Preparing to test
NWEA recommends 3 Mbps for every 30 computers concurrently testing. To perform an internet speed test, use a website such as Speedtest.net and select Portland, Oregon (the primary location of NWEA servers). While we can’t guarantee success in every case, we have tested children over satellite and cell phone connections without issue. If you have issues with connectivity (your internet connection goes down and you need to reconnect), rest assured that when you test with us, each answer is saved as your child enters it. If you lose your internet connection, simply call your proctor once you are back online, and they can help your student pick up where they left off.
When you are preparing to assess your children with MAP Growth, you need to prepare your children and your testing device.
To prepare your children, we encourage using the NWEA “warmup” site to familiarize your child with the format of the test. MAP Growth is designed to challenge all students, and because of this, your child will be asked questions they cannot yet answer correctly. We encourage you to explain to your children that students typically answer about half the questions correctly on MAP Growth. This does not mean they are doing poorly on the test—the test adapts to the level that is providing the correct amount of challenge. Encourage them to think about the question, eliminate any obviously wrong answers, and then take their best guess. We do not recommend reviewing material to prepare for MAP Growth, because the purpose of the test is to help you assess your normal homeschool routine. When you are choosing your test date, we recommend choosing a day that is at least two weeks after any long break in homeschooling so the results aren’t unduly influenced by the break.
To prepare your testing device, you will need to ensure that you have the proper software installed. For a smooth testing experience, please test with the Chrome browser or the NWEA Secure Testing App, if being taken on an iPad.
If you have any posters or other learning aids that might serve as reference material during the test, please cover them up or put them away before testing begins. If you have internet blocking or accountability software, please disable it during testing. The device will need to be connected to the internet throughout the test.