The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is an assessment that the Government has recently introduced for all pupils in Year 4. It is an online assessment that has been designed to assess whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.
From 2022 onwards the MTC will be compulsory, with all pupils in Year 4 completing the assessments in June. The multiplication tables check will take place from Monday 3 June 2024.
The MTC is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times tables questions, which means it will be completed on a computer. Your child will answer 3 practice questions before moving on to the official check and will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important. The more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master the times tables! To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 6 seconds!
All children from years 2 to 6 have a username and password so they can also access this website from home. If they lose this, please see their class teacher.
Resources to Support Learning Time Tables:
St Mary’s School Multiplication Tables Check Video
This video provides more information on what pupils and schools can expect from the MTC.