First: Many timed test books group facts by the largest number as an answer (i.e. addition facts up to 4, addition facts up to 8 etc.) Other tests give large quantities of facts at a time (i.e. do these 100 facts in 5 minutes.) Math Fact Connections timed tests are organized in patterned groupings such as doubles (4+4, 7+7) and plus two’s (6+2, 5+2) in addition and subtraction, and 10’s ( 4 x10, 10 x 6) and 5’s (35÷ 5, 25 ÷5) in multiplication and division.
Second: Instead of teaching all the addition or multiplication facts first and then all subtraction and division facts, Math Fact Connections timed tests teaches addition and subtraction and multiplication and division facts back to back. Math Fact Connections asks students to obtain mastery of a pattern both in addition and subtraction or multiplication and division before going on to the next pattern sequence.
Third: Because the facts are taught in patterned groupings, Math Fact Connections teaches the facts all the way up to 20 at one time. If a child can understand the concept of doubles plus one (4 +4 +1 = 4 +5), then he/she can understand numbers larger than 10 ( 7 +8 = 7 +7 +1).