Student experience in the Imagine Math PreK-2 Benchmark Test


This article does not apply to students taking the NWEA™ MAP® Growth Assessment.

The first time PreK-2 students log in to Imagine Math, they receive an introductory lesson that allows them to practice navigating through Imagine Math PreK-2. This is a PreK lesson that is given to all students to make sure they know how to use the program.

After the introductory lesson, students complete the first lesson for their rostered grade level.

Finally, students automatically receive the Imagine Math Benchmark 1 test.


Later in the year as soon as Benchmarks 2 and/or 3 are assigned to them, students will finish whatever question they were currently working on and then that lesson will be interrupted and students will be directed to the Benchmark instead. There is no navigation practice or precursor lesson associated with Benchmarks 2 and 3.

The Benchmark is an adaptive test: the number of questions each student receives (and thus the time it takes them to finish the test) varies according to their performance during the test. The test is not timed; students can take as long as they need to respond to each question. However, the program does time out after 10 minutes of idle time

Recognizing the screens and notifications your students see will help you monitor the test. You can also identify which students are currently taking the test via the Activity report, which updates in near real-time. 

After students complete the Benchmark test, you can view student results. Test results can take up to three hours to appear. If a student receives a Benchmark score that doesn't seem appropriate for their skill level, School Administrators and Teachers can reassign the test and have the student retake it.


Students should not receive any assistance while taking the Imagine Math Benchmark. Helping students during the Benchmark can cause students to be placed incorrectly in the curriculum (in lessons that are too difficult for them).

Starting the Imagine Math PreK-2 Benchmark test

Students start the Benchmark test by clicking the Home icon in the middle of the map. When a Benchmark test is waiting for a student, the Home icon is the only icon available for students to click.


The Benchmark test looks and sounds like the lessons students see in Imagine Math PreK-2, except that students receive neutral feedback while they work on the test (instead of the instructional feedback they receive during lessons). Students see a Test in Progress message at the top of their screen while they work on the Benchmark.  


Students who have their Support Language set to Spanish see an Examen en Curso message.

Understanding the Benchmark sub-tests

The Benchmark test adapts to each student's skill level, beginning with questions that are appropriate for the student's rostered grade level. The test includes different question types from these three different sub-tests.

  • Counting, Cardinality, and Numbers in Base 10
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Geometry, Measurement, and Data

After students complete questions from one Benchmark sub-test, they are returned to the map where they must click the Home icon to start the next sub-test.

These are some example question types that students may encounter. 

Counting, Cardinality, and Numbers in Base 10 question type

Students drag the numbers at the bottom of the screen to the path to create the correct number sequence.


Addition and Subtraction question type

Students hear an addition problem and then create the number sequence for that problem and calculate the correct answer.


Geometry, Measurement, and Data question type

Students drag the ruler to the shape to measure it and record their answer.


Finishing the Benchmark test

After students finish the Benchmark, they return to the map where they can click on any active icon to continue working in Imagine Math.