# What is the MTC check?

Learn about the pupils multipications table check including what it is, when it is & how to prepare for the Year 4 times table check.

Author
Mhairi Sim

Published
May 2024

# What is the MTC check?

Learn about the pupil multipications table check including what it is, when it is & how to prepare for the Year 4 times table check.

Author
Mhairi Sim

Published
May 2024

# What is the MTC check?

Learn about the pupil multipications table check including what it is, when it is & how to prepare for the Year 4 times table check.

Author
Mhairi Sim

Published
May 2024

Key takeaways

• The multiplications table check is completed by students at the end of Year 4
• There are 25 questions in the assessment that will cover all times tables up to 12
• Most of the questions will focus on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 times tables

The multiplications table check (MTC) is a times table check Year 4 maths students will complete in June each year. The assessment is a way for teachers and schools to check if their students are learning and retaining their multiplication tables.

The MTC check was introduced as a statutory assessment to ensure all students are able to recall their multiplication tables fluently. This skill is known to be extremely important for students as they progress through the maths curriculum.

In this guide we’ll explore exactly what the MTC entails as well as share some helpful tips for multiplication tables check practice!

## How is the multiplications table check structured?

Pupils will complete the multiplications table check on a computer or digital device. To do this, teachers will provide them with a school password and personal PIN that they’ll need to enter before starting.

Each of the 25 questions will appear one at a time on the screen, and students will have six seconds to answer each question. The entire test will take students around five minutes in total to complete.

In the multiplication times table check Year 4 students will be tested on all times tables up to 12 (excluding the 1 times table). Questions will largely focus on the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times tables, as these are notoriously the ones that students have the most difficulty recalling.

There is no expected threshold score or ‘passing’ score. The students will each receive a score out of 25 and this will show how fluent they are in their times table knowledge.

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## Why is the MTC check important?

As learners progress to complete more complicated mathematical operations (long division, long multiplication, multi-step problems etc) not knowing their multiplication facts can cause problems. Wrong answers can lead to their calculations going wrong at an early stage, or time is lost as they try to work out their times tables!

Pupils multiplications table check scores are a great way to identify if any students need support or additional practice in learning their multiplication tables, which can help avoid these issues.

## How to prepare for the Year 4 times table check?

The best way to prepare your learner for the pupil multiplications table check is to get in a little bit of practice each day. Around 10 to 15 minutes per day is more than enough to boost your learners’ confidence and help them to learn their times tables

If you’re short on time, asking your learner a few multiplication questions on the journey to school or while making dinner is a great way to get some practice in.

For most students, the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times tables are where the most practice is needed as the usual mental maths strategies aren’t as easy to apply here.

DoodleLearning has a few super options for helping your learner master their times tables. The first is our DoodleTables app which focuses purely on times tables learning and has a variety of games and challenges that your kiddo will love.

The DoodleLearning maths app is another great option for making your kiddo a great multiplier. Did you know that any subscription to DoodleMaths automatically includes a Tables subscription? It’s a win-win!

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## Multiplication tables check practice ideas

We’ve covered why learning times tables are important so let’s take a look at some strategies that you can add to your multiplication tables check practice schedule!

1. Time challenge
There’s nothing kids love more than setting and beating a personal best! Time them as they recall each times table and record how long it took them. Can they beat it the next time?

2. Unlimited questions ink roller
Kids love anything like stickers or teachers’ stampers, and this multiplication questions ink roller will be no exception! Your learners will love the endless challenge of adjusting the roller and then creating a list of randomised multiplication questions that they can complete.

3. DIY multiplication chart
Multiplication charts are a great way for learners to visualise their times tables. Print off a blank multiplication chart and let them fill in the answers for some practice!

4. Working backwards
Flip things around by giving your kiddos the answers to multiplication questions and have them tell you what two numbers multiply together to give that answer.

5. Times table snap
Help your learner to make their own game of ‘times table snap’ by writing out multiplication questions and the answers onto individual cards. Turn all of these face down on a table and then take turns turning over the cards to match a question and answer.

## Learn your times tables by heart!

Take a look at our times tables guides for more tips on how to help your learner perfect each one!

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Mhairi Sim

Mhairi is an experienced teacher, freelance writer and parent. After completing her bachelor's degree in Psychology, she graduated as a teacher from the University of Strathclyde. She then built experience teaching across KS1 and KS2 throughout the UK. In addition to working in mainstream education, Mhairi specialised in the additional support needs sector, including social, emotional, and behavioural support.

Mhairi

Mhairi is an experienced teacher, freelance writer and parent. After completing her bachelor's degree in Psychology, she graduated as a teacher from the University of Strathclyde. She then built experience teaching across KS1 and KS2 throughout the UK. In addition to working in mainstream education, Mhairi specialised in the additional support needs sector, including social, emotional, and behavioural support.

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