25-question test all nine-year-olds have to take – and it’s harder than it seems

This June, all Year 4 pupils will be required to take a 25-question times tables quiz to ensure their multiplication is up to scratch – but could you pass the test?

Depending on whether or not you were a maths whizz at school, thinking back to your days spend learning the times table might bring back some vivid memories of your school days.

But if you were to take a test on your multiplication knowledge now, would it still be up to scratch?

This June, all school children in Year 4 will be required to take part in a 25-question times table quiz to make sure they leave primary school “knowing their times tables by heart”, the Manchester Evening News reports.

And while the test might seem easy on the surface, kids will have just six seconds to answer each question before being moved on to the next one – meaning they’ll have to be quick if they want to get top marks.

The test – which was introduced for the first time in 2019 – will cover the times tables from 1 to 12, and the government hopes that by testing children on their quick-fire multiplication, they will be better equipped to solve problems quickly and flexibly.

Former School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said at the launch: “Maths touches so many aspects of everyday life so it’s hugely important that young people are equipped with the ability to perform simple calculations in their heads. Not only will this help them cope with the challenges of maths at secondary school, it will also stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

“That’s why we are bringing in this new check – to make sure all pupils leave primary school knowing their times tables by heart. Just as the phonics screening check has driven up literacy rates in primary schools, so this check will have a similar effect for basic maths.”

But how well would you do when put to the test? You can visit the Manchester Evening News website to take their interactive quiz, or read on for our version.

Remember, you only have six seconds to answer each question – so set yourself a timer, and good luck!

Times Table Quiz

1. 5 x 2 = ?
2. 3 x 11 = ?
3. 2 x 2 = ?
4. 9 x 5 = ?
5. 5 x 8 = ?
6. 5 x 3 = ?
7. 10 x 11 = ?
8. 5 x 4 = ?
9. 8 x 9 = ?
10. 6 x 6 = ?
11. 9 x 1 = ?
12. 7 x 6 = ?
13. 9 x 12 = ?
14. 12 x 2 = ?
15. 4 x 10 = ?
16. 6 x 8 = ?
17. 10 x 8 = ?
18. 7 x 1 = ?
19. 8 x 3 = ?
20. 8 x 12 = ?
21. 4 x 1 = ?
22. 9 x 2 = ?
23. 4 x 6 = ?
24. 6 x 12 = ?
25. 12 x 1 = ?

How did you get on? Did you stick to the six-second rule?

Read on to find out how you did, and let us know your score in the comments!

1. 10
2. 33
3. 4
4. Four. Five
5. 40
6. fifteen
7. 110
8. twenty
9. 72
10. 36
11. 9
12. 42
13. 108
14. 24
15. 40
16. 48
17. 80
18. 7
19. 24
20. 96
21. 4
22. 18
23. 24
24. 72
25. 12

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