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The Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Tests (MAPT) comprise ABE reading and math tests at several levels. The knowledge and skills measured by the MAPT come directly from the Massachusetts ABE Curriculum Frameworks. You can view and/or download the ACLS policy manual here.
The tests are web-based, with test takers working at laptops or desktops with an Internet connection. The tests are adaptive in that the software tailors each sequence of items to specific learners by tracking their performance as they test. No separate forms of the test (e.g., TABE) are needed because test-takers are given different items each time they test.
Trained teachers are given a login to use the MAPT system, but they cannot view the actual tests. After intake at their programs, learners with a SMARTT ID can login and access the complete MAPT system: Sample Questions, Practice Tests for both reading and mathematics, and the operational tests for reading and mathematics.
The Sample Questions include four questions in each subject area that walk the students through some basic tools and terms needed to take the assessment. Twenty-item Practice Tests are available at every learning level for each subject area. These are designed to help learners and teachers see sample content at each level, as well as to double-check whether they are starting at an appropriate test level. They also provide a way for teachers to ensure that the technology in their classroom or computer lab is ready to go for MAPT.
The reading and mathematics tests each and take about 60 minutes to complete. There are currently four levels of math tests (from Beginning ABE through GED/College Transition) and three levels of reading tests (from Emerging through Advancing) Literacy level tests are not yet available for either area as yet.
When a learner completes a MAPT, a score report is displayed on the screen that includes their scale score, the MAPT subject, and their frameworks level. Scores are automatically uploaded to the SMARTT system so they no longer need to be manually entered and sent.