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Multiplication tables check: administration guidance


The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for all year 4 pupils registered at state - funded maintained schools, special schools and academies, including free schools, in England.


This guidance is for schools administering the MTC and expands on section 10 of the 2024 key stage 2 (KS2) assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)1. It includes information to ensure that schools can:


  • access the MTC service
  • prepare administrators for check administration
  • administer the check
  • view and download results
  • provide feedback on the MTC service


The Guidance:

Important Dates Action Required 
Monday 8 AprilSchools can access the MTC service via DfE Sign-in to prepare for check administration
Monday 3 June to Friday 14 JuneMTC administration period
Monday 17 June to Friday 21 JuneSchools administer the MTC to any pupils absent in the administration period or where administration has been delayed due to technical difficulties
Friday 21 June

Deadline for schools to:

  • ensure pupils have completed the MTC or have been recorded as not taking the check
  • submit their headteacher’s declaration form (HDF) on the MTC service by 5pm
Monday 24 June to end of summer termResults (a total score for each pupil) available in the ‘View pupil results’ section of the MTC service, for schools to view or download