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Multiplication Tables Check (MTC)

The Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check will become statutory in June 2020. Children will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level.


What Is The Purpose Of The Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check?

  • To determine whether year 4 pupils can fluently recall their multiplication tables.
  • There is no ‘pass’ rate or threshold. 
  • It is to help schools to identify pupils who are struggling with their times tables so they can get extra support.


When Will It Take Place?

The check will take place during June, there is no set day. Children are not expected to take the check at the same time.


How Will It Be Carried Out?

  • The check will be done online.
  • It will take less than 5 minutes per pupil. Some children will be eligible for specific arrangements.
  • Children will get 6 seconds from the time the question appears to input their answer. 
  • There will be 25 questions with a 3 second pause in-between questions. 
  • Children will not see their individual results when they complete the check.  


The Questions

  • Each child will be randomly assigned a set of questions. 
  • Children will only face multiplication statements in the check (not related division facts).
  • The questions will be from the 2 to 12 multiplication tables.
  • The 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 multiplication tables are likely to come up most often, as these are the hardest for most children to learn.
  • There will only be a maximum of 7 questions from the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.