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Achievement Tests & MAP

We help students lay a strong foundation of test-taking skills that will help them succeed on these challenging tests. Our achievement test tutoring is comprehensive and customized to each student with an in-depth focus on:

Test-taking strategies

Academic skills

Timing strategies

Overcoming test anxiety

Not only do students get great score increases, they also build core reading and math skills that help them in school.

Frequently asked questions about the achievement tests

What’s an achievement test?

Students take achievement tests each year in school to measure their progress that school year. Students typically start taking achievement tests in third grade and take them yearly through eighth grade or beyond. We can prepare 3rd-8th grade students for the following tests:

  • MAP: This test is used by many different types of schools. Chicago seventh and eighth graders also take the MAP test as part of their admissions into CPS selective enrollment high schools.
  • SAT10, IOWA, and TerraNova: These tests are used by many independent and Catholic schools.
  • Aspire: This achievement test is used by many Catholic schools.
  • PARCC: This test is used by all Illinois public schools.

Why prepare for an achievement test? Shouldn't my child be prepared through school?

Yes, many students are well prepared through school and don't need to do any additional work! Students we tutor for achievement tests tend to struggle with showing their knowledge on standardized tests. This may be due to struggles with test anxiety or timing, or simply due to a lack of experience with standardized tests. With these students, we combine skill building with practical strategies to help them manage stress, anxiety, or any other test taking challenges.

We also have a lot of experience working with Chicago 7th and 8th graders who are taking the MAP test for selective enrollment high school admissions. Click here to learn more about our approach!

Why Nurturing Wisdom?

Nurturing Wisdom's one-on-one, in-home tutoring goes beyond just helping your child get a great score. We will teach your child the core academic skills that will help them succeed on their test and in school. With a strong tutor match, your child will look forward to tutoring sessions, follow through on independent work, and become a more confident learner.

We're here to support parents as well! Your tutoring director will help you put together an optimal timeline, keep you posted on progress, remind you of important deadlines, and answer any questions you have along the way.

How do I get started?

All students start by taking a pre-test for the achievement test they are taking in school (MAP, SAT10, TerraNova, or IOWA) . After the pre-tests are complete, we'll put together a tutoring plan outlining how much tutoring we recommend, goal scores, and which test dates we recommend preparing for. The best part? The pre-test, test analysis, and plan are free!

Contact us today to get a free pre-test or sign up for one of our proctored tests!

When should my child start preparing for their test?

It depends on when their real test date is, but we generally recommend students start tutoring 3-4 months prior to their real test date.