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Last reviewed on 19 October 2021
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Find out what you'll need to do to administer the year 4 multiplication tables check – a statutory requirement for 2021/22. Understand how to log in to the online system and how pupils can access practice tests so you can make sure they're prepared.

What does the check cover?

The check tests knowledge of times tables up to 12. There'll be an emphasis on the 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12 tables because these are considered to be the most difficult.

Here are the minimum and maximum numbers of questions that'll be included in the check from each times table:

Multiplication table Minimum number of questions Maximum number of questions
2 0 2
3 1 3
4 1 3
5 1 3
6 2 4
7 2 4
8 2 4
9 2 4
10 0 2
11 1 3
12 2 4

This is set out on page 10 of the multiplication tables check assessment framework.

Test format

Each pupil has to answer 25 questions. 

The test is on-screen.

Pupils have 6 seconds to answer each question. An on-screen timer will count down the time available for each question.

There'll be multiple versions of the test. The version each pupil gets is selected at random.  

The check should take no longer than 5 minutes for each pupil to complete. 

Which pupils take it?

However, your headteacher makes the

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