MCA Test Specs in Reading, Math and Science

Refer to these documents for information about the types of MCA questions, connections to state standards, and difficulty and weighting, sorted by grade level.

Mathematics (updated by MDE 2/2/16)


Reading(updated by MDE 2/2/16)



Science(updated by MDE 10/18/12)



MCA Achievement Level Descriptors
Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs) describe the four levels of achievement on the Minnesota Academic Standards. New this year, and especially helpful is the Reading Achievement Level Descriptor Map, which lists skills at each achievement level for a grade level on a single page.
Achievement Level Descriptors by Grade and Content Area



Reading Descriptors Maps by Grade Level