP test is a computerized test that your child can sit either at school or at home. The test examines a child’s cognitive abilities and what they have learned in school. It also determines what area they need to improve in before they sit another MAP test in the next grade.

Like all the MAP tests, the examination is scored by using stanines.

If your child achieves 175 on the mathematics section, 174 on language usage and 172 on reading they will fall within the top 50%.

If they achieve 196, 200 and 197 in the same respective sections, they will score within the top 5% of the population.

The reading section of the MAP tests a child’s comprehension skills, vocabulary and writing skills.

Usually, students will have to sit between 40 and 43 questions, and it will take no longer than 60 minutes. This section may take the longest because of the time it will take for writing and reading.

Final Thoughts

The MAP test was designed to help teachers assist their pupils in making good educational progress. Help your child do their best in the actual test, and therefore succeed at school, by working with them to prepare for the test.

Learning is not only an in-school process; it also has a place in the home. With the right attitude, it can turn into a fun, family routine.