Screening and Assessment

Information contained on this page relates to:

Screening Tests.
Computerised Tests.
Paper-based Tests.
Full Diagnostic Arrangements.
Access Arrangements

Screening Tests.

  • Screening tests are designed to give an indication of possible dyslexic difficulties. They are not a diagnosis and are not 100% accurate.
  • Where the test indicates a moderate or high probability of dyslexic difficulties, the best course of action is to follow up with a full diagnostic assessment. This would determine the precise nature of dyslexic and related difficulties. However if this is not possible, it should not prevent the child from receiving appropriate specialist tuition.
  • There are many different types of screening tests: Some are delivered by computer, others need to be administered by a teacher. Some just give an estimate as to whether the child/person is likely to have dyslexic difficulties. A few offer a more detailed profile of strengths and weaknesses which help inform an appropriate teaching strategy.

 Full Diagnostic Assessments.

Diagnostic Assessments should always be conducted by a certified person, qualified to assess:

  • Chartered Psychologist specialising in Specific Learning Difficulties registered with the Health Care Practitioners Council (HCPC)
  • Specialist Teacher/Assessor with an Assessment Practising Certificate.

However, when choosing an assessor the purpose of the assessment should be taken into consideration. For example:

  • If the report is needed to support an application for the Disabled Student Allowance it should be conducted post 16 years of age and carried out by an accredited assessor who also holds a Practising Certificate.
  • If it is for the workplace, ideally it should be by a Chartered Psychologist who is competent to act as an expert witness if called upon.


How to find an Assessor

Access Arrangements.

  • The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) publish regulations, giving details of the latest regulations for Access Arrangements. This is updated every autumn. JCQ members are the six examination boards in England, Wales and Scotland.
  • JCQ do not list specified Access Arrangement tests.
  • PATOSS publications offer guidance on assessments and Access Arrangements.
  • Useful information can be found on the BDA website for Access Arrangements.