Times Tables Challenge



Knowing your times tables is very useful, whether you're an adult or of school age. This neat little app will help you to learn your tables.

You can do them all and see how long it takes or focus on specific tables. My kids learnt their tables with this simple app, even getting competitive with each other, seeing who can get highest on the leader board.

Checkout the techniques section to help you.

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Times Tables Challenge




Multiplying (or 'times'ing) any number by another number is the same as adding that number to itself the required number of times. For example 5x4 is the same as adding 4 together 5 times, e.g. 4+4+4+4+4 = 20.

Don't forget that 5x4 is the same as 4x5, so 4+4+4+4+4 = 5+5+5+5, this will help you out loads when you get to the higher tables.

If you do the tables in order then by the time you get to your 8's for example you will have already learnt up to 8x7, only 8x8, 9x8, 10x8, 11x8 and 12x8 will be new. Most schools however teach them in a specific order, probably in year 2 or 3 its 2s then 10s then 11s, then in the next year its 5s, 3s and 6s, then the rest, this should make learning them easier!

Some tables are easier than others. Having some way of remembering your tables is really handy, below is a technique for each table... some of them are tricky though and really just have to be learnt.

0x Table

Anything times zero is zero. e.g. 7 x 0 = 0, 9567 x 0 = 0 and 1000000 x 0 = 0

1x Table

This is easy, one times any number is just that number. Simples!

e.g. 1 x 7 = 7

2x Table

Multiplying any number by 2 is the same as adding it to itself, see, 2x3, is the same as 3+3, they both equal 6.

3x Table

This ones a bit trickier, you can times by 2 then add that number again so 3x6 = 2x6 = 6 + 6 = 18.

4x Table

This can be done by multiplying the number by 2 twice, e.g. 4*5... 2x5 = 10...2x10 = 20, so 4x5=20.

These can get harder as the numbers get bigger, e.g. 4x8.... 2x8 = 16.... 2x16 = 32.

5x Table

This is quite an easy one to remember, 5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40 etc. odd numbers end in 5, evens end in 0, e.g. 3x5=15, 4x5=20

You'll soon get the hang of this!

6x Table

Here is a useful little trick for the even numbers...2x6, 4x6, 6x6, 8x6...

It's half of the 1st number, put in front of the 1st number, e.g. 4x6... 42 = 2... put in front of the 1st number is 24, 8x6... 82 = 4, 4 in front of 8 = 48.

7x Table

The sevens are a bit tricky, luckily you've learnt 7x1, 7x2, 7x3, 7x4, 7x5, 7x6. So we start at 7x7=49, you just have to learn this!

8x7=56, if you rearrange this then it's 5678, of course 7x8=56 as well, 5678.

If you are struggling with a table, then it can often help to turn it round. So if you struggle to remember 8x7, just remember it's also 7x8 (5678).

8x Table

Hopefully you should know upto 7x8 now, then it's 8x8=64, 9x8=72... This is 10x8-8 = 10x8=80... 80-8=72.

You've probably noticed by now that 11 times any single number is just that number twice, so 11x8=88, then just add 8 to this for 12x8 (=96)

9x Table

This table is actually one of the easiest to learn, every answer has the same technique, it's 10 time the number minus the number. e.g. 9x7 = 10x7-7=63, 9x9 = 10x9-9=81. Easy peasy!

10x Table

Add a 0, simple as that.

11x Table

As you've probably noticed, for single numbers this is just the number twice, so 11x6=66.

11x10 = 10x11 = 110 (see above).

For the next 2 you'll just have you try and memorise them, 11x11=121 and 12x11=132

12x Table

Hopefully you've learnt most of these from the other tables, if you can't quite recall, then you can multiply by 10 then add 2 x the number, 12x8... 10x8 = 80, 2x8 = 16, 80+16=96

That's it folks

Don't forget at school you will probably learn the tables in a different order. After using these techniques to learn your tables you should be able to just remember them and recall them instantly when needed. Keep practicing!!

Times Tables Challenge



Tables Challenge is was written to help my kids learn their tables. I have also, at the age of 41, (re)learnt my tables!!

Times Tables Challenge


Getting Started

To start using the Times Tables Challenge click on the start link, then select the tables you's like to attempt.

Select the time that you have to answer the questions. This is initially set to 10 seconds, if you are just starting out then you may want to set this to 20.

Then click start button, this will start the times tables challenge. If you want to start again at any point, or if you change the tables or time then click Restart.

When you have completed the challenge, and you achieve a score, you'll be prompted to enter your name in the high score table, this will only show the top 10, so once there are 10 scores you will have to beat the lowest to get in the table.

You can clear the high score table by clicking on the clear button.

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