The Dyslexia Test from the Dyslexia Centre is made up of five separate parts.
The first set of questions looks at the concerns of the individual taking the test as it can be very helpful, in conjunction with other information, to know how the individual perceives the written language and his/her ability at handling it.
The second set of questions looks at the person's ability to spell. Here the picture and meaning is given to ensure that the individual knows exactly which word he/she is required to spell.
The third section looks at the person's ability to rhyme. This is of interest as difficulty with rhyme is often an indicator of dyslexia. Clearly it is not an indicator on its own, but in combination with the results found elsewhere it can be helpful in making a diagnosis.
The fourth section looks at whether the person's reading ability is made better or worse depending on the colour of the background.
The final section looks at the person's information-processing abilities via simple questions, such as, which order do the days of the week go in? to check if there could be a broader problem area other than dyslexia.
We also try to determine whether the person is suffering from impaired transfer of information between the short and long term memories by looking at how much time he/she takes to complete the test, combined with the correct or incorrect answers that he/she scored.
Overall this gives us information on whether it is likely that the individual is dyslexic or not and what other (if any) issues the individual might be facing which can be affecting his/her ability to read the language.
However, it must always be remembered that because this is an on-line test it cannot be seen as the equivalent of a much longer one-to-one session with an educational psychologist, which will be necessary to gain a definitive view. But, in our view, information gathered here can most certainly help form a judgement on where the individual’s weaknesses are and what may be done to help the individual overcome these areas of difficulty.
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