Map Reading

Q. Is it better to have more than one kid?

A. It depends on the kid and their personality. If they’re outgoing, yes, it would be better to have more than one kid.

Q. Is there a concept of scales (ex. w/rulers)?

A. No. There will be mileage charts though.

Q. Is there topography?

A. No.

Q. Is there a story narrative?

A. No

Q. Will there be a compass for third grade?

A. No. Third graders will have to determine which maps are the best to use.

Q. How does grading work?

A. For third graders, it’s 4 points for the right answer and 1 point for the map number. If they only say the map number, they get 0 points. If they get the right answer but not the map number, they get 4 points. If they get both, they get 5 points. For second graders, each question is 5 points.

Q. How hard will the test be?

A. The test is not designed to be confusing.

Q. What kind of general knowledge do they need to know?

A. For example, Michigan is a state, etc.

Q. How many questions?

A. 10 to 12 for 2nd graders, and 15 to 20 for 3rd graders.

Q. Will there be a time limit on each map?

A. No, but we will encourage them to move on if they’re stuck on a problem.

Q. Can they flip around the maps?

A. No. They will be taped down, but all the answers can be found on the map side that is showing.

Q. What types of maps will be utilized?

A. Highway maps, globes, museum maps, amusement park maps, temperature/rainfall maps, vegetation maps, etc.

Q. Will they need to know how to read legends?

A. Yes, they will.

Q.How do mileage chart questions work?

A. We will require the specific number of miles on the chart, not a range. They will not need to use a ruler.

Q. Will there be questions about giving directions (such as how to get to a high school)?

A. No. These kinds of questions will not be assessed.

Q. Is there a cutoff to submit questions?

A. Yes, usually a few weeks before the event.

Q. Will the answers be “obvious?”

A. Yes. The questions are not designed to be confusing, given the age of the participants.

Q. Will there be math on the test?

A. No

Q. Are grid questions (ex. At which grid coordinate is Lansing located? A-5) something to be known?

A. Yes.

Q. If there’s a building, will there be multiple floors?

A. Yes, there will be floors.