How to increase your speed for the QTS numeracy skills test

After years of tutoring people for the QTS numeracy skills test, I have noticed a recurring problem. Everyone who was struggling with the mental maths section and the was not able to answer the questions in 18 seconds, was not very good with the time’s table. Most people trying to get into the teacher’s training have taken the GCSE a while back and have not been required to multiply much since.

If you are one of those people who is struggling with the time’s tables and are still counting on their fingers, here are a few great ways to improve that speed and pass that skills test.




  • Practice on paper. If you are old fashioned or a visual learner, you might want to practice this on paper. We have prepared this multiplication sheet for you.


  • Ask a friend for help. Next time you hang out with your friends, you can ask them to quickly give you some multiplication questions that they think are hard to answer fast, like the 7, 8 and 9 times tables.

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