I am looking for an opinion on the amount of time that 3rd grade students should be given for multiplication timed tests. I am an inner city school teacher (3rd grade) who gives timed tests each week. The tests are 25 questions and my students have 3 minutes (5 seconds per). My nephew is a third grade student. He attends an affluent school district. His timed tests are 40 questions in 2 minutes (2 seconds per). I feel like this is not a lot of time and the issue is personal because he is not passing (only 5 kids did in the class- a note was sent home). He is able to say the facts with flashcards with reasonable speed. I am looking for opinions. What is the goal of timed tests at this stage, in your opinion? I feel as though it is to measure the students ability to figure the problem out in a reasonable amount of time and speed will come. Am I not challenging my inner city students enough?