The MAP placement examination is given to applicants 7 year old and up, to determine the appropriate placement. The assessment involves reading, language arts, and mathematics. Some students may be given a writing prompt as well. This is more likely to occur at the secondary level to determine writing proficiency and credit transfer. School administration and parents will also discuss the academic, social, emotional and physical development of the child. Screening will be carried out by the classroom teacher for the first couple of weeks that a student is in the class.
At Tirana International School, students are assigned to classes according to their birthdays. TIS classes do not use the traditional American terms of pre-school, kindergarten, first grade, fourth grade, sophomore, senior, etc. For elementary classes the terms used are five-year-old class, six-year-old class, etc. In some cases, students will be assigned to classes based on levels completed at previous schools and MAP test.