An Overview of the NWEA MAP Exam

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    Used by the state of Illinois to measure students’ progress throughout each school year, the NWEA MAP test is a common core aligned, computer-adaptive test designed to quantify a student’s knowledge of math and reading. Chicago Public Schools administer the test multiple times each year to measure the growth of their students’ understanding of both math and reading concepts. However, what sets the NWEA MAP test apart from other standardized tests is its computer adaptive quality. This means that it adapts its difficulty level based on whether or not a student selects a correct answer. Accordingly, for 7th and 8th graders, if students continue to answer questions correctly, the test will go out of grade level, asking high school level questions.

    For Chicago Public School students, the NWEA MAP is a common part of the school year. However, the NWEA MAP taken in the spring of the 7th-grade year is more than just a benchmark test. This test provides 1/3 of the points required to attend a Selective Enrollment High School. Each section of the test is worth 150 points, with a total of 300 points up for grabs based on their NWEA MAP score. An additional 300 points are taken from a student’s 7th-grade grades, with a final 300 points available from the Selective Enrollment High School Exam (SEHS). Additionally, for those attending Catholic or private schools, students must take the NWEA MAP test in the fall of their 8th-grade year. For more information on how to prepare for the NWEA MAP test, visit our homepage:

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    Hi, what are the scoring ranges for Reading and Math? What are the max scores if the student reaches high school level content as you mentioned?



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    Test Prep Chicago

    Dear HainesMom,

    Thank you for your questions. Every few years, NWEA does a norming study of students’ scores throughout the country to determine the RIT/Percentile conversions. NWEA’s last study took place during the 2015-16 school year and NWEA is planning to do its next study in 2020. This year, the 7th-grade spring RIT score ranges for math and reading are listed below.

    Math: RIT score of 270 = 99%, RIT score of 258 = 95%, RIT score of 251 = 90%, etc…

    Reading: RIT score of 253 = 99%, RIT score of 243 = 95%, RIT score of 238 = 90%, etc…

    Thus, if a student is receiving a math RIT score of 270 (or higher), the student is scoring in the 99% of all students at his/her grade level. It is hard to say what exact RIT score number equates to out of grade level content as different school districts have different grade level standards for math and reading. From our experience, the difference between scoring in the low/mid 90% range and the high 90% range requires students to answer out of grade level questions (as would be considered by most Chicago schools).

    Feel free to email us directly ( if you have any additional questions and/or if you would like to receive the detailed (percent by percent RIT score/percentile conversions).

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