8 Apr 2017

Everything you need to know about Testing

Circle Christian School has chosen to separate valuable learning time completed during the regular school calendar from our annual testing season. This means we do testing after campus classes finish.

In May, Circle provides NWEA MAP (Northwest Evaluation Association) Testing for students in grades 3-10 and the Advanced Placement exams for 11th and 12th graders. Per our accreditors, testing Grade 3-12 is required annually. Both test prep and testing days count toward the 180 mandated school days.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is MAP?

MAP is a computer adaptive test designed by NWEA that Circle Christian students Grades 3-10 take each year in May. Three subject areas are covered: Reading, Math, and Language Arts. The results indicate student precise learning level and when taken annually indicate growth over time. With this information the Parent-Educator can respond accordingly to areas of strength and weakness.

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What does it mean to be computer adaptive?

Computer adaptive tests adjust to each student’s learning level, providing each student a unique set of test questions based on their responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty. Even as a video game stretches a students horizons, every student will see challenging material, allowing the Parent-Educator to know what to teach next.

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How long is one session of a MAP test?

Tests are not timed, and students may take as much time as they need to complete them (this eliminates some of the pressure and anxiety students may feel about taking tests). Most students take less than an hour to complete a MAP test. Students should take only one test per day.

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Do you have something to prepare my student for the exam?

Yes, please watch this Welcome to MAP video

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When will I learn about scheduling the tests?

Mr. Stroup will send an email to each family before the end of April, providing you specific directions for scheduling your student’s May NWEA exams.

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When are the Advanced Placement tests?

Psychology — Monday, May 1st. English Literature — Wednesday, May 3rd. English Language — Wednesday, May 10th.

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