In the last two weeks in June, Year 4 will be taking part in the Multiplication Test Check (MTC) at school.
The purpose of the check is to determine whether pupils can fluently recall their times tables up to 12, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will also help us to identify pupils who may need additional support.
2. What is the MTC?
The MTC is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times tables questions. 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.
3. What if my child cannot access the check?
There are several access arrangements available for schools to use, and teachers will be able to ensure that these are appropriate for your child prior to the check window closing on 25th June. There are, however, some circumstances in which it may not be appropriate for a pupil to take the check. If you have any concerns about your child being able to access the MTC, you should talk to your child’s class teacher.
4. Do I need to do anything to prepare my child for the check?
No. You do not need to do anything additional to prepare your child for the check. As part of usual practice, teachers may ask you to practice times tables with your child, as they would with spelling. In terms of preparing pupils for the on-screen nature of the MTC, schools will have access to a ‘try it out’ area. They will be able to use this to familiarise pupils with the check and try out any access arrangements that may be required.
5. How will the results be used?
For June 2021, the MTC is optional and no performance data will be published. Schools will be able to view pupil results, however there is no requirement to report these results to parents or carers as the assessment is not statutory for this year.