Mississippi state testing doesn’t need to make educators or students nervous — with the right preparation, you and your students can approach MAAP tests with confidence, knowing they’re ready for whatever questions the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program throws at them.
Here’s what you should know about MAAP tests and how to best prepare your students for the online assessments.
What Are MAAP Tests?
The Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP) measures student achievement against the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards for English language arts, mathematics, science, and U.S. history. Featuring both annual assessments for elementary and middle schools and end-of-course exams for high school students, MAAP tests provide insight into how students and particular schools and districts are achieving expected outcomes.
MAAP tests cover the following subjects and grade levels:
- English language arts (grades 3–8)
- Mathematics (grades 3–8)
- Science (grades 5 and 8)
- End-of-course exams for high school students: Algebra I, Biology I, English II, U.S. history
Mississippi students with significant cognitive disabilities may qualify to take the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program-Alternate (MAAP-A), which tests students against the Mississippi Academic Alternate Achievement Standards (MAAAS). MAAP-A tests the following subjects and grade levels:
- Reading, writing, mathematics: Grades 3–8
- Science: At least one grade in each of these grade bands:
- Grades 3–5
- Grades 5–8
- Grades 9–12
In addition to the MAAP-A and MAAP tests, Mississippi administers the DRC LAS Links Assessment System test to English language learners to test their proficiency in the English language. All students in grade 11 take the ACT, and Mississippi high school students have opportunities to take the ACT WorkKeys assessment of job skills as well.
The testing windows for the MAAP test and Mississippi’s other academic assessments are as follows:
- Grade 3 MAAP ELA: April 4–12, 2022
- MAAP tests (all other grades and subjects, including end-of-course spring testing): April 11–May 13, 2022
- MAAP-A: March 14–May 6, 2022
- English language proficiency test (DRC LAS): March 1–April 11, 2022
- Window 1: Paper testing (March 1), Online testing (March 1–10), Accommodations testing (March 1–11, 2022)
- Window 2: Paper testing (March 22), Online testing (March 22–April 1), Accommodations testing (March 22–April 1, 2022)
- Window 3: Paper testing (April 5), Online testing (April 5–14), Accommodations testing (April 5–15, 2022)
- ACT WorkKeys: Paper testing (February 7–18), Online testing (February 7–March 4, 2022)
Why Virtual Practice Tests Are the Best Way to Prepare for MAAP Tests
MAAP tests, and many of Mississippi’s other assessments, are administered online. This enables the tests to take a closer look at students’ learning, going beyond multiple choice questions with technology-enhanced questions that require students to engage critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Virtual tests also require students to be familiar with digital test-taking technology. Whether they come across drag-and-drop and dropdown features or must fill a table or create a graph on-screen, your students need to know how to properly navigate the testing technology and interact with its features to provide their answers. They need to know the content and the technology.
This is where virtual practice tests come in. To prepare for MAAP tests, virtual practice tests provide students with both a sense of what they’ll be tested on and a familiarity with the test-taking technology. With a few practice sessions, your students will be able to identify their weaknesses (and strengths!) and hone their digital test-taking skills. Along the way, they’ll gain confidence that will come in handy for test day.
To make sure they’re fully fluent in the technology, have them practice on the same device they’ll use for the MAAP test, whether tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. This way, they’ll know exactly how the testing software interacts with their device — no surprises left for test day.
MAAP Practice Tests Are Available in Edulastic
To make MAAP test prep as easy as possible, Edulastic has already uploaded practice MAAP test content to the Edulastic Public Library. All you have to do is set up a free Edulastic account, and you’ll be able to administer the practice tests to your students — in a virtual environment that mimics the look and feel of the real MAAP tests.
If you do want to tweak pre-made assessment items or make your own, that’s an option too! And all questions can be tied to Mississippi learning standards which makes tracking mastery easier. With the results from students’ online practice, you’ll be able to better understand what additional instruction or guidance is needed.
When you give your students MAAP practice on Edulastic, you’ll be giving them a boost leading up to state testing day.
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MAAP Practice tests
MAAP PRACTICE TEST- BIOLOGY-HS- 2019
MAAP PRACTICE TEST- SCIENCE-GRADE 5 – 2019
MAP PRACTICE TEST- SCIENCE-GRADE 5
55 questions | MAAPAssign
MAP PRACTICE TEST- MATH-ALGEBRA I
MAP PRACTICE TEST- MATH-GRADE 8
MAP PRACTICE TEST- MATH-GRADE 7
MAP PRACTICE TEST- SCIENCE-GRADE 8
60 questions | MAAPAssign
MAP PRACTICE TEST- MATH-GRADE 5
MAP PRACTICE TEST- MATH-GRADE 4
MAP PRACTICE TEST- MATH-GRADE 3
MAP PRACTICE TEST- ELAII
MAP PRACTICE TEST- ELA-GRADE 8
MAP PRACTICE TEST- ELA-GRADE 7
MAP PRACTICE TEST- ELA-GRADE 6
MAP PRACTICE TEST- ELA-GRADE 5
MAP PRACTICE TEST- ELA-GRADE 4
MAP PRACTICE TEST- ELA-GRADE 3