Ultra Instinct Multiplication Tables: Practice and Automaticity for Test Preparation

Ultra Instinct Goku / Courtesy: Toei Animation

Ultra Instinct describes the elevated state of mental and physical awareness that Goku is able to achieve after years of rigorous training. At this level, Goku is able to move without thinking, which gives him an overwhelming tactical advantage in battle.

Thinking adds to reaction time. By moving without thinking, Goku’s speed and precision are nearly perfect. Training was the key to unlocking his potential.

Test preparation also requires training.

Practice, retention and recall of multiplication facts (i.e., “times tables”) are essential skills for developing solutions for more complex math problems. The ability to quickly recall multiplication facts saves time and builds one of the most frequently-used skills in all of mathematics.

Mastery of multiplication facts involves the process of improving declarative and procedural math knowledge through practice.

That consistent practice leads to eventual automaticity, where you will be able to recall multiplication facts without even thinking. With time, you may even develop the math equivalent of Ultra Instinct (maybe).

Testing is just testing. No more, no less.

Standardized testing is nothing more than a cost-effective way of measuring proficiency. Minimizing cost is the main goal of using standardized tests for assessment of skills mastery. As a result, standardized testing environments have limitations. Those limitations includes the complexity and the scoring of test items.

Test takers cannot control the content of the assessments, but they can control the amount of time spent per test item and the probability of selecting the “best answer” from a list of choices.

Many standardized test scores are norm-referenced. Imagine sitting on a giant number line with all the other test takers.

Your test score only reflects your position on that number line. Your position on that number line only indicates how well you were able to complete the test.

Your test score does not reflect your actual intelligence.

The test scores must be validated in order for local education agencies (e.g., school districts) to use them. The validation procedure must minimize the cost related to the revenue generated from test administration.

Your position on the number line can be affected by how many test items you complete and how many “best answers” you select. As you move higher on the number line, your test score improves.

This sounds obvious, but many test takers forget that small changes to test preparation can make a big difference in test performance.

Therefore, if your average response time per test item (RTPT) is less than the person next to you on the number line, then you may have a better chance of moving higher on the giant number line.

More time invested in practice test items, will lower response time on standardized test.

If your multiplication skills are better than the test taker next to you, then you may have an even better chance of moving higher on that giant number line. More time invested in recall of multiplication facts under time pressure will help prepare your mind for better test performance.

Meaningful test preparation improves test scores. Investing more training time to practice multiplication facts will place you ahead of all the other students who have not invested any time at all.

As your training intensifies into focused multiplication practice, you will be able to complete arithmetic operations without thinking – a characteristic of automaticity, and perhaps, Ultra Instinct multiplication.

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