Prep for Maryland State Testing with an MCAP Practice Test

A little preparation goes a long way — and that’s true for Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program tests. With a few MCAP practice sessions, your students will be ready to take their exam with confidence and ease. And no doubt, they’ll pass in flying colors.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program and how to prep your students with MCAP practice tests.

What Is the MCAP?

The Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) is a statewide academic testing program that assesses students against the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards. Composed of year-end summative assessments for elementary and middle school students and end-of-course exams for high school students, MCAP provides insights on student learning which give teachers and parents insights into their students, while also providing accountability for schools and districts.
MCAP tests cover math, English language arts, social studies, and science (with the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment, or MISA). These subjects are tested at the following grade levels:
  • Mathematics (grades 3–8)
  • English language arts (grades 3–8, 10)
  • MISA, the science assessment (grades 5 and 8)
  • Social studies (grade 8)
  • High school end-of-course exams: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Life Science MISA, Government
The MISA tests are aligned with the Maryland Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This spring (2022) is the first time the Life Science MISA will be administered to high school students. Startin in the 2022-2023 school year, the Life Science MISA exam will count as 20 percent of a student’s grade.
Students with significant cognitive disabilities may qualify for the alternate Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessments, rather than the MCAP exams. DLM tests cover the same subjects and grade levels as the MCAP tests and similarly delivered online.
English language learners in Maryland take the ACCESS for ELLs, which tests their English language proficiency in grades K through 12. English learners with significant cognitive disabilities may take the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, an adapted version administered on paper.
The 2021-2022 Maryland testing windows for MCAP and MISA tests are as follows:
  • English language arts, all grades
    • Paper tests: April 4–May 27, 2022
    • Computer tests: April 4–June 3, 2022
  • Mathematics, all grades
    • Paper tests: April 4–May 27, 2022
    • Computer tests: April 4–June 3, 2022
  • Social studies
    • Paper tests: May 2–27, 2022
    • Computer tests: May 2–June 3, 2022
  • Science
    • Paper tests: March 7–18, 2022
    • Computer test: March 7–25, 2022

How to Prep Your Students with MCAP Practice Tests

MCAP and MISA tests are primarily administered online via computer. This means, in order to test well, students need to be well-versed not only in the subject matter but also in the digital testing environment.
Virtual tests like MCAP take advantage of the offerings of digital technology to ask deeper, more complicated questions. In fact, the MISA tests go beyond standard multiple choice questions by including multiple tabs for interaction and question types like selected response, multiple select, and constructed response. Technology-enhanced questions make use of drag-and-drop and hot spot features for greater insight on student learning.
To make sure your students are ready for whatever the MCAP throws their way, give them practice test sessions in a virtual testing environment. Digital MCAP practice tests enable students to get familiar with the testing technology — honing their navigation skills and learning the ins and outs of virtual testing features — so they’ll be confident on test day. To get the most bang for your practice testing buck, have your students take the MCAP practice tests on the same device they’ll use for the real test. That way, they’ll know exactly how the testing technology interacts with their device, whether a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.
With a few MCAP practice tests under their belts, your students will be more than prepared to face the test — and ace it.

MCAP Practice Tests Are Available in Edulastic

To make MCAP practice tests as easy to access as possible, Edulastic has already uploaded MCAP practice test content to our Edulastic Public Library. All you have to do is sign up for a free account, and you’ll be ready to welcome your students into their first practice session. The Edulastic environment mimics the look and feel of the MCAP test, so your students can develop their virtual testing skills with the assurance that they’ll know exactly what to expect on test day.
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MCAP Practice Tests

MCAP Grade 3-4 Mathematics Computer Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 3-4 Mathematics Computer Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 5 Mathematics Computer Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 5 Mathematics Computer Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 6-7 ELA/Literacy Computer Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 6-7 ELA/Literacy Computer Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 8-10 ELA/Literacy Computer Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 3-4 Mathematics Computer Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 8 Social Computer Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 8 Social Computer Based Practice Test Unit 3
MCAP Grade 8 Social Computer Based Practice Test Unit 4
MCAP Grade 6-7 Mathematics Computer Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 6-7 Mathematics Paper Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 8 Mathematics Computer Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 8 Mathematics Computer Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Algebra I-II Computer Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Algebra I-II Practice Test – Unit 2 (CBT)
MCAP Geometry Computer Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Geometry Computer Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 3-5 ELA/Literacy Computer Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 3-5 ELA/Literacy Computer Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 3-5 ELA Paper Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 3-5 ELA Paper Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 6-7 ELA Paper Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 6-7 ELA Paper Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 8-10 ELA Paper Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 8-10 ELA Paper Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 3-4 Mathematics Paper Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 3-4 Mathematics Paper Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 5 Mathematics Paper Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 5 Mathematics Paper Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 6-7 Mathematics Paper Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 6-7 Mathematics Computer Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 8 Mathematics Paper Based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Grade 8 Mathematics Paper Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 8-10 ELA/Literacy Computer Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Algebra I-II Paper based Practice Test Unit 1
MCAP Algebra I-II Paper based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Geometry Paper based – Unit 1
MCAP Geometry Paper Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 8 Social Paper based – Unit 1
MCAP Grade 8 Social Paper Based Practice Test Unit 2
MCAP Grade 8 Social Paper Based Practice Test Unit 3
MCAP Grade 8 Social Paper Based Practice Test Unit 4
MCAP Grade 5 Science Paper Based Released Items 2018- Unit 1
MCAP Grade 5 Science Paper Based Released Items 2018- Unit 2
MCAP Grade 5 Science Paper Based Released Items 2018- Unit 3
MCAP Grade 8 Science Paper Based Released Items 2018- Unit 1
MCAP Grade 8 Science Paper Based Released Items 2018- Unit 2
MCAP Grade 8 Science Paper Based Released Items 2018- Unit 3
MCAP Grade 5 Science Practice Test – Unit 2 (CBT)
MCAP Grade 5 Science Practice Test – Unit 1 (CBT)
MCAP Grade 5 Science Practice Test – Unit 2 (CBT)
MCAP Grade 8 Science Practice Test – Unit 1 (CBT)
MCAP Grade 8 Science Practice Test – Unit 2 (CBT)
MCAP Grade 5 Science Practice Test – Unit 1 (CBT)
MCAP Spanish Grade 5 Science Practice Test – Unit 1 (CBT)
MCAP Spanish Grade 5 Science Practice Test – Unit 2 (CBT)
MCAP Grade 8 Science Practice Test – Unit 1 (CBT)
MCAP Grade 8 Science Practice Test – Unit 2 (CBT)
MCAP Spanish Grade 8 Science Practice Test – Unit 1 (CBT)
MCAP Spanish Grade 8 Science Practice Test – Unit 2 (CBT)
MCAP Spanish Grade 8 Social Practice Test – Unit 1 (CBT)
MCAP Spanish Grade 8 Social Practice Test – Unit 2 (CBT)
MCAP Spanish Grade 8 Social Practice Test – Unit 3 (CBT)
MCAP Spanish Grade 8 Social Practice Test – Unit 4 (CBT)