## How are year 4 pupils doing ahead of the new Multiplication Tables Check? By the end of June 2022, all year 4 pupils in England will have undertaken the inaugural multiplication times table checks. Many year 4 pupils have been utilising Learning by Questions' structured MTC Question Sets to prepare themselves for the types of questions they are likely to encounter. ### What is the pass mark for the Multiplication Tables Check? Perhaps reassuringly, there is no official pass mark for the Multiplication Tables Check. And – even better – the data won’t be published in performance tables. It’s all just a simple way for schools and other educational authorities to see how pupils are doing with this key area of maths so that ‘additional support can be provided’. This all makes great sense. However, there is a small caveat: school-level results will be available to ‘selected users including Ofsted’ for standards benchmarking. Results will also be published at national and local authority level. Which all means that there will inevitably be pressure on schools, teachers and ultimately pupils to make sure that their results are in line with (or better than) local and national averages. ### Analysing LbQ's Multiplication Tables Check data. We have analysed the most recent real data from 1,000 pupils who have used LbQ’s MTC-style Question Sets to give you some insights into how year 4 pupils are doing in their preparation for this new online test check. _NB: A small disclaimer: It’s important to note that the time allowed to complete these Question Sets on LbQ may have been longer than the 6 seconds per question that pupils will be allowed during the actual MTC – this would have depended on the decision making of the individual teachers._ ### What is a good score on the Multiplication Tables Check? The median score from the analysis was 23 out of 25, whilst the most common score was 25/25 – achieved by almost 26% of pupils. However, the mean score was lower at 19.82/25. It was apparent that a significant number of pupils were scoring very low marks, which brought the mean down. Many such pupils may not be entered for the MTC, so the actual mean score could be higher than this nationally. ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/8abe7275-d99f-4978-aaac-ab7d7109752a/2b541758-bd47-4c5d-a207-fb341cd5609fMTCdataanalysis1.JPG "mtc scores") ### Which multiplication tables questions did pupils struggle the most with? The following table shows the top 10 multiplication facts that pupils struggled with the most. Interestingly, many of these are the facts that are more likely to appear due to the test parameters. ![alt text](/filestore/BlogImage/8abe7275-d99f-4978-aaac-ab7d7109752a/12626ce7-8962-41dc-827a-bd93e6a5b434MTCdataanalysis2.JPG "MTC data analysis") As a result of this analysis, we’ve compiled a brand new Question Set to really focus on the questions which are most likely to need extra practice: ‘[MTC: Collection of the Most Challenging Tables Facts](https://www.lbq.org/search/mathematics/assessment/multiplication-tables-check/b4b9bd3f6-880a-4afd-b713-9f7eb69c895e?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&keywords=MTC%3A%20Collection&hide=true)’. You can use LbQ’s MTC sets ([preview one of these sets here)](https://www.lbq.org/search/mathematics/assessment/multiplication-tables-check/practise-multiplication-tables-check-mtc-form-1?years=1,2,3,4,5,6&hide=true&openpreview=true) to help your pupils get used to the format of the checks themselves. In addition, you can help boost their conceptual understanding using any of our [practice times tables sets](https://www.lbq.org/search/mathematics/multiplication-and-division/practice/practise-2-times-table6a4fb57f-56bc-4c33-ba3e-63a4c4fb1b1f?keywords=recalling%20times%20table%20multiplication%20facts%20table&hide=true) with pictorial representations in level 1. Try these resources out with your pupils today with a [free Learning by Questions trial](https://www.lbq.org/TryLbQ). ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ### Related Content **[3 ways that LbQ can help you prepare for the Multiplication Tables Checks](https://www.lbq.org/Blog/multiplication-tables-checks)** ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------