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Multiplication Check 2022

The Year 4 Multiplication Check (MTC)

The multiplication check is a formal test of multiplication skills and will be administered in the three-week period starting on Monday 6th June 2022.


The Department for Education says that the check is part of a new focus on mastering numeracy, giving children the skills and knowledge they need for secondary school and beyond. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether Year 4 pupils can recall their multiplication tables fluently (being able to answer times tables questions accurately and quickly).


The children will be tested using an on-screen check, where they will have to answer multiplication questions against the clock. The test will last no longer than 5 minutes and is similar to other tests already used in primary schools.


The children will have 6 seconds to answer each question in a series of 25. Once the children have inputted an answer, there will be a three-second pause before the next question appears. Also, they will be given the opportunity to practise answering questions in this format before the official check begins.


Pupils' individual results will be made available to schools and are required to report the results to parents or carers. There will be no 'pass mark' and no child will 'fail' the MTC. The purpose of the MTC is to help teachers identify which children are in need of some additional support.


Below this explanation about the MTC is a PowerPoint containing the times tables probes that the children use in school that you may want to use with your child at home.


Timestable Probes