The Multiplication Tables Check 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.
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.
Multiplication Tables Check 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.
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.
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.)
The raw data showed that over a 4 month period, students increased the percentage of correct questions by nearly 25% across over 4,000 UK Schools.
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.
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.
With Times Tables with Emile 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.
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 Multiplication Tables Check. There is simply full marks or not!
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.
We run online demo’s daily for teachers throughout the year. They are a great way to see Emile in action and see if it’s right for your tutor group, school or MAT.