Got a Pre-Teen? Try This Mental Math Bootcamp!


In the UK it’s coming up to SATS time for Year 6 (Grade 5) kids. Mental math word questions are an important part of these tests and being able to work with numbers in real-life situations is an essential life skill .

The cool people at have created a tough 15 day Mental Math Bootcamp app to get your kids (and your!) mental math skills in tip top shape. Check it out below!

Some useful tips:

  • Your child can change their answer as many times as they want within the time limit for each question
  • They’ll need to press enter/return once they’ve written their answer

Although it’s a 15 day bootcamp, if your child repeats the day until they can get 18/20 (the app let’s you see the correct answers at the end of each test) they’ll truly become a mental math master!

I only got 17/20 first time round! It’s not easy – that pesky timer moves fast (and I was helping my 5 year old with his homework while doing the test – excuses, excuses!)

Grab your pre-teen and get practising!

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Caroline Mukisa
About The Author: Caroline Mukisa is the founder of Maths Insider. A Cambridge University educated math teacher, she's been involved in math education for over 20 years as a teacher, tutor, Kumon instructor, Thinkster Math instructor and math ed blogger. She is the author of the insanely helpful ebook "The Ultimate Kumon Review" and insanely useful website "31 Days to Faster Times Tables" You can follow her math tips on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @mathsinsider