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Prepare Your Students for the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC)

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Remove Nerves for the Big Day.

Track Students' Progress.

Identical Student Interface to the DfE's Test.

What is the MTC?

The MTC is an online check (there is no paper version) completed during a three week period in June by pupils in year 4. The school can decide on what device type – tablet or computer (no paper option) – pupils will use to complete the check.

The MTC will be different for each and every child as the test features a set of 25 generated times tables questions.

Pupils will have 6 seconds to read the question, understand it, and enter a response. They will then receive a 3 second pause before the next question is shown.

So with 9 seconds for each question and 25 questions, the test will take 225 seconds or 3 minutes 45 seconds.

Questions will be made up from the 2-12 multiplication tables. The table shown here gives the maximum and minimum number of questions that will be presented to the pupils.

More Guidance can be found here.

MTC-Year 4-multiplication-tables-check

MTC with Emile mimics the DfE test.

As seen with the pilots in June 2019, a lot of children struggled with entering the answers in the strict time limits. We hope that by practising with Emile students will become comfortable with what they have to do.

MTC with Emile is not only a practice test, but allows teachers to alter the tables tested and the time for each questions.

Teachers can review progress and target weaknesses.

The interface is identical to the DfE’s own interface.

Teacher Controls.

In response to teacher requests, students and teachers can alter the time to respond and the times tables tested. 

This allows a safe and relaxed way for Year 3 students to prepare for the test and get used to the layout.

Study by the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester were given access to all the results and progress made within MTC with Emile from January 2020 to April 2020. (All the data was of course anonymised in line with our Data Protection Policy and GDPR.)

MTC Improvement

The raw data showed that over a 4 month period, students increased the percentage of correct questions by nearly 25%.  

Letter for Parents.

We have drafted a letter suitable for teachers to amend and send home to their parents. The letter explains the Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check and how they are not to become concerned by it.

MTC Letter for parents
MTC Powerpoint Page 1

MTC Powerpoint Presentation for Parents.

We have designed an unbranded powerpoint for teachers to use to explain the MTC to parents. The presentation explains the Year 4 Multiplication tables Check (MTC) and how they are not to become concerned by it.

MTC Worksheets

We have generated a number of example worksheets for teachers to use in class. They give an example set of 25 questions that you can use to do an MTC practice test. 

MTC Worksheet 1

Don't Forget Times Tables with Emile!

With your Free access to our MTC resource you also get access to Times Tables with Emile, where your students can compete against one another and other classes to see who is a Master of Times Tables and explore the Planet of Meso and discover the true power of times tables.


Expected Results (from the MTC Pilot)

An open spreadsheet was setup and at the time of writing over 240 schools had entered their results from the DfE pilot in June 2019.

The chart shows the percentages of students achieving any particular mark.

By far and away the most common score was 25/25 with just under 18% of students who did the check achieving full marks.

It seems there is no passmark or threshold for the MTC. There is simply full marks or not!

MTC Pilot Results
MTC School Averages

This chart shows the percentages of schools achieving an average mark. So most schools were clustered around the 16-21 range. No school averaged 25. One school averaged 10 and one school averaged 11.

The top 13% of schools had an average of between 22 and 24.

The bottom 14% of schools had an average of between 10 and 14.

The average score for a school was 18.4.

Our Multiplication Tables Check Infographic:

MTC Infographic

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MTC with Emile is not only a practice test, but allows teachers to alter the tables tested and the time for each questions. Teachers can review progress and target weaknesses. 

The interface is identical to the DfE’s own interface. 

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