Questions commonly asked about the Dyslexia Test, and our answers.
Is it official?
There is no such thing as an “official” dyslexia test – at least not in the UK, which is where the Dyslexia Centre is based.
In Britain, the nearest thing there is to an official test is one undertaken by an educational psychologist who specialises in dyslexia. The psychologist will conduct a personal interview with the individual concerned, and then write a detailed report. Charges vary, but £300 to £350 is not unusual.
What the psychologist will rarely do is provide materials or support to help the individual overcome some of his/her problems. Thus you will get a statement based on what the psychologist has found – but that’s as far as it goes.
This is in contrast with the Dyslexia Test. Our test clearly cannot be as thorough as that gained from a personal interview and tests, but we do provide a report (normally about six pages of A4) and a set of materials for the individual to help overcome the most significant problem area that we have identified.
Can I use it to get a job that needs good written English?
It is sometimes suggested that because dyslexia is a disability, then once the disability has been diagnosed employers should make allowances for this. This is unfortunately not the case. While a statement that says that in the view of this expert it is believed that the individual has dyslexia can be used to gain extra time in some exams, it will not allow a dyslexic person to take on a job where the ability to read and write English without errors is needed.
Thus an individual who wishes to train as a teacher may have to take a test to measure his/her abilities in English, and having dyslexia may not excuse the individual from having to pass the literacy test. If you are thinking of becoming a teacher it is best to check with the university first.
Is the Dyslexia Centre test normed against the national average?
No, our test is not normed against the national average and does not give a standardised score. What we look for are specific areas of difficulty, and the test discovers what these are. It does not say how good or bad at English an individual is compared with the national average.
The reason for this is simple: it is possible to overcome many of the problems that dyslexia presents. Thus the answers to a set of questions may well show what a person knows, but won’t give an insight into whether that person has dyslexia.
In other words the percentage of questions answered correctly in an English language test might be low because that individual has dyslexia or because that individual received poor tuition at school or is not a native speaker of English. It is only by looking at the other factors contained within the test that a judgement can be made as to whether an individual is poor at English because of dyslexia
Adults / children
The test we have devised can be used by anyone from the age of 8 upwards.
Can I see a sample of the test and/or a sample of the report.
No, we don’t reveal either the test or the report. Clearly if the test became widely known it is possible that a person about to do the test may well have seen it. Secondly, the reports we write are private and confidential and since they make reference back to the test in some detail, again the publication of a personal report could result in another person seeing exactly how the test works, before coming to the test. We are doing everything we can to avoid this, including occasionally making changes to some of the questions in the test.
I am outside the UK. Can I still do the test?
Yes. If you have a credit card you can pay online, and the amount charged will be converted from UK pounds to your local currency. You will pay the rate that the banks convert at, on the day you make your payment.