Multiplication Tables Check
What is the Multiplication Tables Check
The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is a Key Stage 2 assessment to be taken by children at the end of Year 4 (in June). The purpose of the MTC is to make sure the times tables knowledge is at the expected level. From 2021/2022, the multiplication tables check (MTC) was made statutory for primary schools.
The MTC is an online test, where the children are asked 25 questions on times tables; from the 2 times table to the 12 times table. For each question they will have 6 seconds to answer and, in between the questions, there is a 3-second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often. The questions are generated randomly based on the rules of the MTC.
How to prepare
A good way to prepare is start early and build a daily routine practising the times tables. With regular practise children will be able to answer the questions and gain confidence. We suggest practising 10 to 15 minutes a day for optimal results.
The Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check trial below will help children to become more comfortable with reading and answering on a screen.
For more information on the assessment framework check ‘this’ government website